Whom does President Henry J. Eyring address when he starts questioning the Church?
One might think that the president of BYU-Idaho would immediately call his father, President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency.
When President Henry J. Eyring was a young lawyer, a supervisor who knew he belonged to the Church told him that new research had invalidated the Book of Abraham. "I was shaken by that accusation," he said.
But he had a secret weapon. His father had just been called as a General Authority.
So, he called his father on the phone, described his situation and waited for the answer that would have denied these accusations. But his father's answer surprised him.
"He simply asked," Did you read the book of Abraham? & # 39;
"Yes," I replied.
"He asked," How do you feel when you read it? "
"" Well, "I admitted.
"& # 39; What else do you need to know?" Churches. "
That telephone conversation did not help him much at work, President Henry J. Eyring explained in a university devotion speech held on Tuesday 18 September in the BYU-Idaho Center auditorium. However, this made him reflect for the last 30 years on his testimony of the Book of Abraham and other works of the Scriptures revealed to Joseph Smith.
So where does he turn if not his father?
To the examples found in the scriptures, he said.
From reading the stories of Enos and Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon during his teens, President Eyring learned of the need for heart-repenting repentance. Following their examples, he prayed for forgiveness and peace.
"When those feelings came to me, as they had for them, I knew in my heart and mind that those stories are true." I could not deny that Enos and Alma the Younger were real people whose stories had been compiled by the prophet Mormon. and reveal to the Prophet Joseph Smith. "
Moreover, he knew that in this dispensation "the Lord restored His gospel to its fullness and His church in its entirety, with priesthood leaders authorized to speak for Him," President Eyring said. Thus, he obtained an unshakable testimony that the Church restored through Joseph Smith is still led by a living prophet and other leaders, called under his direction, he said.
"Whenever I am tempted to doubt the Church or any of its leaders, past or present, I just need to reevaluate my spiritual state," President Eyring said. "I ask myself the question:" Are they true? "
For an affirmation to be true, all parts must be true. A part of falsehood makes the whole statement false. According to the standard, the answer to President Eyring's question is always "no".
"There is always some weakness that I can identify, some failure that requires repentance," he said.
Whenever he follows the cycle of recognition and repentance, he is not only relieved of the pain of feeling "false", but has also tried again to himself that the Church and its sacred teachings are true, she said.
President Eyring invited anyone to fight doubt on the Church to attempt a spiritual experiment. "Suppose the Church is true, despite the human frailties of its members and leaders, so look for at least one way you are not faithful to the Church's teachings."
After reflecting on this regret long enough to feel a softened heart, we should look for Heavenly Father's direction, consider talking to his bishop, then follow the example of Enos and Alma, President Eyring said. "Pray for the feelings of remorse and for the orientation in doing things the right way, done this, pray for the feelings of forgiveness."
While this happens, "you can recognize not only the miracle of forgiveness, but also the power of Church doctrines, through which forgiveness has arrived," he said. "You can once again demonstrate the truthfulness of the Church, despite the imperfections of its members".
President Eyring's wife, Sister Kelly C. Eyring, also spoke at Tuesday's devotional while comparing the process of obtaining a testimony for the collection of small coins.
"Only one penny is not worth much," he said. "In fact, we might think it is not worth spending time and effort to collect it."
However, accumulating many pennies for a long time produces financial fortunes.
"Likewise, the habit of seeking and gathering the seemingly small experiences that Heavenly Father poses in our day can fill our testimony banks to overflow," Sister Eyring said. "The key is to recognize and" gather "those experiences and insert them into our spiritual" bank accounts "where they can be added and enlarged, rather than being lost in memory."