From the First Presidency

Your Future Home

First Counselor in the First Presidency

Adapted from “Come Unto Christ” (Brigham Young University devotional, Oct. 29, 1989), speeches.byu.edu

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You can rise above yourself into a higher and more beautiful world.

Your Future Home

One of my early memories is reading the scriptures in school. Back then, schools in my city began each day with a student reading from the Bible. So about every 25 school days, my turn came to choose the scripture. I always chose the same one:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1–2).

As I read the first few words, I would get a certain feeling. The feeling was not just that the words were true, but that they were about some better world I wanted with all my heart to live in. It would be in a family I would someday have.

I never talked with anyone about those feelings. Then, when I was 11, my parents took me to the home of my great uncle. He was a patriarch. He put his hands on my head and gave me my patriarchal blessing. He told me about the home where I would someday be the father. He described what I had been yearning for—my future home and family. I wondered, How can he know what is only in my heart? It was not secret, because God knew.

Don’t ignore the feelings that come to you to rise above yourself into a higher and more beautiful world. You might think it’s not possible to grow up, get educated, and see the world. But you can. The Savior promised: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). He can and He will. I pray that you may go forward without fear and with confidence.

Just Imagine!

In the spaces below, draw pictures of yourself in the future. What can you do now to help get ready for what you want when you grow up?

Me at home

Me with my family

Me serving in a Church calling

Me at school or work

Crossword Challenge

As a child, President Eyring felt the Spirit while reading his favorite Bible verses, 1 Corinthians 13:1–2. Use those verses to find the answers to the clues below. We’ve given the first letter of each answer to get you started. Check your answers below.

Try making a crossword puzzle using your favorite scripture verse!

Across

  1. A musical instrument that is played by hitting a brass plate

  2. Heavenly beings

  3. The love of Christ

  4. Things that are puzzling or hard to understand

Down

  1. Belief in things that aren’t seen, but are true

  2. Land that is higher than hills

  3. Body parts that help people speak

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  • Answers: Across: 2, cymbal; 5, angels; 6, charity; 7, mysteries; Down: 1, faith; 3, mountains; 4, tongues