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President Henry B. Eyring: ‘Tested, Proved and Polished’

Second counselor in the First Presidency

President Henry B. Eyring speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 4, 2020. Credit: Screenshot
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Notable quotes:

“Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know and love you. They want you to return to Them and become like Them. Your success is Their success.”

“The Father’s plan of happiness has at its center our becoming ever more like His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In all things, the Savior’s example is our best guide.”

“You are being nourished and comforted by a loving Savior who knows how to succor you in whatever tests you face.”

Summary points:

  • God’s purpose in the Creation of this world was “to give His children the opportunity to prove themselves able and willing to choose the right when it is hard.”
  • Unshakable faith is required to change one’s nature and become more like God.
  • Heavenly Father provided a Savior and the power of individual agency to help individuals overcome the trials of this world and return unto Him.

Talk summary: 

God’s purpose in the Creation of this world was “to give His children the opportunity to prove themselves able and willing to choose the right when it is hard.” By so doing, each person would have the opportunity to change their natures to become more like Him and “He knew that would require unshakable faith in Him.” 

Because Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love all, they want all to return to Them and become more like Them. But considering the trials and difficulties of this world, “You might reasonably wonder why a loving and all-powerful God allows our mortal test to be so hard.”

The Lord knows that for one to live in His presence in families forever, one must grow in spiritual cleanliness and stature. To make that possible, “Heavenly Father gave us a Savior and the power to choose for ourselves by faith to keep His commandments and to repent and to come unto Him.”

At the center of Heavenly Father’s plan is the opportunity for “our becoming ever more like His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In all things, the Savior’s example is our best guide.”
He, too, had need to prove Himself and thus “endured for all of Heavenly Father’s children, paying the price for all our sins.” By suffering for all mortality, the Savior “knows how to succor you in whatever tests you face.” 

Amidst the trials of mortal life, “the way to come unto Him is to feast upon His words, to exercise faith unto repentance, to choose to be baptized and confirmed by His authorized servant, and then to keep your covenants with God.”

The greatest blessing — a change in nature to become more like Him — will come only “when we prove ourselves faithful to our covenants during our trials” and when we “notice the tribulation of others and try to help.” In lifting the burdens of others, even a little, “Our backs are strengthened and we sense a light in the darkness.” 

In the news:

About the speaker:

  • President Henry B. Eyring has been a General Authority for more than three decades since he was first called in 1985.
  • He served as a counselor to President Thomas S. Monson from 2008 to 2018 and as a counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 2007 to 2008. Now, he is serving as second counselor to President Russell M. Nelson.
  • He married Kathleen Johnson in the Logan Utah Temple in July 1962. They are the parents of four sons and two daughters.
  • He served as president of BYU–Idaho — then Ricks College — from 1971-1977.

Recently on social:

  • Feasting on the word of God, heartfelt prayer and obedience to the Lord’s commandments must be applied evenly and continually for one’s testimony to grow and prosper, President Henry B. Eyring taught in an Aug. 20 Facebook post.

  • In a June 28 Instagram post, President Eyring pled with readers to do two simple things that will move one forward spiritually: always remember the Savior and pray always.

  • In a May 24 Facebook post, President Eyring testified that Heavenly Father hears the prayers of those carrying burdens and understands each person’s needs.

  • President Eyring described how the words of the sacrament prayers should define each person’s daily live, in an Instagram post on May 3.

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