- Every person is different and has a different contribution to make. No one is destined to fail. As you seek revelation to see gifts God sees in those you lead in the priesthood —particularly the young—you will be blessed to lift their sights to the service they can perform. With your guidance, those you lead will be able to see, want, and believe they can achieve their full potential for service in God’s kingdom.
He encourages us to help young men recognize the gifts they have from God and the potential for good that they can accomplish.
- If you will try with any young man to sense his priesthood possibilities, I promise you the Lord will tell you as much as you need. The boy may have potential even beyond what the Lord will reveal to you. Help him aim high.
He speaks of building the kingdom of God here on the earth. He refers to our part in building up Zion where we live.
- Angels rejoice as priesthood leaders across the world build Zion in their wards, stakes, and missions. And they will rejoice over the young men and women you help to build Zion wherever they are and in whatever circumstances they may be. Zion is the result of people bound by covenant and love. I invite you to help your youth to join.
President Eyring says that our best efforts to show support to our youth is by our example in our own families. He challenges us to help them see the great blessings of living to have an eternal family and what potential that blessing has here and in the life to come.
- Life eternal is to live in unity, in families, with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Eternal life is only possible through the keys of the priesthood of God, which were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Holding that eternal goal before the youth you lead is as great a gift as you could give them. You will do it primarily by example in your own family. Those you lead may not have a family in the Church, but I challenge you to help them feel and want the love of family on both sides of the veil.
President Eyring shares a great story about his father going to a baseball game with him, and also about the day he received his Patriarchal Blessing.
- When I became a deacon at the age of 12, I lived in New Jersey, 50 miles (80 km) from New York City. I dreamed of being a great baseball player. My father agreed to take me to see a game played in the old and storied Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx. I can still see the swing of the bat as Joe DiMaggio hit a home run into the center field stands with my father sitting beside me, the only time we ever went to a major league baseball game together.
- But another day with my father shaped my life forever. He took me from New Jersey to the home of an ordained patriarch in Salt Lake City. I had never seen the man before. My father left me at the doorstep. The patriarch led me to a chair, placed his hands on my head, and pronounced a blessing as a gift from God that included a declaration of the great desire of my heart.
- He said that I was one of those of whom it had been said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I was so surprised that a perfect stranger could know my heart that I opened my eyes to see the room where such a miracle was happening. That blessing of my possibilities has shaped my life, my marriage, and my priesthood service.
President Eyring ends with words of hope that God is supportive of our efforts and is here to guide us. We are to use our gifts to help others and to assist them in finding their own gifts that God has given to them.
- God knows our gifts. My challenge to you and to me is to pray to know the gifts we have been given, to know how to develop them, and to recognize the opportunities to serve others that God provides us. But most of all, I pray that you will be inspired to help others discover their special gifts from God to serve.
These words of President Eyring inspire me to want to do more with my children. I have one son who is close to beginning his lifelong and eternal priesthood service. I see so much potential in him to do good. I need to focus on some of the great things I see in him and help him discover how those gifts that he has will allow him to be a better servant of our Heavenly Father. I need to start including him in my priesthood service and make sure that I am setting a proper example of what priesthood service really is. I have an obligation to my daughters as well to help them recognize times of service and great abilities they have to raise people to new heights. I need to help organize activities on a Sunday afternoon that allow them to think of others and how they can bring some sunlight to someone's darkened world. That is my challenge over the next couple weeks, to help by kids see a little more of what the Lord expects of them throughout their entire life in preparation for eternity.