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President Henry B. Eyring: 'The Power of Sustaining Faith'

Second counselor in the First Presidency

Notable quotes:

"You make a promise with God, whose servants these are, that you will sustain (the servants of God)."
"We could rise higher in our power to sustain each other."
"In the priesthood quorum and in the family, increased faith to sustain each other is the way we build the Zion the Lord wants us to create."

Summary points:

  1. Sustaining God’s chosen leaders brings happiness.
  2. Improvements could be made in sustaining one another.
  3. The home and family are both proven powers of faith.

Talk summary:

One's faith to sustain servants of God are often at the heart of happiness in life.

"You choose whether to sustain all whom the Lord calls — in whatever the Lord has called them. That choice happens in conferences all over the world. It has happened in this one. In such meetings, names of men and women — servants of God — are read and you are invited to raise your hand to sustain. You can withhold your sustaining vote, or you can pledge your sustaining faith.

"By raising your hand to sustain, you make a promise. You make a promise with God, whose servants these are, that you will sustain them."

Keeping those promises requires faith and will bring eternal happiness.

Members across the world are generally loyal to each other and to those who preside over them.

"There are, however, improvements we could and must make. We could rise higher in our power to sustain each other. It will take faith and effort."

Pray for leaders as they share their inspired messages. Listen for messages from their talks that will come as to personal prayers for help. "When the answers come, and I promise you they will, we will grow in our faith to sustain all the Lord's servants."

The home and family are proven powers of faith.

"In the priesthood quorum and in the family, increased faith to sustain each other is the way we build the Zion the Lord wants us to create. With His help we can, and we will. It will take learning to love the Lord with all our heart, might, mind, and strength and to love each other as we love ourselves."

In the news:

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 family 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.

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