Thursday, April 10, 2008

Elder Eyring's Cane

I just got the following in an email, and thought I would share... We were wondering why President Eyring had a cane during General Conference! We think this could be why he didn't conduct any sessions of Conference!

"Last night in the Priesthood Session of the Mormon(LDS) Conference, Elder Henry B. Eyring was speaking(among other things) about how the Lord will strengthen you and uphold you as you serve Him. He talked about how when you do the Lords work you qualify for the Lord's blessings. Then he specifically mentioned that as you serve, angels will support you. During this time he got a little choked up, and you could tell there was context behind those words.

A few weeks ago when Elder Eyring was at home, he suddenly found himself waking up on the floor, with his leg twisted under him. He went to work, but soon realized he needed to have his leg checked. When he did, he found out it was broken (which is why he's currently using a cane, in case you wondered).

But then as the days went by, he continued to have times where he'd suddenly lose consciousness and he felt very weak. He was frustrated because he felt helpless. Newly appointed as the First Counselor to President Monson, he just wanted to serve. He got into see the doctor, and had some tests done, and went back to work. Soon the results came in, and the doctor told him he had to come back to the hospital immediately. Come to find out, his heart would periodically just stop.

So last Tuesday, he had a pacemaker put in. Last Tuesday!! I don't know if you've known anyone who's had that happen, but it's a serious surgery,with an extended recovery time.He got a blessing from President Monson, wherein he was told that angels would support him. The next day- Wednesday, he attended the meeting with the General Authorities in the temple. Thursday, he participated in the General Authority training. Then today(Saturday), he stood up, looking as magnified and healthy as ever, and delivered a powerful address on trusting in God as you serve with all your heart.He's living testimony of his own words (as he so testified)."


Rusty Lindquist said...

Just so you know, I can confirm it's true. It was I who initially posted this on my blog ( My father in-law is Elder Pace of the Seventy, and he told us the story over our traditional post-Priesthood Session dinner, as I mention in my blog comments. Anyway, I just wanted to confirm to your readers that it's true - thanks for helping promote it, we're led by wonderful and inspired men.

Dgriffeth said...

What a wonderful man! We have been fortunate to have him attend Stake Conference here in Georgia! He brings the Spirit! Thanks for sharing!

Annie Webb said...

This is neat. Thanks for sharing!

The bookbinding class is a Visual Arts Studio class (VASTU). It's one of those "lab" classes where the course number has an R on the end of it...330R I think. Anyway, I heard about it a long time ago from someone, and then Diana reminded me of it when she was here in town. I had to do a google search to try and find where the course was hidden, but I finally found it! You can come and visit and come to class with me sometime if you want1 :)

Anonymous said...

The Starr Family said...

He is amazing and thank you for sharing such a special story of faith with us! Hope all is well with your family! Noel is here and says "Hi!"


Kris Cooper said...

I got this email about Pres. Eyring too. I like to confirm stuff before I forward it.I spent about an hour this morning searching and couldn't find confirmation... Then I opened you blog site (Jill suggested it) and there was your comment on his cane.
I will have to trust your source, Rusty. Thanks for the input. Pres. Eyring is a spectacular man.

Josh and Melissa said...

I'm so glad you posted that- what a wonderful man! Wow! Also, how exciting that Spencer and his wife had their baby. I hope all is well with them. Way back in the day, Grant's dad was our home teacher. First, Spencer was his companion, then Wes, and then Grant! It was fun. Anyways, hope things are going great!

Kari said...

I hadn't heard this story of Pres. Eyring. Thanks for sharing it. You look like you are having so much fun being a mom. And Olivia is darling.