This past weekend was a very special one for me. It was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ semi-annual General Conference. I love to hear the words of the prophets and apostles in my home and and feel the spirit it brings. The talk that left the biggest impression on me was given by President Henry Eyring.
In his talk he shared two stories about his father. Both stories focused on the power of the Holy Ghost. The first was about his father praying to find a church to attend. At every intersection he came to he said a quick prayer to know which way to turn so that he could find this church and take the sacrament. The other story was about the passing of his mother.
He explained the second story like this:
“I stood next to my father in a hospital room, my mother, his wife of 41 years, lay on the bed. We had watched her for hours. We began to see the lines of pain d
isappear from her face, the fingers of her hands which had been clenched into fists relaxed, and her arms came to her sides.
“The pains of decades of cancer were ending. I saw in her face a look of peace. She took a few short breathes and then a gasp and then lay still. We stood there waiting to see if another breath would come.
“Finally dad said quietly ‘our little girl has gone home’.
“He shed no tears. That was because the Holy Ghost had long before given him a clear picture of who she was, where she came from, what she had become, and where she was going. The spirit had testified to him many times of a loving heavenly father, of a savior who had broken the power of death, and of the reality of the temple sealing he shared with his wife and family. The spirit had long before assured him that her goodness and faith had qualified her for the return to a heavenly home where she would be remembered as a wonderful child of promise and be welcomed home with honor. For my dad that was more than a hope. The Holy Ghost had made it a reality for him.”
His father continued to be an example of this principle. President Eyring continues the story and says “We gathered up my mothers things to take home. Dad stopped to thank every nurse and doctor we met on the way out to the car. I remember with some irritation that I felt that we should leave to be alone with our grief. I realize now that he saw things only the Holy Ghost could have showed him. He saw those people as angels sent by God to watch over his sweetheart. They may have seen themselves as healthcare professionals, but dad was thanking them for their service on behalf of the Savior.”
What an amazing perspective his father had. In a very hard time of tribulation his father was not doubting God, he was not bitter or angry, but he was thanking others. With the Holy Ghost we can see what our Heavenly Father’s plan is for us, we can understand why trials may be present in our life, and then, in return, we will be able to thank him for those trying times. This is only made possible through the witness of the Holy Ghost.
In one of my favorite quotes from this talk President Eyring says, “Only through the Holy Ghost can we see people and events as God sees them.”
The Holy Ghost is a very important tool God has given us to return back to Him. I know, much like President Eyring’s Father, that the Spirit has given me a clear picture of who I was, where I came from, what I have become, and where I am going. The Spirit has testified to me of a loving Heavenly Father. I know the truth of the scriptures and the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that through the Holy Ghost we can have a positive perspective in life, even when times may be hard. And I know YOU can know this for yourself, too. Just ask Him.
I love my Savior, I love the prophets and apostles messages, and I love the gospel.