President Henry B. Eyring: ‘Covenant Women in Partnership with God’

Second counselor in the First Presidency

Notable quotes:

“For each one who makes … covenants, the service that the Lord calls him or her to do will be suited perfectly to that person. The covenant daughters and sons of God, however, all share one important and joyful call. It is to serve others for Him.”
“You cannot know when, or for what length of time, your personal mission will be focused on service in calls such as mother, leader, or ministering sister. …Yet you know from scripture and living prophets that all of these assignments will come, either in this life or in the next, to every daughter of God.”
“Becoming a covenant woman in partnership with God is how great and good daughters of God have always mothered, led, and ministered, served in whatever way and place He has prepared them for. I promise that you will find joy in your journey to your heavenly home as you return to Him as a covenant-keeping daughter of God.”

Summary points:

  • Every covenant daughter of God will have the opportunity to serve in calls as a mother, leader or ministering sister.
  • Each assignment is preparation for eternal life in loving families and each assignment requires much of the same preparation.
  • Although the assignments appear to be different, “they all require the preparation of a powerful, loving heart, a fearless faith that the Lord gives no command save He prepares a way, and a desire to go and do for Him.”

Talk summary:

Covenant daughters and sons of God all share one important and call: to serve others for Him. 

“You cannot know when, or for what length of time, your personal mission will be focused on service in calls such as mother, leader, or ministering sister. … Yet you know from scripture and living prophets that all of these assignments will come, either in this life or in the next, to every daughter of God.”

Each assignment is preparation for eternal life in loving families and each assignment requires much of the same preparation.

For example, whether individuals have the assignment of 10-year-old daughter whose father has died, or as Relief Society president whose town has burned in a fire or are in the hospital for surgery, “you have a chance to fulfill your call from the Lord to be His ministering daughter.”

Although the assignments appear to be different, “they all require the preparation of a powerful, loving heart, a fearless faith that the Lord gives no command save He prepares a way, and a desire to go and do for Him.”

Similarly, daughters of God must prepare for the call to be a leader for the Lord when it comes. “It will require faith in Jesus Christ rooted in your deep love of the scriptures to lead people and to teach His word without fear. Then you will be prepared to have the Holy Ghost as your constant companion.”

It takes much the same preparation when the Lord calls His daughters to be a mother. “But it will also take an even more loving heart than you needed earlier. It will take faith in Jesus Christ beyond what has ever been in your heart. And it will take a capacity to pray for the influence, direction, and comfort of the Holy Ghost beyond what you may have felt was even possible.”

In the news:

  • President Eyring spoke at the leadership session of the Church’s 189th Semiannual General Conference in October 2019, where President Russell M. Nelson announced a historic policy change allowing women, youth and children to serve as witnesses of ordinances.
  • On May 19, 2019, President Eyring rededicated the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. He had spiritual experiences as he remembered his great-grandfather, who served his mission in the area. 
  • At the 2019 Mission Leadership Seminar in June, President Eyring reminded new mission presidents and companions of their role to help missionaries in helping others. 

About the speaker:

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

Recently on social:

  • President Eyring shared a photo of him and his wife, Sister Kathy Eyring, on their wedding day on Instagram, and shared his testimony of temples and eternal life and marriage. 
  • President Eyring bore his testimony on Instagram of the power of the Atonement to help people get through their problems and the power of worthiness.