Instructed and inspired: Conference speakers share poignant personal reflections, timeless truths
President Eyring expressed special concern about ministering to the needs of quorum members who have, for whatever reason, suffered spiritual damage in their lives.
“For instance,” he said, “when I have gone to try to help someone wavering in his or her faith about the Prophet Joseph Smith’s divine calling, feelings come back to me. It is not only the words from the Book of Mormon. It is a feeling of assurance of truth that comes whenever I read even a few lines from the Book of Mormon. I cannot promise that it will come to every person infected with doubt about the Prophet Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God because I have treasured it.”
President Eyring also urged patience and compassion with those who are struggling with their faith. “Our human tendency is to be impatient with the person who cannot see the truth that is so plain to us,” he said. “We must be careful that our impatience is not interpreted as condemnation or rejection.”
President Monson closed the priesthood meeting regarding the “sacred privilege to brighten, to touch, and to save those precious souls entrusted to our care,” as he discussed home teaching, the church’s program of individualized stewardship for members organized through local priesthood quorums.
Using tender and humorous stories from his own experience (including one from many years ago of a home teacher showing up unannounced at the late President Gordon B. Hinckley’s home without an appointment only to find himself having to teach not only President Hinckley, but also the late President Spencer W. Kimball as well as Thomas S. Monson), President Monson instructed how home teaching, done well, can transform lives.
Additional addresses are summarized on Page A5.
Also Saturday, church leaders announced the transition of three members of the First Quorum of the Seventy — Elders John B. Dickson, Paul E. Koelliker and F. Michael Watson — to emeritus status and the release of Elder Kent D. Watson of the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
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