Mountains to Climb, by Pres. Eyring

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I have to say that I love the talk by President Henry B. Eyring, " Mountains to Climb".  I love it for a few reasons.  I feel as I listen to him that God truly does know the mountains I have had to climb.  Yet I am fearful for the ones ahead of me.  In fact I would love to avoid them.  So when I heard Pres. Eyring tell us that before we should ask for mountains to climb we need to be prepared with a foundation of faith and then he said,  " One of the keys to an enduring faith is to judge correctly the curing time required. That is why I was unwise to pray so soon in my life for higher mountains to climb and greater tests."   Thank you Pres. Eyring for letting me know that it is okay to not feel ready for greater challenges. 

I have seen Pres. Kimball's quote "Give me this mountain, give me this challenge" quoted often, but now feel the words by President Eyring should immediately follow.  We need to be sure we have an enduring foundation of faith in order to succeed with the higher mountains to climb.    For me that is a rather scary thought.  I look back at what I have been through in life from birth to now.    Some were good challenges, some I really could have done without.  Yet they all made me stronger (yet more stubborn too).  I now can look back on all most all the challenges and feel the blessings of them,  yet I fear for more growth.  And fear is the opposite of faith, and I think that is the part the scares me the most.  Will I be ready, when my Master wants me to take a new climb and what will my attitude be toward that challenge?

At the end of his talk he told the following story: " One of the speakers at her  (his mother's) funeral was President Spencer W. Kimball. Among the tributes he paid, I remember one that went something like this: “Some of you may have thought that Mildred suffered so long and so much because of something she had done wrong that required the trials.” He then said, “No, it was that God just wanted her to be polished a little more.” I remember at the time thinking, “If a woman that good needed that much polishing, what is ahead for me?”


Denise G May 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM  

Great job. You are learning so much and I am proud of you. -SG