Publisher:Deseret Book Inc
Year Published: 2013
Author: Robert I. Eaton, Henry B. Eyring
I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. 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 was the President of BYU while my parents attend the school. His talks at conference are always my favorites. He actually spoke at my graduation from BYU Idaho and I was so thrilled to get to meet him. I loved being able to read more about his life before he was an apostle and his early years. Eyring is known for his journal keeping, and so it is no wonder that his history and life would be so detailed. The pages of his book contain stories, photographs, quotes, and stories. I enjoyed hearing stories of his younger years, how his parents raised him, his military years,
A story that has been discussed in our house is about his given name. His mother agreed to name him Henry on the agreement that he would go by Hal. We laugh about this because my husband and I still second guess my third sons name. When my twins were born, they were 11 weeks premature and we were no where near decided on names. They were about a week old when the pressure from friends and family to call them something else besides baby A and baby B got to us. The day I checked out of the hospital we named him Boston, a name we both liked, and the only name either of us didn’t hate. I agreed, thinking we would call him Boss. Hopefully that will stick, but Bossy, Bossy Bear, and Boss Man have been his names to date. As a mother who wants her son to go by a specific nickname, I feel so bad for his mother, who must hate that he is known to most of the world as Henry. Its Hal!
The stories are amazing, the picture, sketches and little known facts will make this story one to keep with you always.
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