With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. now ending in divorce, we looked to one of the most successful husbands we know for advice: President Henry B. Eyring.
We’ve all heard the statistic: somewhere between 40-50% of marriages in the U.S. will end in divorce. It’s not a pretty figure. While Latter-day Saints generally have a lower instance of separation and divorce, we aren’t exactly immune, though some of us have definitely done a better job mastering marriage than others. To learn from the example of one of the best of us, we searched the life of President Henry B. Eyring to find an apostle’s secrets to a successful marriage. After meticulously combing through the detailed and insightful new biography, I Will Lead You Along, we bring you seven marriage lessons his life exemplifies:
While taking out the trash at home one day, Elder Eyring received a phone call from President Gordon B. Hinckley, then prophet. Surely he had the wrong number.
Uncertainty shaped Hal’s response to a phone call that came to the Eyring home on the Thursday evening before general conference. He had left the office a bit before five o’clock and driven home. After parking the car, he walked down the Eyrings’ steep driveway to retrieve an empty garbage can. He was wheeling the can up the driveway when Kathy stepped into the open garage with a portable phone.
“Hal,” she called, “it’s the phone for you.”
“Can you take a message?” he replied.
“It’s the office of the First Presidency,” Kathy said with a note of urgency. “I think you’d better take it.”
Everybody knows that Elder Nelson is a heart surgeon, Elder Oaks is a lawyer, and President Eyring is a great educator. What you probably didn’t know is that President Eyring has an artistic side, too.
The impressive professional resume of President Henry B. Eyring, his degree in the rigorous field of physics and time spent as president of Rick’s College, sometimes pigeonholes our perception of him to thinking of him only as a logical and deliberate sort of person. But as a new biography reveals, President Eyring is also an artist.
“Hal particularly enjoyed drawing and painting as he traveled,” the book, I Will Lead You Along, explains. “He took postcard-sized art paper and, while waiting in an airport or taking a private moment in the home of a generous host, would capture a scene of an intriguing place or person. On a long trip, Kathy and the children might receive one of these original postcards in the mail. Upon his return home, Hal would send a similar custom-made thank-you note to his host.”
Though a widely celebrated haunted holiday, Halloween isn’t the 31st of October’s only claim to fame. In fact, Mormon history has had its fair share of chilling and thrilling events that all took place on that day.
Halloween isn’t widely known for anything other than candy and costumes, but did you know that on this day in Mormon history, the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company was met by 10 rescue wagons in 1856, or that Yugoslavia was dedicated for missionary work by then-Elder Thomas S. Monson in 1985? Find out other LDS events that share All Hallows Eve in the timeline below:
1833: Violence erupts in Jackson County, Missouri as local citizens attempt to expel Church members.
1838: Missouri militia officers demand that the Saints give up their arms, pay for the cost of the war, leave the state, and surrender Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, Parley P. Pratt, and George W. Robinson. George Hinkle, colonel of the Mormon forces guarding Far West, agrees to the demands and lures Joseph and the others into the mob’s camp, where they are immediately taken prisoner.
Why do Mormons love NBA legend John Stockton? Yes, he demonstrated incredible skill while playing for the Utah Jazz, which was owned by Church member Larry Miller. But beyond that, here are three reasons LDS faithful admire this Hall of Famer.
John Stockton is a devout Roman Catholic. Church members are certain to respect him for staying true to his values, even with all the fame and fortune that came with his career with the Utah Jazz.
In the foreword of Stockton’s new autobiography, Assisted, former team member Karl Malone writes: “From the very first, I realized that what you see is what you get with John. Stockton never wavered one iota from his beliefs. He never shared them publicly, so people thought he didn’t have them. He did, and he stayed true to them.”