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Henry B. Eyring - Second Counselor in the First Presidency

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Henry Bennion Eyring was born on 31 May 1933, in New Jersey. He grew up in a small branch of the Church that often met in a hotel room or in the Eyring home. Both of his parents were highly educated. His father, Henry Eyring, Sr., was a professor of chemistry at Princeton and earned numerous awards in his field. His mother was a graduate of the University of Utah and had pursued a doctoral degree. Elder Eyring's father was also a brother to Camilla Eyring Kimball, wife of former Church president, Spencer W. Kimball, thus making Elder Eyring a nephew of President Kimball.

Henry graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Utah before entering the United States Air Force. The Air Force sent him to New Mexico. When he arrived he was called as a district missionary in the area and served almost exactly two full years. He then completed a Master's and Ph.D. in Business Administration at Harvard Graduate School of Business. From there he decided to teach and found a position at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He met Kathleen Johnson in 1961 and they were married in July 1962 in the Logan Utah Temple. In the following years, Henry B. Eyring continued to teach, served as an officer and director of Finnigan Instrument Corporation, founded and directed System Industries Incorporated (a computer manufacturing company), taught early morning seminary, and served twice as a bishop.

Henry B. Eyring was set apart as the second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 14 January 2018, after the First Presidency was dissolved upon the death of Thomas S. Monson and the calling of Russell M. Nelson as president of the Church. He was sustained in a Solemn Assembly on 31 March 2018. President Eyring served as the first counselor in the First Presidency of the Church from 3 February 2008, until 2 January 2018, with Thomas S. Monson as the prophet and president of the Church. He served as the second counselor in the First Presidency with Gordon B. Hinckley as president.

In 1971, Henry B. Eyring was inaugurated as President of Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). While president, he also took the time to teach religion classes. The Eyring family grew to include four boys and two girls. After serving for five years as president at Ricks, Elder Eyring was asked to become deputy commissioner of the Church Educational System. Three years later he became commissioner.

In 1985, Henry B. Eyring was called to be in the Presiding Bishopric of the Church. He was then called to the Seventy and continued working as Commissioner of the Church Educational System. On 1 April 1995, Henry B. Eyring was ordained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

On 6 October 2007, Elder Eyring was sustained as the second counselor in the First Presidency to fill a vacancy that occurred upon the death of President James E. Faust.