President Henry B. Eyring: ‘Prayers of Faith’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“Throughout his prophetic ministry, Joseph Smith used prayers of faith to obtain continuous revelation. As we face today’s challenges and those yet to come, we too will need to practice the same pattern.”
“When I pray with faith, I have the Savior as my advocate with the Father and I can feel that my prayer reaches heaven. Answers come. Blessings are received. There is peace and joy even in hard times.”
“As we pray in faith, we become a vital part in the Lord’s work as He prepares the world for His Second Coming.”

Summary points:

  • To participate in the work of the Lord and the Restoration, each person has to grow in spiritual power.
  • Spiritual power is grown through increasing faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.
  • Joseph Smith used prayers of faith to usher in the last dispensation and obtain continuing revelation.

Talk summary: 

In the Restoration, each person’s part is vital. The work of the Lord in the last days is one of vast magnitude and grandeur.

To participate in the work of the Lord, each person has to grow in spiritual power. “When we take repentance as a joyful opportunity because of our growing faith that Jesus is the Christ, when we understand and believe that Heavenly Father hears our every prayer, when we strive to obey and live the commandments, we grow in our power to receive continuing revelation.”

The key to receiving revelation from God, as shown by Joseph Smith, is the prayer of faith.  “Throughout his prophetic ministry, Joseph Smith used prayers of faith to obtain continuous revelation. As we face today’s challenges and those yet to come, we too will need to practice the same pattern.”

Latter-day Saints can turn to words from the sacrament prayers as descriptors of daily life: “Always remember him” and “keep his commandments.” 

A prayer offered in faith in Jesus Christ ushered in this last dispensation. “And it will be at the heart of the part each of us will play in its continuing unfolding.”

Satan attempted to thwart the beginning of the Restoration because Joseph’s prayer was so important. It took all of Joseph’s power to call upon God to deliver him.

While each person will have a smaller part to play in the Restoration, Satan will still try to stop each person from praying. “The example of Joseph’s faith and his determination can strengthen us in our resolve.”

Each person’s ability to make a vital contribution to the Restoration will increase as faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father grows. “As we pray in faith, we become a vital part in the Lord’s work as He prepares the world for His Second Coming.”

In the news:

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:

  • In a March 5 Facebook post, President Eyring shared details about a recent trip to Idaho. “I spent some of the happiest years of my life in Idaho as the president of Ricks College. As I visited with religious, government, and community leaders, I felt the immense goodness of the people,” he wrote.

I have just returned from a wonderful visit to Idaho—a place that feels like home to me. I spent some of the happiest…

Posted by Henry B. Eyring on Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • On Dec. 22, 2019, President Eyring posted a photo of a wooden box he had designed and built for his wife one year as a Christmas gift. He wrote about how creating that gift for his wife “brought a feeling of love for my family and the Master.” 

One year for Christmas, I decided to design and build a wooden treasure chest for my wife. I needed the generous help of…

Posted by Henry B. Eyring on Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • In a Twitter post on Nov. 26, 2019, President Eyring reminded his followers that “God the Father lives and loves us. He wants us to come home to Him in families.”
  • Highlighting the importance of gratitude, President Eyring posted to his Instagram account on Nov. 27, 2019, with a photo of one of his watercolor paintings. “One way to bring more gratitude into our lives is to offer a private prayer with thanks,” he wrote. “You could start to count your blessings and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind.”