President Henry B. Eyring testified in the priesthood session of conference that “when you do your part, the Lord adds His power to your efforts.”
“Any calling we receive in the Lord’s kingdom requires more than our human judgment and our personal powers,” declared President Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency. “Those calls require help from the Lord, which will come. Even the new deacon will learn that is true, and he will go on learning over the years.”
President Eyring spoke of seeing a deacon pass the sacrament to a Church member in a care center.
“She looked at the bread as if it were precious,” he said. “I have never forgotten her smile as she partook and then reached up to pat the deacon’s head, saying quite loudly, ‘Oh, thank you!’
“That deacon was simply performing his priesthood duty, yet the Lord multiplied the deacon’s act,” President Eyring remarked. “It was evident that the lady remembered the Savior as she expressed sincere gratitude for a deacon’s service. She was reassured as he served the sacrament to her that she would have the Spirit to be with her. She was not alone that day in the care center. Neither was the deacon alone in his modest service.”
A young teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood may not sense, as he goes to teach a family, that he is a partner with the Lord in His work, President Eyring remarked, adding that he remembered the simple testimony of a young home-teaching companion who came into the Eyring home.
“The Spirit confirmed his words to me and to my family,” he said. “He may not remember that day, but I do.”
Likewise, the Lord will magnify the efforts of a young man when he is called to become a priest, he said.
“The Lord will do His greater part. He did it for me once when the boy I baptized, tears streaming down his face, said in my ear, ‘I’m clean. I’m clean.’
“As you move from one priesthood service to another, you will see the Lord is in the work with you.”
He said he learned that from meeting an elders quorum president in a stake conference years ago. At the conference more than 40 names were presented of men who were to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, all of whom had been less-active prospective elders.
President Eyring said he was introduced to a young elders quorum president and told that most of the men had been brought back to activity because of him.
The elders quorum president, who didn’t believe he deserved the credit, said softly, “I know every inactive guy in this town. Most of them have pickup trucks. I have a truck, too. I wash my pickup where they wash theirs. In time, they become my friends. Then I wait until something goes wrong in their lives. It always does. They tell me about it. I listen, and I don’t find fault. Then, when they say, ‘There is something wrong in my life. There just has to be something better than this.’ I tell them what it is and where they can find it. Sometimes they believe me, and when they do, I take them with me.”
President Eyring remarked, “The young man who — like you — was a servant of the Lord, simply believed that if he did his small part, the Lord would help those men along the path to home and to the happiness only He could give them. “
Acknowledging there will be times when priesthood holders don’t have such success, he said, “That is the time when you will need to be confident that the Lord, knowing you would do your part in the work, called you through His authorized servants.”
Such faith was crucial, he said, in the missionary service of his great-grandfather, Henry B. Eyring, who served a mission to the Cherokee Nation where he baptized a number of people and, after the death of the mission president, was called to that position and served in the Creek and Choctaw Nations also.
Political leaders among the people would no longer permit Latter-day Saint missionaries to do their work. Elder Eyring wrote to Brigham Young asking his direction but he did not receive a reply. Because of a dream he had, he departed for Salt Lake City, and, true to the dream, President Young received him with approval.
“Whatever your calling in the priesthood, you may have at times felt Heavenly Father was unaware of you,” he said. “You can pray to know His will, and with the honest desire to do whatever He asks you to do, you will receive an answer.”
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