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Henry B. Eyring Henry B. (Bennion) Eyring

1933 - living

  • Born 1933, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Kathleen Johnson; six children
  • Bishop, Counselor to District President, Regional Representative
  • First Counselor in Presiding Bishopric 1985-1992
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1992-1995
  • Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 1995-2007
  • Second Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley 2007-2008
  • First Counselor to President Thomas S. Monson 2008-present

   Adapted from a biographical sketch that appeared in the Church News April 8, 1995, shortly after Elder Eyring's call to the Twelve
Elder Eyring Sustained As Newest Apostle

    Elder Henry B. Eyring, who has served as a General Authority for 10 years, was sustained a member of the Council of the Twelve Saturday morning, filling a vacancy created when President James E. Faust was called to be second counselor in the First Presidency.

    Previous to his call as an apostle, Elder Eyring, 61, served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since October 1992. Before that he was first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric for 71/2 years. Since September 1992 he has been Commissioner of Church Education, a position he also held from September 1980 until his call to the Presiding Bishopric in April 1985.

    Elder Eyring was introduced to the news media at a news conference following the Saturday afternoon session of conference.

    "I am overwhelmed," he told representatives of the media. "I never imagined I would be called to this sacred service." He received the call to the Council of the Twelve from President Gordon B. Hinckley Friday afternoon.

    Elder Eyring was sustained to his new calling Saturday morning and gave his first general conference address as an apostle Saturday afternoon. "It has been a momentous day," he told the news media. "I am humbled and honored to be given this sacred calling."

    He said he would continue for the immediate future as commissioner of Church education. "There will be no change in my assignment—only in my schedule," he said.

    Elder Eyring was born May 31, 1933, in Princeton, N.J., where his father, Henry Eyring, an eminent scientist, was a professor of chemistry at Princeton University. The family moved to Salt Lake City when the senior Eyring accepted a position on the University of Utah faculty.

    Elder Eyring earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Utah. Then he spent two years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, N.M. After leaving military service, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Business where he earned a master's degree and doctorate in business administration.

    From 1962 to 1971, Elder Eyring was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He was a Sloan Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963 and 1964.

    In 1972, he was appointed president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and served in that position until 1977 when he was named deputy commissioner of Church Education.

    He has served in the Church as a regional representative, member of the General Sunday School Board, district president's counselor, district missionary, and bishop.

    In response to a reporter's question at the news conference about people who have influenced his life, Elder Eyring said the greatest influence has been his wife and family. He and his wife, Kathleen Johnson Eyring, have four sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

    On October 6, 2007, Elder Eyring was sustained as Second Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley, following the death of President James E. Faust.

    When President Hinckley died on January 27, 2008, the newly installed President, Thomas S. Monson, called President Eyring to be his First Counselor. He continues to serve at this writing.

   "Elder Eyring Sustained As Newest Apostle," Church News, Apr. 8, 1995
   Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, Lawrence R. Flake, p.559
   2005 Church Almanac, p.28

Talks, Treatises, Sermons, and Discourses
   "Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times" CES Fireside, BYU, September 10, 2006

Selected Discourses and Writings
Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete listing available free on the web of Henry B. Eyring's talks and articles. Please email the Grampa if you note any busted links, errors, or if you are aware of any Henry B. Eyring talks or articles not listed here but available on the web.

You will note that most are available only as text; some are available only in an audio (ASX, MP3, or WMA) format; while still others are available in both text and audio formats.

Family Followership Ensign, April 1973  
Untitled Ricks College Devotional
28 August 1973
Untitled Ricks College Devotional
8 January 1974
Untitled Ricks College Devotional
10 September 1974
The Extra Dimension of Ricks College Ensign, April 1975  
Untitled Ricks College Devotional
9 September 1975
Untitled Ricks College Devotional
11 November 1975
The Slippery Side of Sin Ricks College Devotional
17 February 1976
Writing Our Book of Life Ricks College Devotional
7 September 1976
Education Ricks College Devotional
11 January 1977
My Life Experiences Ricks College Devotional
12 April 1977
The Brother of Jared: An Expert at Learning Ensign, July 1978  
Ricks is Special Ricks College Devotional
18 November 1980
Gifts of Love BYU Devotional, 9 December 1980 MP3
Strengthen Your Testimony Ricks College Devotional
23 February 1982
A Law of Increasing Returns BYU Fireside, 28 March 1982 MP3
Giving with Joy Ensign, December 1982  
Discovering Truth BYU Fireside, 8 February 1983 MP3
Heavenly Father Reaches Out to His Children Ricks College Devotional
15 February 1983
Gifts of Love New Era, December 1983  
Ears to Hear
Note: This was Bishop Eyring's first General Conference address after he was called as a General Authority, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
General Conference, April 1985  
Good Judgment and Common Sense BYU Fireside, 16 August 1985 MP3
Child of Promise BYU Fireside, 4 May 1986 MP3
Conversations with a Bishop New Era, June 1986  
The Spark of Faith General Conference, October 1986  
Going Home BYU Devotional, 18 November 1986 MP3
Elder Neal A. Maxwell: Pursuing “A More Excellent Way” Ensign, January 1987  
Trials of Faith Certain Ricks College Devotional
16 February 1988
Because of Your Steadiness General Conference, April 1988  
Commencement Address Ricks College Graduation
21 April 1988
Listen Together BYU Fireside, 4 September 1988 MP3
Do What They Think You Can’t Do New Era, October 1989  
Remembrance and Gratitude General Conference, October 1989  
Come Unto Christ BYU Fireside, 29 October 1989 MP3
Waiting Upon the Lord BYU Fireside, 30 September 1990 MP3
To Draw Closer to God General Conference, April 1991  
Teaching Is a Moral Act
BYU Annual University Conference, 27 August 1991  
"Choose to Be Good"
BYU Devotional, 12 November 1991 MP3
Draw Closer to God Friend, February 1992  
Commencement Address Ricks College Graduation
23 April 1992
Child of Promise New Era, August 1993  
To Choose and Keep a Mentor
Note: The introductory writeup on this talk states that Elder Eyring was a member of the Twelve when it was delivered. This seems to be an error. Unless they have dated it incorrectly, according to the Grampa's calculations, he was a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
BYU Annual University Conference, 26 August 1993  
Surrender to Christ Ricks College Devotional
21 September 1993
Blessed Are the Peacemakers BYU Fireside, 6 February 1994 MP3
“Always Remember Him”
Note: This was Elder Eyring's first General Conference address to the Saints as the then newest member of the Twelve. He seems not to have given any talks in General Conference during his relatively short tenure in the First Quorum of the Seventy.
General Conference, April 1995  
To Touch a Life with Faith General Conference, October 1995  
The Family BYU Fireside, 5 November 1995 MP3
Always Remember Him New Era, December 1995  
“Always Remember Him” Friend, May 1996  
A Legacy of Testimony General Conference, April 1996  
Faith of Our Fathers BYU Devotional, 20 August 1996 MP3
Making Covenants with God BYU Fireside, 8 September 1996 MP3
Witnesses for God General Conference, October 1996  
Friend to Friend Friend, April 1997  
Finding Safety in Counsel General Conference, April 1997  
“Feed My Lambs” General Conference, October 1997  
A Child of God BYU Devotional, 21 October 1997 MP3
The Word of God Friend, January 1998  
The Family Ensign, February 1998  
Commencement Address Ricks College Graduation
26 April 1997
That We May Be One General Conference, April 1998  
Commencement Address Ricks College Graduation
25 April 1998
Finding Safety in Counsel Friend, August 1998  
A Voice of Warning General Conference, October 1998  
Always BYU Fireside, 3 January 1999 MP3
The Power of Teaching Doctrine General Conference, April 1999  
A Voice of Warning Friend, October 1999  
“Always” Ensign, October 1999  
Do Not Delay General Conference, October 1999  
Watch Over and Strengthen General Conference, April 2000  
A Life Founded in Light and Truth BYU Devotional, 15 August 2000 MP3
“Write upon My Heart” General Conference, October 2000  
“Watch with Me” General Conference, April 2001  
Education for Real Life CES Fireside, 6 May 2001  
A Life Founded in Light and Truth Ensign, July 2001  
A Consecrated Place BYU Annual University Conference, 27 August 2001  
A Steady, Upward Course BYU Idaho Devotional
18 September 2001
Prayer General Conference, October 2001  
Studying and Teaching the Old Testament Ensign, January 2002  
True Friends General Conference, April 2002  
Debt Management BYU Idaho Graduation
27 April 2002
Your Friend, the Bishop New Era, October 2002  
Education for Real Life Ensign, October 2002  
Rise to Your Call General Conference, October 2002  
Family Testimony Friend, December 2002  
A Child and a Disciple General Conference, April 2003  
Learning How to Learn BYU Idaho Graduation
26 April 2003
A Matter of the Heart New Era, November 2003  
An Enduring Testimony of the Mission of the Prophet Joseph General Conference, October 2003  
Being a Witness for God Friend, December 2003  
The Book of Mormon Will Change Your Life Ensign, February 2004  
How to Know the Truth New Era, May 2004  
In the Strength of the Lord General Conference, April 2004  
Don’t Delay Friend, June 2004  
We Must Raise Our Sights Ensign, September 2004  
Faith and Keys General Conference, October 2004  
Raise the Bar BYU Idaho Devotional
25 January 2005
Elder David A. Bednar: Going Forward in the Strength of the Lord Ensign, March 2005  
Hearts Bound Together General Conference, April 2005  
A Discussion on Scripture Study Ensign, July 2005  
Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady General Conference, October 2005  
Always Remember Him New Era, December 2005  
As a Child General Conference, April 2006  
Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times CES Fireside, 10 September 2006 ASX
A Priesthood Quorum General Conference, October 2006  
Coming unto Christ New Era, April 2007  
This Day General Conference, April 2007  
Special Witness Friend, June 2007  

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