President Henry B. Eyring continued the theme of service during the April 2016 women’s session of conference in his talk, entitled, Trust in That Spirit Which Leadeth to Do Good . He said that throughout the meeting, the sisters would be “inspired to do more to help our Master in His work to lift up and to succor the children of our Heavenly Father.” I hadn’t thought much about what I should do before he spoke those words, but they prompted me to say a little prayer and ask what I could do.
Like others I have heard from, I enjoyed the conference, but I too wondered how could I fit in more when my life is already so full. I had to evaluate how I use my time. I have 10 children and they all still live with me. I homeschool all but one of those children. I have a constant battle with toys, piles and piles of papers, laundry, dishes, and cooking enough food to fill my growing children. I am spending time trying to make money working from home. We recently moved to a new area and I do not know anyone… I sat back and quickly thought about how I use my time.
President Eyring listed three things we would have felt during the conference: love for others, the influence of the Holy Ghost, and a desire to be closer to the Savior. With that, President Eyring told us that the “the first thing you must commit to do is to go and serve knowing that you do not go alone.” He said that, “when you go to comfort and serve anyone for the Savior, He prepares the way before you. As the returned missionaries here tonight will tell you, that doesn’t mean that every person behind every door is prepared to welcome you or that every person you try to serve will thank you. But the Lord will go before your face to prepare the way.”
I continued to think. Can I possibly do more? And the Holy Spirit did whisper to me about times in my daily life that I could change and that would open the door for me to do more and better things.
President Eyring was not asking us to run faster than we are able or to neglect our duties as wives and mothers. He was asking us to listen to the whisperings of the Spirit and act upon them. Our answers will all be different. Some may be prompted to focus their efforts on serving their young children. Others may be prompted to do a little better with their visiting teaching. Others will be prompted to seek out their neighbors and serve their friends. And some may be prompted to seek out refugees and give of their means and time. The key is to ask, listen, and then act.
I prayed, and I got an answer about how I can change my actions to make time for more needful things. Like President Eyring declared, I felt the Spirit. My thoughts were turned to some people and I know what I must do. Now I just need to act in faith that the Savior will go before me and I can have the heart and the energy to do what I am asked.
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