Gen. Conf. - Living Church - Eyring
"God's people have not always been worthy of the marvelous experience we have shared today. The Apostles, after the Ascension of Christ, continued to exercise the keys He left with them. But because of disobedience and loss of faith by the members, the Apostles died without the keys being passed on to successors. We call that tragic episode "the Apostasy." Had the members of the Church in those days had the opportunity and the will to exercise faith as you have today, the Lord would not have taken the keys of the priesthood from the earth.
I've never considered that. I've always known that the apostasy was foretold by prophets, but I never considered why the apostasy happened. That speaks a lot to the state of the people during those times...
"Each of us must make an individual evaluation. First, we need to measure the depth of our gratitude for membership in the true Church of Jesus Christ. Second, we need to know by the power of the Holy Ghost in what ways we can do better in keeping the commandments.
I find it very
interesting that out of only two methods spoken of, he should choose measuring the depth of our gratitude as a personal evaluation of our faithfulness. I find it interesting because recently, I wrote
about a discussion had on the topic of gratitude. Hmm... Very interesting.
"Families across the Church are searching for ways to strengthen and protect their children against the evils around them. In some cases those parents are desperately trying to bring back some in their family who have wandered. I am confident that there will be, increasingly, a reward given by God for their efforts. Those who never give up will find that God never gave up and that He will help them.
What a powerful statement. Never, never, never give up. Always, always, always strive to hold to the doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As always... President Henry B. Eyring gave a wonderful talk, speaking through the power and influence of the Holy Ghost of God.
How blessed we are to have him here with us to teach us and inspire us.