President Henry B. Eyring: Priesthood heroes


President Henry B. Eyring spoke to the brethren of the priesthood on becoming heroes through their personal righteousness.

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency spoke at the priesthood session of General Conference April 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

President Eyring said growing up, he admired Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees. Using pictures from newspapers, President Eyring would try to copy the baseball star’s swing.

Likewise, he said the same principle was true for our spiritual heroes.

“When we choose heroes, we begin to copy, consciously or unconsciously, what we admire most in them,” he said.

He said every priesthood holder would be a model of a priesthood man, whether they wanted the responsibility or not.

“You became a lighted candle when you accepted the priesthood,” President Eyring said. “You can be a great model, an average one or a bad model. You may think it doesn’t matter to you, but it does to the Lord.”

He also identified three common characteristics of priesthood holders who were his personal heroes: a pattern of prayer, a habit of service and a rock-hard determination to be honest.

President Eyring concluded by reminding the members of the priesthood to “remember that of all the service you give, none is greater than to help people choose to qualify for eternal life.”

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