Abide with Me

“Abide with Me,” Friend, Aug. 2014, 2–3

From the First Presidency

Abide with Me

From “‘Come unto Me,’” Ensign, May 2013, 22–25.

Eyring, Henry B.

I felt the Savior’s love and closeness that evening.

Friend Magazine, 2014/08 Aug

The Savior loves us, and He invites us to be close to Him. He said, “Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love” (D&C 6:20). I often feel the joy of coming closer to the Savior through simple acts of obedience to the commandments.

When I was young, sacrament meeting was a separate meeting held in the evening. I remember one Sabbath day when I kept the commandment to gather with my family and the Saints for sacrament meeting. It was dark and cold outside. I remember feeling light and warmth in the chapel that evening. We took the sacrament, promising to always remember the Savior and keep His commandments.

At the end of the meeting we sang the hymn “Abide with Me; ’Tis Eventide” (Hymns, no. 165). Part of that hymn says, “O Savior, stay this night with me.”

I felt the Savior’s love and closeness that evening. And I felt the comfort of the Holy Ghost.