Saturday, October 31, 2020

President Henry B. Eyring on the work of the last dispensation

President Henry B. Eyring (born May 31, 1933) served in the Presiding Bishopric from 1985-1992, as a Seventy from 1992-1995, then was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He has served in the First Presidency since 2007.
"Many of the specifics of what we will do and when we will do it in the unfolding Restoration are not yet revealed. Yet the First Presidency even in those early days knew some of the breadth and depth of the work the Lord has set before us....

"Even an unbelieving world will recognize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and realize the power of God upon it. Faithful and brave disciples will fearlessly, humbly, and openly take upon them the name of Christ in their everyday lives.

"How, then, can each of us participate in this work of such magnitude and grandeur? President Nelson has taught us how to grow in spiritual power. When we take repentance as a joyful opportunity because of our growing faith that Jesus is the Christ, when we understand and believe that Heavenly Father hears our every prayer, when we strive to obey and live the commandments, we grow in our power to receive continuing revelation. The Holy Ghost can be our constant companion. A feeling of light will stay with us even as the world around us becomes darker."

- Henry B. Eyring, "Prayers of Faith," General Conference April 2020, Saturday morning

I'm just one small person in a very large world. Can my preparation, my efforts, really matter that much to God's grand vision of eternity? President Eyring believes that each of us matter far more than we believe, and God depends on us perhaps more than we know. It becomes crucial for each of us to be as earnest and focused as we possibly can in our preparation and participation. As we become "faithful and brave disciples" we will proudly display the name of Christ in our lives.

These then become the great keys to growing in "spiritual power" so that we can more fully participate in the great latter-day work:
I always appreciate how clear and concise President Eyring teachings about the essence of the Gospel, and how personal and sincere his instructions and invitations are. These beautiful reminders help us feel more of God's light in a world that rapidly grows darker.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2020)

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