During a historic worldwide gathering March 29, President Henry B. Eyring spoke to Latter-day Saint women, young women and girls about the path they must take on their journey back to their Heavenly Father.
“That path is marked by sacred covenants with God,” he said. “I will talk with you about the joy of making and keeping those covenants.”
President Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, was the concluding speaker at the Church’s General Women’s Meeting March 29. The broadcast, originating from the Conference Center, was translated into 55 languages and sent to millions around the world via the Church satellite system and on television, radio and the Internet.
“This is an historic meeting,” said President Eyring, noting it is the first time LDS women, young women, and girls, 8 and older, had gathered together.
Addressing the topic, “Daughters in the Covenant,” President Eyring said a number of girls in the meeting were baptized recently and received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. “To you that memory is fresh,” he said. “Others were baptized long ago, so the memory of your feelings of that covenant experience may be less clear, but some of those feelings come back whenever you listen to the sacramental prayers.”
No two Latter-day Saints will have the same memories of the day they were baptized, he said. “But we each felt God's approval. And we felt a desire to forgive, and to be forgiven, and an increased determination to do right.”
President Eyring said his mother was the one who prepared him for making the baptismal covenant and all other covenants that would follow.
“You may not have clapped your hands when you first heard that invitation to covenant by baptism, but you surely felt the love of the Savior and a greater commitment to nurture others for Him. I can say surely to this audience because those feelings are placed deep in the hearts of all of Heavenly Father's daughters. That is part of your divine heritage from Him,” he said.
President Eyring told members of the worldwide congregation that they were tutored by their Heavenly Father before they came into this life. “He helped you understand and accept that you would have trials, tests and opportunities perfectly chosen just for you. You learned that our Father had a plan of happiness to get you safely through those trials and that you would help bring others safely through theirs. This plan is marked by covenants with God.”
It is a free choice to make and keep covenants, he explained. “Only a few of His daughters have the opportunity in this life to even learn of those covenants. You are one of the favored few. You, dear sisters, each of you, is a daughter in the covenant.”
Latter-day Saint women have been blessed not only to find the way to make those covenants in this life but also to be surrounded with others who will help, he continued.
“You all have felt the blessing of being in the company tonight of daughters of God who are also under covenant to help and direct you as they promised to do,” he said. “I have seen what you have seen as covenant sisters keep that commitment to comfort and help — and do it with a smile.”
President Eyring spoke of Sister Ruby Haight, wife of Elder David B. Haight — who before becoming a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles served as president of the Palo Alto Stake in California. “He prayed over, and worried about, the girls in the Mia Maid class in his own ward. So, President Haight was inspired to ask the bishop to call Ruby Haight to teach those young girls. He knew she would be a witness of God who would lift, comfort, and love the girls in that class.”