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United in Faith: Sustaining Our Church Leaders

Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Sustaining of General Authorities, Area Seventies, and General Officers” by President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, during October 2021 general conference.

In the heart of every religious community lies a tradition that binds its members together—the act of sustaining their leaders. It’s a sacred moment where the faithful raise their hands to express their support for those who guide and shepherd them. President Henry B. Eyring’s message during the October 2021 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reminds us of the significance of this act and the unity it represents. Let’s explore this tradition, its biblical roots, and how it can inspire us to make the world a better place.

The Act of Sustaining: A Sacred Tradition

During general conferences of the Church, a solemn moment occurs when the names of leaders are presented, and members are invited to sustain these leaders through a simple gesture—raising their right hand. It’s a symbolic act that signifies unity, support, and commitment to the Church’s leadership. President Eyring emphasized the importance of this act as he presented the General Authorities, Area Seventies, and General Officers of the Church for sustaining vote.

Biblical Roots of Sustaining

The concept of sustaining leaders is not unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; it has biblical roots. In the Old Testament, Moses faced immense challenges in leading the children of Israel through the wilderness. At one point, the Israelites were attacked by the Amalekites. As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites prevailed, but when his hands grew weary and fell, they began to lose. Aaron and Hur, seeing Moses’s struggle, provided support by holding up his hands. This collective effort ensured victory (Exodus 17:8-13).

This biblical account illustrates the power of unity and sustaining leaders in achieving righteous goals. When a community comes together to support its leaders, they can overcome challenges and achieve great things.

Our Responsibility to Sustain

Sustaining leaders is not a passive act but an active commitment. It involves pledging our support, prayers, and efforts to help them fulfill their responsibilities. In the case of the Church, sustaining means following the counsel of these leaders, upholding Church standards, and actively participating in the work of the Lord.

But sustaining is not limited to ecclesiastical settings; it extends to our everyday lives. We can sustain our families, friends, and communities by providing support, love, and encouragement. In doing so, we contribute to making the world a better place.

Expressing Gratitude and Appreciation

President Eyring’s message also included expressions of gratitude for leaders who were released from their responsibilities, as well as those who had passed away. It’s a reminder that we should acknowledge and appreciate the service of those who have led and guided us. Expressing gratitude not only uplifts their spirits but also sets an example for unity and kindness.

Making the World Better

As we reflect on the act of sustaining our leaders, let us consider how we can apply this principle in our lives to make the world a better place. Here are some ways to do so:

Support Local Leaders: Just as we sustain our Church leaders, we can support and sustain local leaders, whether in our communities, schools, or workplaces. Encourage and collaborate with them in their efforts to improve our surroundings.

Practice Unity: Remember the lesson from Moses, Aaron, and Hur. Unity has the power to overcome challenges. Strive for unity in your relationships and communities.

Express Gratitude: Take the time to express gratitude to leaders, mentors, and those who have made a positive impact on your life. Your words of thanks can brighten their day and inspire them to continue their service.

Serve Others: Sustaining leaders goes hand in hand with serving others. Look for opportunities to serve in your community, whether through volunteer work, acts of kindness, or supporting charitable organizations.

Pray for Guidance: Just as we sustain leaders in our faith, pray for guidance and inspiration for all leaders worldwide. Their decisions impact our lives, and seeking divine guidance on their behalf is a powerful way to contribute to a better world.

In conclusion, the act of sustaining leaders is a beautiful tradition that signifies unity, support, and commitment. It reminds us of our responsibility to actively contribute to the well-being of our communities and the world at large. Let us embrace this tradition and apply its principles in our lives, working together to make the world a better place through unity, service, and gratitude. Link to the original: Sustaining of General Authorities, Area Seventies, and General Officers

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