Heed spiritual impressions

Be conscious of and heed spiritual impressions, Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve urged those at BYU Women's Conference during the closing session in the Marriott Center May 2.

As an example, Elder Haight related how a few years ago he glanced at the Deseret News one evening in his office and noticed an article about a young man who was being honored posthumously by the governor of Utah for a heroic deed. "I didn't pay much attention to it, and so I kind of tossed it to one side. . . . I had an instant impression I should read that article again."

He said he pulled the newspaper back in front of him and reread the article and noticed there would be a viewing that night for the young man. "I went to the mortuary and stood in line. . . . I could see a casket and the parents standing by the casket and then there was a young man, probably in his 20s standing by them."

Elder Haight said when he met the young man and the parents, he discovered they were less-active members of the Church. Elder Haight shook hands with the mother and said, "I'd like to ask you to come to my office one of these days after you've gone through your period here of your mourning and sadness and to bring what family you'd like. Why don't you come to my office and let's talk about John (the name of the deceased)."

Later, they did come to Elder Haight's office. "We had a visit. This was after hours, and talked about John and the gospel, the gospel principles and eternal life. And I gave them one of those little paperback copies of the Book of Mormon and signed it for each of them and told them that I would stay in touch with them."

Elder Haight also spoke of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. "We wrote this in the temple. Every word of it is correct regarding women and marriage and families and children. The gospel is true. It is the hope of the world."