I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring
by Robert I. Eaton and Henry J. Eyring
Henry Bennion Eyring was born on May 31, 1933, in Princeton, New Jersey, bearing the first name of his father, who was fast building a reputation as a brilliant scientist, and the family name of his mother, who didn’t care for the name “Henry” and insisted that he be called Hal.
In 1970, Hal received an impression to make a daily record of his activities. Years of journals form the backbone of this personal biography, a candid look at his walk through life with his beloved companion, Kathy. “The journal shows how a good-but-imperfect man works each day to win divine approval,” write the authors, and this window into his past provides unforgettable insights about the man the Lord has shaped him to become.
Readers will love these richly designed pages, filled with photographs, sketches from the pen of President Eyring himself, and scores of entries straight from his journals woven into an engaging depiction of his life’s journey.
President Henry B. Eyring’s professional, academic, and personal experiences have all combined to make him uniquely qualified for his responsibilities as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His life story vividly demonstrates the power of the Lord and the example set by one who strives to follow His commands.
Henry B. Eyring has not had a particularly interesting life. He had no childhood illnesses, no financial difficulties, nor any difficult life challenges. Instead, he has been a stalwart servant of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
As I read his biography, I thought about the different gifts of the Spirit. Eyring exemplifies the gift of administration. Throughout his career and his positions within the Church, he developed the talent of developing and administering programs. It reminds me that God works through practical and concrete ways to bless and improve the lives of His children.
The greatest lesson that I learned from the life of Henry B. Eyring is the importance of listening to the Spirit. Throughout his life, Eyring put in the effort to seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost in all things. He then listen and acted upon the promptings he received.
This book is needlessly massive. I think the authors could have edited it down considerably. There are many examples of Hal spending several days writing a report, making a presentation from the report, receiving feedback on the report, and spending several days rewriting the report. Reports are not riveting.
However, I enjoyed reading about his courtship with his wife and his relationship with his children. I also really enjoyed learning about his interactions with the prophets and other general authorities. It is another testimony to me that Jesus Christ does indeed lead His church. It is remarkable to see how these great men with such differing personalities submit themselves to the Spirit and come together in unity.
I Will Lead You Along is a great addition to any LDS member’s library.
About the Authors:
Robert I. Eaton began serving as president of the Washington Federal Way Mission in summer 2013. Prior to that, he was a professor of religious education at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is a graduate of BYU and of Stanford Law School. He and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four children.
Henry J. Eyring graduated from Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology and graduate degrees in business administration and law. He is the advancement vice president of BYU-Idaho and has served as director of the BYU MBA program. He also served as president of the Japan Tokyo North Mission. He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of five children.