Henry B. Eyring

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Henry B. Eyring
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First Counselor in the First Presidency
February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Predecessor Thomas S. Monson
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06) – January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Predecessor James E. Faust
Successor Dieter F. Uchtdorf
End reason Dissolution of First Presidency on death of Gordon B. Hinckley
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) – October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency
LDS Church Apostle
April 6, 1995 (1995-04-06)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Reason Death of Howard W. Hunter; reorganization of First Presidency
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03) – April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 1, 1985 (1985-04-01) – October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
Called by Robert D. Hales
Predecessor H. Burke Peterson
Successor H. David Burton
Military career
Service/branch United States Air Force
Personal details
Born Henry Bennion Eyring
(1933-05-31) May 31, 1933 (age 82)
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Alma mater University of Utah (B.S.)
Harvard University (MBA, DBA)
Spouse(s) Kathleen Johnson
Children 6
Signature of Henry B. Eyring

Henry Bennion Eyring (born May 31, 1933) is an American educational administrator, author, and religious leader. Eyring is the First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Eyring was the Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency from October 6, 2007, until Hinckley's death on January 27, 2008. On February 3, 2008, Eyring was called as First Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the First Presidency, serving with Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Eyring has also served as a general authority of the church in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the First Quorum of the Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric. Eyring has served twice as Commissioner of the Church Educational System. Currently, he is the eighth most senior apostle among the ranks of the church.[1]


Early life[edit]

Eyring was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the second child of Henry Eyring, the dean of the graduate school at the University of Utah and president of the American Chemical Society, and his wife, Mildred Bennion. His father's sister, Camilla Eyring, married Spencer W. Kimball, making Henry B. the nephew of Kimball, who was the 12th president of the LDS Church.

Henry B. Eyring lived in Princeton until his early teenage years. Until the start of World War II they attended LDS meetings at the branch in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but with the gasoline rationing of the war they received permission to hold meetings in their home, which often only consisted of the Eyring family.[2] As a teenager Eyring and his family moved to Salt Lake City when his father took a post at the University of Utah.

Military service and education[edit]

Eyring spent two years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Sandia Base in New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Eyring served as a district missionary for the LDS Church.[3] He received a BS degree in physics from the University of Utah. He went on to earn both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, before embarking on a career in academia.

Eyring while president of Ricks College

Academic career and religious leadership[edit]

Eyring has served twice as Commissioner of Church Education, from September 1980 to April 1985, and from September 1992 to January 2005, when he was replaced by W. Rolfe Kerr.[4] Eyring was an associate professor of business at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 1962 to 1971.[5] He was also a Sloan Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Among other callings in the LDS Church, Eyring has served as a regional representative, bishop and member of the Sunday School General Board.[6]

Eyring served as president of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977, as a counselor to Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales from 1985 to 1992, and as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1992 to 1995.

Following the death of church president Howard W. Hunter, Eyring was sustained to the church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 1, 1995, and ordained an apostle later that same week.

Eyring was sustained as Second Counselor in the church's First Presidency on October 6, 2007,[7] filling the vacancy left by the death of James E. Faust on August 10, 2007. When the First Presidency was reorganized following the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, Eyring was called and set apart as the First Counselor on February 3, 2008. The new First Presidency, with Thomas S. Monson as president, was announced on February 4, 2008.[8] As a member of the First Presidency, Eyring has dedicated the San Salvador El Salvador,[9] Gilbert Arizona,[10] Payson Utah,[9] and Indianapolis Indiana[11] temples, as well as rededicating the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple.[12] He officiated at the groundbreaking for the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple in 2011.[13]

In 2014, after an historic meeting with Pope Francis,[14][15] Eyring spoke at Humanum, "an International Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman," held at the Vatican.[16][17]


Eyring and his wife, Kathleen Johnson, were married in the church's Logan Temple in July 1962[18] and they are the parents of six children (four sons and two daughters).[6] Their sons include Henry J. Eyring, a vice president at BYU–Idaho, and Matthew J. Eyring, the Chief Strategy Innovation Officer of Vivint, a home automation company in North America.


Published works[edit]

  • Eyring, Henry B. (2006). Because He First Loved Us: A Collection of Discourses. Deseret Book Company. ISBN 1-59038-637-X. 
  • —— (2004). To Draw Closer to God: A Collection of Discourses. Deseret Book. ISBN 1-59038-322-2. 
  • —— (2003). Go Forth to Serve. Deseret Book. ISBN 1-57008-946-9. 
  • —— (2002). Because He First Loved Us. Deseret Book. ISBN 1-57008-924-8. 
  • —— (1995). On Becoming a Disciple-Scholar: Lectures presented at the Brigham Young University Honors Program. Discipline and discipleship lecture series. Bookcraft. ISBN 1-57008-198-0. 
  • —— (August 1968), "Wise Advice for R and D.", PsycCRITIQUES (Stanford University, Stanford, CA) 13 (8): 398–400, doi:10.1037/009462, ISSN 1554-0138 . Database:PsycINFO Electronic, accessed March 12, 2009
  • —— (December 1966). "Some Sources of Uncertainty and Their Consequences in Engineering Design Projects". IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. EM-13 (4): 167–80. doi:10.1109/tem.1966.6447108. 
  • —— (1963). Evaluation of planning models for research and development projects (DBA thesis). [Boston] Graduate School of Business Administration, G.F. Baker Foundation, Harvard University. OCLC 12284394. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all 15 ordained apostles (including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). Seniority is determined by date of ordination, not by age or other factors. If two apostles are ordained on the same day, the older of the two is typically ordained first.

    As of July 2015, due to the recent deaths of Boyd K. Packer and L. Tom Perry, there are currently 13 apostles, with two vacancies to be filled at the discretion of the church’s president.

    See Succession to the presidency and Heath, Steven H. (Summer 1987). "Notes on Apostolic Succession" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 20 (2): 44–56. .
  2. ^ Hales, Robert D. (July 2008), Ensign: 10 http://www.lds.org/ensign/2008/07/president-henry-b-eyring-called-of-god  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "We Are One", Ensign, May 2013.
  4. ^ Newsroom (LDS Church), 14 January 2005 http://newsroom.lds.org/article/elder-w.-rolfe-kerr-to-guide-church-educational-system  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  5. ^ Dobner, Jennifer (7 October 2007). Houston Chronicle. (AP) http://web.archive.org/web/20110521212758/http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/5193935.html. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  6. ^ a b "Organization: General Authorities", LDS.org, retrieved 2014-08-19  |chapter= ignored (help)
  7. ^ Newsroom (LDS Church), 7 October 2007 http://newsroom.lds.org/article/church-president-names-new-leaders  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  8. ^ Newsroom (LDS Church), 4 February 2008 http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/thomas-s-monson-named-16th-church-president  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  9. ^ a b "San Salvador El Salvador Temple Dedicated", Newsroom (LDS Church), 2011-08-11 
  10. ^ "Church Dedicates 142nd Temple", Newsroom [MormonNewsroom.org] (LDS Church), 2 March 2014 
  11. ^ President Eyring dedicates temple in the Crossroads of America, Church News, 23 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Buenos Aires Temple Rededicated", Newsroom (LDS Church), 2012-09-10 
  13. ^ "Church Breaks Ground for Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Trujillo Peru Temples", Newsroom (LDS Church), September 17, 2011 
  14. ^ Gallagher, Maggie (November 21, 2014). "Rome’s Extraordinary Ecumenical Event: What I and others learned from other faiths at a special event on the family". National Review. 
  15. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (November 17, 2014). "Pope, Mormon leader make history with a handshake". Salt Lake Tribune. 
  16. ^ TRANSCRIPT: President Eyring Addresses the Vatican Summit on Marriage. Mormon Newsroom. Published: 18 November 2014.
  17. ^ http://humanum.it/en/program/
  18. ^ "President Henry B. Eyring: Called of God", Ensign, July 2008, pp. 8–15.
  19. ^ https://www.lds.org/church/news/president-eyring-receives-honorary-degree-from-university-of-utah?cid=HP_MO_5-11-2015_dCN_fCNWS_xLIDyC-3_&lang=eng


External links[edit]

Media related to Henry B. Eyring at Wikimedia Commons

( – transcript: "President Eyring Addresses the Vatican Summit on Marriage". Vatican City: Newsroom (LDS Church). November 18, 2014. )
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presidency
February 3, 2008
Preceded by
James E. Faust
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
October 6, 2007 – January 27, 2008
Succeeded by
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Preceded by
Jeffrey R. Holland
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 1, 1995 – October 6, 2007
Preceded by
H. Burke Peterson
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 1, 1985 – October 3, 1992
Succeeded by
H. David Burton
Academic offices
Preceded by
John L. Clarke
President of Ricks College
1971 – 1977
Succeeded by
Bruce C. Hafen