President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of the Quorum of the Twelve, reassured priesthood holders of the LDS Church that the Lord does not abandon any of his children as they do his work.
President Eyring had the opportunity of welcoming one of his grandsons into the Aaronic priesthood six days before the priesthood session of the October 2015 General Conference.
Using him as an example, President Eyring talked about how the Lord can help Saints realize his purposes by fulfilling callings and priesthood duties.
While visiting a care center, President Eyring recalled an experience where a deacon passed the Sacrament to an old woman who accepted the tray with much enthusiasm.
“It was evident that the lady remembered the Savior as she expressed sincere gratitude for a deacon’s service,” the First Counselor said. “She was reassured as he served the Sacrament to her that she would have the Spirit to be with her. She was not alone that day in the care center. Neither was the deacon alone in his service.”
President Eyring expanded on this experience, observing how the boy simply performed his duty as a priesthood holder.
With the help of the Lord, the act was multiplied and it meant something much greater to the elderly woman.
He added that a continued effort to righteously serve in all levels of the priesthood allows the Lord to work through his servants.
President Eyring saw this truth as he observed the service of an Elder’s Quorum president years ago while sitting in a stake conference.
The Elder’s Quorum president helped 40 brethren receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.
President Eyring discovered that the secret behind his success was his ability to make friends with the inactive members of his town and listen to their problems.
“The young man, who — like you — was a servant of the Lord, simply believed that if he did his small part, the Lord would help those men along the path to home and to the happiness only he could give them,” the apostle said.
In a final example, Elder Eyring shared the story of his great-grandfather, Henry Eyring.
Having only been a convert to the church for seven months, Eyring was called to serve a mission in the Cherokee Nation.
He served for three years until he became the mission president.
Under his stewardship, President Eyring noted that his great-grandfather organized two branches of the church until political controversy banned him from serving anymore in the Cherokee Nation.
President Eyring confessed that his great-grandfather felt unqualified for the work he had to do.
“The only reason he could have had the courage to go was that he knew in his heart that God had called him though his authorized servant,” he said. “It was the source of his courage.”
In conclusion, President Eyring prayed that the men of the church would reach out in faith and service to help souls come back to God.
“God will add his power to his servants’ efforts” he said. “Hearts of the people will be touched to make the choices that will bring them along the gospel path toward happiness and away from sorrow.”
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