Hope and Service

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“Hope and Service,” New Era, May 2014, 4

Hope and Service

President Henry B. Eyring

A Priceless Heritage of Hope

General Conference, April 2014

Photograph by Church Publishing Services

“Wherever you are on the path to inherit the gift of eternal life, you have the opportunity to show many people the way to greater happiness. When you choose whether to make or keep a covenant with God, you choose whether you will leave an inheritance of hope to those who might follow your example. …

“The greatest of all the blessings of God, eternal life, will come to us only as we make covenants offered in the true Church of Jesus Christ by His authorized servants. …

“The Lord has given us all the source of hope as we struggle to help those we love accept their eternal inheritance. He has made promises to us as we keep trying to gather people to Him, even when they resist His invitation to do so. Their resistance saddens Him, but He does not quit, nor should we. He sets the perfect example for us with His persistent love.”

The Priesthood Man

“Each of you will be a model of a priesthood man whether you want to be or not. … You can be a great model, an average one, or a bad model. You may think it doesn’t matter to you, but it does to the Lord. …

“I have observed three common characteristics of the priesthood holders who are my heroes. One is a pattern of prayer, the second is a habit of service, and the third is a rock-hard decision to be honest. …

“… Each of us can make a difference. We have been prepared for our time and place in the last days of that sacred work.”

Daughters in the Covenant

“Heavenly Father taught you before you were born about the experiences you would have as you left Him and came to earth. You were taught that the way back home to Him would not be easy. He knew that it would be too hard for you to make the journey without help.

“You have been blessed not only to find the way to make those covenants in this life but also to be surrounded by others who will help—who, like you, are covenant daughters of Heavenly Father. …

“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 also what you may become.”