Seminary and institute teachers do wonderful work. Yet, said Elder Henry B. Eyring, they must do more.
"Too many of our students become spiritual casualties," said Elder Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve and commissioner of Church Education. "Many go into the mission field and to the temple worthily. Yet your heart and mine aches when we think of a name and see a face of someone we taught and loved and then learned failed in the mission field or in a temple marriage.
"One such tragedy is one too many."
Speaking to Church Educational System employees and volunteers, Elder Eyring said great power is needed to get the gospel into the hearts of young people.
"God is always ready with the help we need," he said.
Quoting Doctrine and Covenants 42:14, Elder Eyring said, "And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach."
"You can see why knowing how to get the Spirit matters so much to us," Elder Eyring said. "What will keep our students pure and at peace in the world they face is more than knowing the gospel and the word of God. It is more than knowing the wonderful organization, the inspiring history, and the great leaders of the Church. They must choose obedience to the Lord's commandments in the face of greater temptations and trials. They must do it out of faith in Jesus Christ. And that faith can only come through the witness of the Spirit.
"You must have the Spirit as your constant companion to teach with power."