President Henry B. Eyring: ‘A Home Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells’

Second counselor in the First Presidency

Notable quotes:

“The family that prays together is together, even when they are far apart.”
“Building faith in Jesus Christ is the beginning of reversing any spiritual decline in your family and in your home. That faith is more likely to bring repentance than your preaching against each symptom of spiritual decline.”
“The restoration of the gospel started with a humble question pondered in a humble home, and it can continue in each of our homes as we continue to establish and practice gospel principles there.”

Summary points:

  1. Building faith in Jesus Christ is the beginning of reversing any spiritual decline in families and homes.
  2. Prayer, repentance, cultivating the missionary spirit and visiting the temple are all ways to feel — and keep — the Spirit in homes.
  3. Parents in the Church have been blessed with an inspired curriculum for families and individuals. As they use it, they will build their faith and the faith of their children.

Talk summary:

On April 6, 1830 in the Whitmer family home in Fayette, New York, the Prophet Joseph Smith officially organized the restored Church under the direction of the Lord. The event brought together a small group of people in the home where they felt the Holy Ghost and were in a “holy place.”

“That miraculous feeling is what we all want in our homes. … My purpose today is to teach what I know of how we can qualify for that feeling more often and invite it to last longer in our families. As you know from experience, that is not easy to do.”

Contention, pride and sin have to be kept at bay. Even good people eventually face a spiritual decline if they don’t protect the things that make a strong family.

“Building faith in Jesus Christ is the beginning of reversing any spiritual decline in your family and in your home. That faith is more likely to bring repentance than your preaching against each symptom of spiritual decline.”

Five principles — growing in faith, praying with love, teaching early repentance, cultivating the missionary spirit and visiting the temple — help families feel and keep the Spirit in their homes.

“The restoration of the gospel started with a humble question pondered in a humble home, and it can continue in each of our homes as we continue to establish and practice gospel principles there.”

To those who have tried “with full heart” for the blessing of a gospel-oriented home and it has not been granted, he promised something he learned from a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:

“He said, as well as I can remember, ‘You are worrying about the wrong problem. You just live worthy of the celestial kingdom, and the family arrangements will be more wonderful than anything you can imagine.’ ”

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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 Sister Kathleen Johnson in the Logan Utah Temple in July 1962. They are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

Recently on social:

  • On Instagram, President Eyring shared that he has to find a regular time to study the scriptures.

  • Around Christmastime, President Eyring recalled the joy he felt as a young boy when he and his family used to sing around their piano. He also asked that others remember the joy that comes from knowing the Savior will redeem all people.

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As a young boy, I would gather with my family around our Winkler piano, now more than a hundred years old. The piano is still a precious heirloom because it was dear to my mother as a gift from her husband when they were poor. My parents had known poverty and were frugal. The Christmas gifts we received were modest. But my mother had a rich soprano voice. She played her piano at Christmas as she led us in singing familiar carols and sacred hymns. . I don’t know if she thought of herself as inviting us to share in a lasting gift. But even as a young boy, I felt inexpressible joy singing those songs. I could feel not only the love of my mother and father and two brothers, but of my Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. . I sensed that love I felt then was something I had experienced before this life in the spirit world. I wanted more than anything else to feel it someday in a home of my own. And I wanted to live so that I could return with a family of my own to our heavenly home, where I knew Heavenly Father and the Savior would be waiting. Now when I see that piano, memories of love with my family and love from the Savior flood back over me. . As we sing in choirs, families, and classes, and as we listen together, the carols of Christmas remind us of our shouts of joy when we learned that we could come to this world and be given a Savior to redeem us. Someday we will sing those songs with the hosts of heaven.

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  • President Eyring testified in a tweet that God knows and loves all of His children.