To Uplift and Inspire: Trust in that Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good

I’m always seeking for ways to improve myself, and the Spirit is always the best source of inspiration for that. This talk was given on that topic during the General Women’s Session of Conference by President Henry B. Eyring. It is entitled Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to do Good.

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“Our desire to serve others is magnified by our gratitude for what the Savior has done for us. That is why our hearts swell when we hear the words sung “Because I have been given much, I too must give.””

“There are three memories and three commitments that I pray will stay with them over a lifetime and even beyond. The memories are of feelings. And the commitments are of things to do.”

“The feeling of greatest importance is love. You have felt the love of the great sister leaders who have spoken. […] You have felt love for others tonight—for friends, schoolmates, neighbors, and even someone who just came into your life, a stranger. That feeling of love is a gift from God.”

“A second feeling you have had tonight was the influence of the Holy Ghost. Sisters have promised you this day that the Holy Ghost will guide you to find the service the Lord would have you give to others for Him.”

“The Lord said, “And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit” (D&C 11:12).”

“The third feeling you have had tonight is that you want to be closer to the Savior.”

“So, with those feelings, the first thing you must commit to do is to go and serve, knowing that you do not go alone. When you go to comfort and serve anyone for the Savior, He prepares the way before you.”

“You will also find that the Lord puts helpers by your side—on your right, on your left, and all around you. You do not go alone to serve others for Him.”

“The second thing you must do is remember the Lord as you go in service for Him. The Lord not only goes before our faces and sends angels to serve with us, but He also feels the comfort we give others as if we had given it to Him.”

“I repeat the wise counsel of Sister Linda K. Burton.

She has asked you to pray in faith to know what the Lord would have you do in your circumstances.”

“My hope is that the sisters in our family will do the best they can out of love for God to serve those in need. And the third thing I hope they will do is to be personally modest about their good works. Yet I will pray that they will accept the counsel of the Lord, when He said—which I am confident we all need to hear:

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” […]

“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

“That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:1, 3–4).”

“I testify that this is the Church of the resurrected Jesus Christ. He is risen. He paid the price for all of our sins. I know that because of Him we will be resurrected and can have eternal life. President Thomas S. Monson is His living prophet. Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.

I witness that we grow closer to the Savior as we, out of pure love, serve others for Him.

I so leave you that sure witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

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Thanks for reading,



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