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President Henry B. Eyring: 'Sacred covenants'

LDS Church News

Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT

Sister Haight was at least 30 years older than the girls she taught. Yet, 40 years after she taught the class, she would greet President Eyring's wife, Kathy — one of those Mia Maids — with a smile. “I saw more than her smile,” President Eyring said. “I felt her deep love for a sister she still cared for as if she were her own daughter. Her smile and warm greeting came from seeing that a sister and daughter of God was still on the covenant path home.

“Heavenly Father smiles on you as well whenever He sees you help a daughter of His move along the covenant path toward eternal life. And He is pleased every time you try to choose the right. He sees not only what you are but what you may become.”

President Eyring said Heavenly Father sees greater potential in His children than they — or even their earthly mothers — see.

“He sees that glorious potential in all of His daughters wherever they are. Now, that puts a great responsibility on each of you. He expects you to treat every person you meet as a child of God.”

While Satan may be attacking sisters at earlier ages, the Lord is lifting sisters to higher and higher levels of spirituality, he said.

Speaking of Eve, wife of Adam, President Eyring said she helped her family see the path home, when the way ahead seemed hard.

“You have her example to follow,” he said. “By revelation Eve recognized the way home to God. She knew that the Atonement of Jesus Christ made eternal life possible in families. She was sure, as you can be, that as she kept her covenants with her Heavenly Father, that the Redeemer and the Holy Ghost would see her and her family through whatever sorrows and disappointments would come. She knew she could trust in Them.”

Even though Eve faced sorrows and disappointments, she found joy in the knowledge that she and her family could return to live with God, said President Eyring. “I know that many of you who are here face sorrows and disappointments. I leave you my blessing that, like Eve, you may feel the same joy that she felt, as you journey back home.

“I have a sure witness that God the Father watches over you in love. He loves each of you. You are His daughters in the covenant. Because He loves you, He will provide the help that you need to move yourself and others upward along the way back to His presence.”