President Henry B. Eyring discussed his desire for all to claim the blessing of having the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in his Sunday morning General Conference address.
“My purpose today is to increase your desire and your determination to claim the gift promised to each of us after we were baptized.”
President Eyring went on to explain the promises that the Lord gives through his Sacrament prayer.
“We can, if we live worthy of it, have the blessing of the Spirit to be with us, not only now and then, but always.”
There are many blessings that come with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, according to President Eyring.
“The companionship of the Holy Ghost makes what is good more attractive and temptation less compelling. That alone should be enough to make us determined to qualify for the Spirit to be with us.”
President Eyring taught that the companionship of the Holy Ghost helps members be ready for the deaths of loved ones.
“The death of a loved one may come unexpectedly. It is the witness from the Holy Ghost of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father and a resurrected Savior that gives us hope and comfort at the loss of a loved one. That testimony must be fresh when death occurs.”
President Eyring encouraged those who may not feel totally worthy of the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost by teaching that feeling the influence of the Spirit can help one’s faith to receive that constant companionship.
“For those who are struggling with the high standard needed to qualify for the gift of the Spirit’s companionship, I offer this encouragement. You have had times when you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost. It may have happened today.”
He taught the importance of acting on the spiritual promptings we receive so that a seed of faith may grow.
“You can treat those moments of inspiration like the seed of faith that Alma described. Plant each one. You can do that by acting on the prompting you felt.”
President Eyring finished his message by sustaining the call of the new apostles and testifying of the keys that President Thomas S. Monson holds.
“I bear you my witness that God the Father lives, that the resurrected Jesus Christ leads his church, that Thomas S. Monson holds all the keys of the priesthood, and that revelation through the Holy Ghost guides and sustains The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its humble members.”
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