Power of deliverance

PROVO, UTAH

Bearing witness of divine power and deliverance, President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, addressed BYU students during the second devotional of the semester Jan 15.

President Eyring said that although no two people are alike, all are in the midst of a test and, at some point in life, all will need God's power and deliverance.

"Two things will be the same for us all," he said, "they are part of the design for mortal life.

"First, the tests at times will stretch us enough for us to feel the need for help beyond our own. And second, God in His kindness and wisdom has made that power of deliverance available to us."

To people who question why a loving Heavenly Father would put His children through such trials in the first place, President Eyring said it is because "He wants to give us a happiness which is only possible as we live in glory with Him in families forever and trials are necessary for us to be shaped and made fit to receive that happiness."

He said, "Some of you may feel the pressures of those tests now, but all of us will face them. It helps to know that they do not come from random chance or from a cruel God."

President Eyring proceeded to describe three types of trials — the trial of death, the trial of opposition and the trial of sin — and the power of deliverance available to pass through them, making it clear that "the power of deliverance is available, not to escape the test but to endure it well."

The first trial of which he spoke is death. "Life ends early for some and eventually for us all. Each of us will be tested by facing the death of someone we love." President Eyring described a recent meeting with a man he had not seen since his wife had passed away. "He was smiling as he approached me. Remembering his wife's death, I phrased a common greeting very carefully, 'How are you doing?'

"The smile vanished, his eyes became moist, and he said quietly, with great earnestness, 'I'm doing fine. But… it's very hard."'

"The hardest part of the test," President Eyring said, "is to know what to do with the sorrow, the loneliness and the loss which can feel as if a part of us has been lost. Grief can persist like a chronic ache. And for some there may be feelings of anger or injustice."

Of the Savior's role, President Eyring said the "Atonement and resurrection give Him the power to deliver us in such a trial. Through His experience He came to know all our grief. He could have known it by the inspiration of the Spirit but He chose instead to know by experiencing them for Himself.

"He can know which, of the many things you can do to invite the Holy Ghost to comfort you, will be best for you." President Eyring said those seeking deliverance will be inspired to do things that will bring the Comforter into their lives. "Sometimes it will be to pray. It might be to go comfort someone else."

A second type of trial is that of opposition. Noting that there is much anger in the world, he said that from the Prophet Joseph Smith's example it is apparent that opposition can grow as members of the Church become "more valuable to the Lord's purposes." President Eyring also said that sometimes the Lord allows trials to come in order to help His children "develop faith to make choices which will bring the power of the Atonement to work in our lives."

He said the guide to finding deliverance from opposition is found in Doctrine and Covenants 112:10, which states: "Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers."

President Eyring also noted, "We might make the mistake of assuming that illness, persecution and poverty will be humbling enough. But they don't always produce by themselves the kind and degree of humility we will need to be rescued…. The humility you and I need to get the Lord to lead us by the hand comes from faith."

Speaking of the last trial, President Eyring said, "The most important and most difficult trial for us all is to become clean and to know that we are…. What it takes to qualify for the powers of deliverance in the trials of life also can qualify us for the assurance we need that we will have passed the ultimate test of mortality."

In conclusion, President Eyring said deliverance requires humility before God, prayer, a willingness to obey and service to others out of love for them and for the Savior. All these things will bring closer contact with the Spirit and a gradual "mighty change" will occur.

"Your experience in enduring well in the trials of life by drawing on God's power of deliverance can bring you the assurance you need to find peace in this life and confidence for the next."

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