I don’t think that my kids have ever been that well behaved in a session of Stake Conference. Don’t get me wrong. Things weren’t perfect, and we had a rough spot near the beginning, but overall (especially near the end), I was amazed at how well they behaved.
The talks again were wonderful. Even those talks that were given by the young man and young woman were inspired. Perhaps it was the spirit that President Eyring brought with him to the meeting. Regardless, this was perhaps the best General Session of Stake Conference I can ever remember attending.
For his last talk to us, President Eyring discussed prayer. He shared the important message of remembering that the Lord helps those who help themselves.
He shared a story about when he was a young boy his adult teeth had grown in crooked. And as kids are often likely to do, he was teased by his peers for it. So, he offered a prayer of faith for God to turn his teeth so that they wouldn’t be crooked.
He knew that when he woke up in the morning that his teeth were going to be straight. His faith was so strong that when he woke up he didn’t dare feel to see if they had turned for fear that it would show lack of faith. Instead he got up with a smile knowing that his teeth were fixed.
Until he saw his reflection in the mirror. They were still crooked. After more thought and prayer on the matter, he realized that the Lord had provided him with the tools to straighten his teeth. So after several years when his body was old enough he had them fixed by an orthodontist.
Thus, we see an example of how the Lord blessed him as a young man. He didn’t need his teeth miraculously healed by the Lord overnight. Rather he needed to know that the Lord cared for him.
It was a great session. I feel very privileged to have had this chance to sit and learn at the hand of a prophet of God. I thank the Lord for providing me this opportunity.
My testimony has been strengthened this weekend. I know more assuredly, that President Monson is a prophet of God and that he leads Christ Church this day. I know more fully that Jesus is the Christ, and that he atoned for our sins. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.