President Henry B. Eyring: ‘Women and Gospel Learning in the Home’

Second counselor in the First Presidency

Notable quotes:

During the women's session of the October 2018 general conference, President Eyring spoke about women and gospel learning in the home.

  1. "It takes great love to feel the needs of someone else more than your own. That is the pure love of Christ for the person you nurture."
  2. "Whatever your personal circumstance, you are part, a key part, of the family of God and of your own family, whether in the future, in this world, or in the spirit world."
  3. "Each of you will pray, study and ponder to know what your unique contribution will be."

Talk summary:

The Lord has charged the women of the Church to be “the principal gospel educators” in the family. "The includes the nurture of gospel truth and knowledge."

Fathers and mothers are partners — equal in their potential and unified in their efforts. “They are equal in their divine destiny to be exalted together. In fact, they cannot be exalted alone.”

Women have a great capacity to love and hear the whisperings of the Spirit — which gives them guidance to know how to nurture and teach.

The Savior is the perfect example for all sisters, from all backgrounds, in their efforts to improve gospel learning in the home. "Each of you, equally yoked with sons of God, will be a major part of a miracle of gospel learning and living that will hasten the gathering of Israel and will prepare God's family for the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ."


Pray, study and ponder the best ways to learn and share both spiritual and secular knowledge that will help you be a gospel educator within your family.

Speaker Snapshot:

  • President Henry B. Eyring has been a General Authority for more than three decades since he was first called in 1985.
  • As a young man, President Eyring received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Utah.
  • 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.
  • For seven years, President Eyring was the first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
  • From 1980 to 1985 and from 1992 to 2005, he was the Church Commissioner of Education.
  • President Eyring has lived on the West Coast and was a professor at the School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971.
  • For six years from 1971 to 1977, President Eyring was the president of Ricks College.
  • He also has Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Harvard University.
  • He married Sister Kathleen Johnson in the Logan Utah Temple in July 1962.
  • President and Sister Eyring are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

On the Web:

  • President Eyring has both Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • His Facebook account shared the importance of submitting to God’s will and trusting in God’s timing.
  • On Twitter, he spoke about the importance of knowing that God has a plan for all.

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