Brothers and sisters, welcome to the Church Educational System devotional for youngadults. This broadcast is originating from the Marriott Center on the Brigham YoungUniversity campus in Provo, Utah. This devotional is being translated into many languagesfor the young adults throughout the world. I am Shane Littlefield, President of the OremUtah YSA 3rd Stake.
We welcome Brother Russell T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School General President, and aregrateful that Sister Osguthorpe has accompanied him this evening. Brother Osguthorpe willbe introduced later in the program as this evening's speaker.
We are grateful for the attendance of other General Authorities and Area Seventies,members of the Board of Education, and officials from Brigham Young University. Inaddition, we are pleased to acknowledge the presence on the stand of CES and Seminariesand Institutes of Religion administrators, as well as presidents of Utah Valley young singleadult stakes and married student stakes with their wives.
We remind you that on Sunday, January 12, 2014, Elder Tad R. Callister of the Presidency ofthe Seventy will be the CES devotional speaker.
We will begin this evening with the choir and congregation singing "Now Let Us Rejoice,"hymn number 3 in the English hymnbook. We appreciate the assistance of Mary Ellen Hiles,who will conduct the music, and Brian Plummer as our accompanist. After the hymn,Emmett Snow will offer the invocation.
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(SINGING) Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation. No longer as strangers on earth needwe roam. Good tidings are sounding to us and each nation, And shortly the hour ofredemption will come, When all that was promised the Saints will be given, And none willmolest them from morn until ev'n, And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden, And Jesuswill say to all Israel, "Come home."
We'll love one another and never dissemble But cease to do evil and ever be one. And whenthe ungodly are fearing and tremble, We'll watch for the day when the Savior will come,When all that was promised the Saints will be given, And none will molest them from mornuntil ev'n, And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden, And Jesus will say to all Israel, "Comehome."
In faith we'll rely on the arm of Jehovah To guide thru these last days of trouble and gloom,And after the scourges and harvest are over, We'll rise with the just when the Savior dothcome. Then all that was promised the Saints will be given, And they will be crown'd with theangels of heav'n, And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden, And Christ and his people willever be one.
Our dear Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for this Sabbath day. We thank Thee that we canbe here for this devotional. We ask Thee to bless that the Spirit will accompany us that wemight all learn all the things that we need to learn. These things we pray in the name of JesusChrist, amen.
This evening we're joined by the Logan Institute Combined Choir, who will sing "I Will GiveMyself to Him." They are directed by Lyle D. Allen and accompanied by Michelle Allgood.After the musical number, we'll be pleased to hear from Brother Osguthorpe. At theconclusion of Brother Osguthorpe's remarks, the choir will sing "Come Thou Fount of EveryBlessing." They will be directed by Nyles Salmond and accompanied by Seth Bott on theorgan and violinist Tiffany Stamm. The benediction will be offered by Madison Pond.
It is now my privilege to introduce tonight's speaker. Russell T. Osguthorpe was serving as amember of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy when he received the call to serve as GeneralPresident of the Sunday School. He has served as a gospel doctrine teacher, stake and wardYoung Men president, branch president at the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center, stakepresident, and president of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission.
He has also been a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Brother Osguthorpe is aProfessor Emeritus of Instructional Psychology and Technology and the former Director ofthe Center for Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Lola S.,are the parents of 5 children and have 21 grandchildren.
The choir will now sing, "I Give Myself to Him."
[MUSIC: "I GIVE MYSELF TO HIM"]
(SINGING) He gave Himself for me. He died that I might live. What can I do for Him? What canI really give? I will say what He wants said. I will do what He wants done. I will be a witness tothe world of God's Beloved Son. I will give myself to Him--my heart, my will, my soul. I willalways sing redeeming love, the song that makes me whole.
When others turn away, when no one seems to care, how can I give His love? How will I knowHe's there? I will say what He wants said. I will do what He wants done. I will be a witness tothe world of God's Beloved Son. I will give myself to Him--my heart, my will, my soul. I willalways sing redeeming love, the song that makes me whole.
When pain and sadness come to those who question why, how will I bring them peace? Howwill I help them try? I will say what He wants said. I will do what He wants done. I will be awitness to the world of God's Beloved Son. I will give myself to Him--my heart, my will, mysoul. I will always sing, I will always sing redeeming love.
I will always sing redeeming love, the song that makes me whole.
Thank you to that magnificent choir. My wife and I kind of courted in a choir. We sang in achoir sitting next to each other. I think we would never have had our first date if we hadn'tbeen in that choir. So, as I look at this choir, there are almost 600 of them, that's a lot ofpossible first dates. If you haven't asked somebody out yet, you still have time.
It is such a privilege to be with you tonight, my dear young brothers and sisters. I want youto know what a blessing it is for my wife and me to be with you this evening. When we lookat you, we see countless possibilities. You are so full of potential. No matter how high yourhopes, I'm here to tell you they can be even higher.
You can accomplish more in this life than you know. With the Lord at your side, you canexperience miracles. You can do the thing that you first thought impossible. You canovercome any problem. You can rise above anything that would pull you down. You canreject evil and embrace everything that is good.
You came to earth for a purpose, and with the Lord's help you will achieve that purpose. Ihope you realize how many are praying for you. There are so many prayers offered in thisChurch every day for the youth of the Church--for the young adults. Sometime, when youhave a quiet moment, I invite you to reflect on all of the prayers that are offered every dayspecifically for you, the rising generation. Prayers in the temples, prayers by GeneralAuthorities and general officers of the Church, prayers by stake and ward leaders, andprayers by parents, other family members, and friends.
I hear many of these prayers. They're heartfelt. I hope you will reflect on the powers that arebeing drawn from the heavens in your behalf. And I hope you feel loved, not only by thosewho know you, but by all those who care for you and care about you even though they maynever have met you.
I know that if President Monson were here today, he would express his love to you. We havea living prophet who loves the youth of this Church. My wife and I are so grateful to this choirfor singing this song. We wrote that song for our missionaries while serving in the SouthDakota Rapid City Mission, and we're grateful to Steve Shenk who arranged it for the choir,but the words apply to all of us throughout our lives.
The first verse says: He gave Himself for me, He died that I might live. What can I do for Him?What can I really give?
These are the words of someone reflecting on the blessings of the Atonement, the blessingsof feeling the love of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. We all have momentslike this--moments when we know the Lord is mindful of us.
I would like to invite you right now to reflect on the blessings that you feel as a member ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and if there is someone in this audience whois considering joining the Church, I invite you to reflect on a blessing you are seeking. Then Iwould like you to share that blessing with the person sitting next to you. If you're notacquainted with that person--even better--you can become acquainted as you share.
Share as many blessings as you can in the next minute or two. As soon as the backgroundmusic ends, please end your conversation and we'll come back together. So, you can talk.
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You follow instructions so well. I recently invited a group of students to my home to discussthe topic for this evening. Let's see what they said when I asked them to share their feelingsabout blessings in their lives:
(MALE 1) The knowledge that I have--the knowledge of the plan of salvation, my HeavenlyFather, and what He's like and what He wants for me, and knowing what I can do to live mylife in harmony with what He wants for me. Blessings that come from the sealing power andfrom temples on the earth--knowing that I can be with my family forever, as a family.
(FEMALE 1) The knowledge of the Atonement, and then the ability to gain access to thepower that comes through the Atonement. A lot of it is through the ordinances of thepriesthood and feeling a very real connection with my Heavenly Father through thoseordinances and the covenants that I make with Him. To have power in our lives, to havestrength and all the things that we need to get back to Him.
(FEMALE 2) The opportunity and privilege to have the gift of the Holy Ghost with us always,to guide our decisions in submitting our wills and to give us that comfort and strength andthat power to make it through this life and then to be with Him forever afterwards.
(MALE 2) I feel like all of these are blessings of the priesthood that are available to both menand women. I'm really grateful for the priesthood that was restored so that we could have allof these blessings: the temple, the Holy Ghost, the opportunity to access the Atonement.
(FEMALE 3) How grateful I am to know I can progress and that this life is not about beingapathetic or sitting on a fence--or sitting anywhere. It's about standing up and goingsomewhere. And to me, progression is so essential to know that that happens and that it canstill happen even beyond death.
(MALE 3) The Book of Mormon. As a student I spent so much time reading stuff that I have tohave this guard--like, Is this true? What assumptions do they have? How am I going to siftthrough all the stuff they're saying? But I feel like I can just take off my shoes, so to speak,when I read the Book of Mormon. Because it's just true--translated by the gift and power ofGod.
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Without the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we would have none of the blessings my friendsjust mentioned. Reflecting on our blessings gives us strength to move forward in life, but weall know that moving forward is challenging. This is mortality, and mortality is not easy.
The second two verses of the song the choir sang say:
When others turn away, when no one seems to care, how can I feel His love? How will I know He'sthere? ...
... When pain and sadness come to those who question why, how will I bring them peace? How willI help them try?
This time I invite you to write down--or simply make a mental note--of challenges that youare facing right now in your life, concerns that sometimes keep you awake at night. Again,when the music ends, we will come back together.
[MUSIC: "I WILL GIVE MYSELF TO HIM"]
I asked my friends who came to my home what their challenges were, and this is what theysaid:
(FEMALE 2) Lots of thoughts right off the bat! One thing I was thinking is that it's easy to tieyour worth and your identity with accomplishments: I haven't gotten married yet, or Ihaven't gotten a bachelor's degree or a master's degree yet, or those things you do or don'taccomplish.
(MALE 2) Maintaining the spirituality that we had while we were serving full-time for theLord. That's something that I have to choose daily, whether I will be able to continue thesame habits that I developed on the mission or not.
(MALE 1) One of the biggest things that brought the Spirit into our lives during the missionwas our opportunity to minister and to bear testimony that continues through home andvisiting teaching and through fellowshipping--with great opportunities to do manymeaningful things. And that same Spirit can be with us as we minister to others.
(MALE 3) Finding the right balance between being guided by the Spirit and inspiration in thedecisions you make in your life and just making them. Some people just seem like they havea lot of guidance from the Lord. And some people just have to work on things and just go forit before they know fully what's right or not.
(FEMALE 1) An overarching theme, like delayed blessings and understanding that they willcome at some point. But just having that faith and trust and submitting our will to HeavenlyFather.
(FEMALE 3) Why do bad things happen to good people? Or hard things--really, really difficultthings--happen to good people? That has been something that has been on my mind. Forexample, I just found out my dad has cancer. And I thought, "How does that happen to aman who has served so much?"
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Whatever your challenge, I testify that the topic we will discuss this evening can help youovercome it.
To begin, let's reflect for a moment on our last CES devotional. In the apostolic blessing thatElder Russell M. Nelson pronounced on that occasion, he said, "I bless you ... that God's willmay be done by you and through you."
Consider the power of these words. If God's will is to be done by us and through us, then ourwill needs to be the same as God's. We need to want what He wants. Elder Neal A. Maxwellonce said: "As you submit your wills to God, you are giving Him the only thing you canactually give Him that is really yours to give. Don't wait too long to find the altar or to beginto place the gift of your wills upon it."
This evening I invite you to consider with me three questions: (1) What is the meaning of theword will? (2) How do we give our will to God? and (3) How can we know that we'resucceeding?
First, what does the word will mean? We don't often talk about will, at least using that word.Sometimes we say "willpower." For example, "I just don't have the willpower to resist thatcheesecake." So will is the "inclination to do something," the desire that causes us to act.
If you ask people in the United States to name the two most important things for ourphysical health, nearly 95 percent say "diet and exercise"--like we would think. Then, if youask these same people, "Are you eating right and exercising enough?"--what do you think they would say? Between 5 percent and 10 percent say they are.
There is an obvious gap between knowing something and doing it. Most people know whatthey should do, but few have the will to do it. An example from our mission shows that whenwe get help we can develop the will to do what we know we should do. One of our assistantson the mission once said to his companion, "Hey, I've gained 30 pounds since I came on amission. I can't go home like this. Could you help me lose some weight?"
(He was on a basketball team, and he didn't want to go back like that.) His companionagreed. Soon after that I was following these two missionaries in a buffet line. Themissionary who wanted to lose weight went to pick up a brownie. His companion whisperedin his ear, "You don't want that."
The hungry missionary, a little put out, said, "Oh, yeah, I do want that." "No, you don't wantthat; you really don't," counseled his companion. The missionary did not take the brownie.This missionary wanted to lose weight, but he needed help overcoming his desire for thatbrownie.
Remember that line in the song that said, "How will I help them try?" The companion washelping his fellow missionary try to do what he really wanted to do but could not do withouta little outside help from someone else. He was trying to help this missionary see that hisdesire to be healthy could overcome his desire for that brownie. He was trying to help himstrengthen his will.
The adversary would have us believe that there is no such thing as will--that we have nochoice but to follow our own natural impulses--to eat as many brownies as we can. Somemistakenly believe that our will is predetermined by our genes and that we have no controlat all over it. To show how pivotal a question this is, I share an excerpt from a recent newsarticle. The author is a respected professor of biology. Here's how he begins his essayentitled "Why You Don't Really Have Free Will."
This title caught my eye because, as a member of the Church, I know that we do have will. Heexplains that the decisions we think we make, we don't really make it all. Speaking of thechoices we made for breakfast this morning, he says: "You may feel like you've made choices,but in reality your decision ... to have eggs or pancakes [this morning] was determined longbefore you were aware of it--perhaps even before you woke up today. And your 'will' had nopart in that decision."
So, he's saying that we have no will, no control over our desires. We are simply subject towhatever our genes dictate. When I read this article, I wanted to tell them about ourmissionary. He actually did make choices. He did lose his 30 pounds. His will overcame hisbodily desires.
We learn from revelation, both ancient and modern, that we do have agency, that we dohave will, that we do have desires, and that those desires can change. Elder Russell M.Nelson, in the most recent general conference said: "We can change our behavior. Our verydesires can change. How? ... Permanent change ... can come only through the healing,cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ."
When Elder Maxwell said that our will is the only thing we can really give to God, he wasteaching that anything else we give is something that God already gave to us. When we givetithes or offerings, we're simply giving back to God what He first gave to us. Any money weearn in this life, for example, comes to us because of God's creations.
If we give our time, we are giving what God already gave to us--our days upon the earth. Butwhen we give our will to Him, this is a gift that is uniquely ours to give. When we give our will,we are giving ourselves totally, withholding nothing.
Here's what my friends said when I asked them to search the scriptures and then give theirthoughts about the meaning of the word will:
(MALE 3) Being "willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon himeven as a child does submit to his father." So that's talking about yielding and submittingand being willing--then we kind of got talking about it, and it lead us to this other scripture inHelaman 3.
(MALE 1) Helaman 3:35--"Yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts,which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God."
(FEMALE 3) This doesn't happen all at once, I don't think, but it's definitely a process thatcomes with time and work.
(MALE 2) I feel almost like you gain momentum. As you make the right choice, it's easier tomake the right choice the next time. Prayer and daily scripture study and pondering andwriting in a journal.
(FEMALE 2) In Mosiah 5:2, it talks about how they describe the mighty change within us andin our hearts that we had "no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually."
(FEMALE 1) It's funny because we were reading the exact same scripture, but we were having
a totally different conversation. I really did think that was super powerful in Helaman 3:35,about yielding our hearts unto God and how that sanctifies us. I think it involves a lot of trustto yield to Him and say, "No, I'm going to trust right now that your plan is perfect. I'm goingto give you my will and allow you to then use that to mold me and become who you needme to be."
(MALE 2) We're talking about the War in Heaven--how we fought for agency and how wedecided to follow Christ and do what He would have us do. We talked about how in this lifeit's almost a battle of wills: Will we decide to desire what Christ would want, to become likeHe is, rather than just saying that we will do the things that He asks us to--will we want to dothem?
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So, giving our will to the Lord does not mean that we give up our agency. In reality, theopposite is true. The more we give our will to the Lord, the more our own ability to exerciseour moral agency grows. Knowing what God wants us to know, saying what He wants us tosay, doing what He wants us to do all lead us to being what He wants us to be. God gave usagency so we could yield ourselves to Him, not so we could succumb to temptation.
When you look inside and dig down deep, you can find the desires that lead to your mostprized actions. You'll notice that I did not say, "that lead to any actions"--because some ofour actions are not motivated by our deepest, most strongly held desires. Some actionshappen with little thought. Some actions even seem to go completely against what we mostdeeply desire.
A young man once came to me for help in the repentance process. While describing thesorrow he felt for what he had done, he said, "Looking back on it, I can't believe I actually didit. It's like somebody else did it and not me." Deep in his heart he did not want to do what hehad done, but somehow the natural man took over, and he yielded to the enticings of theadversary rather than to the enticings of the Holy Ghost, who would have helped him resisttemptation.
He was talking about will. He wanted to be good, but there was some part of him--someaspect of his own will--that he had not yet yielded. He was withholding that little part, andthat's what led him to do something he regretted. But he came to a priesthood leader tomake things right--to be who he really was, a faithful son of his Father in Heaven. He cameso he could try to yield all of his will to the Lord, this time withholding nothing.
This young man experienced a change of heart. He had "no more [desire] to do evil, but todo good continually." His desires had changed, and because his desires had changed, hisconduct also changed. He was putting off the natural man and yielding to the enticings ofthe Holy Spirit. A change of heart is a change of motive, not only a change in action. We needto do good things, but even more, we need to do them for the right reason.
This diagram helps me understand the relationship between our motives or desires and ouractions. When we're on the covenant path of discipleship, our motives are pure and ouractions are righteous. We do good things because we love the Lord and His children. But it isalso possible to do a good thing with an unrighteous motive. Then we are acting as thehypocrites--we do good because we want to look good, or because we want to look betterthan somebody else.
If we do an unrighteous act with an unrighteous motive, we are, as the scriptures say,"willfully [rebelling] against God." Those in this frame are proud of the bad things they do.But when we really want to be good but slip and fall, we are yielding to the natural man orwoman within us. When we find ourselves anywhere other than on the path of discipleship,we need to draw upon the powers of the Atonement by repenting, and we will once again beon the right path.
This repentance process is clearly a process of changing desires. It is a process of makingspace for the Spirit. And when we make space for the Spirit, there is no space left for sin. Soour will is the collective force of our desires or motives. Our will underlies our actions.
How do we go about strengthening our will? How can we give our will to the Lord? I invite thechoir to sing again the chorus of the song they sang at the opening of our devotional thisevening. Listen carefully to the words:
[MUSIC: "I WILL GIVE MYSELF TO HIM"]
(SINGING) I will say what He wants said. I will do what He wants done. I will be a witness to theworld of God's Beloved Son. I will give myself to Him--my heart, my will, my soul. I will always singredeeming love, the song that makes me whole.
We can all say what He wants said. While serving as a stake president, I interviewed a sisterwho had recently married. I asked, "How's your marriage going?" She responded, "Well, it'sokay, I think. We don't fight very much." I asked, "What do you mean, very much?"
She said, "Well, you know, all married couples fight." I responded, "Not all married couples.My wife and I don't fight. My parents didn't fight." We then had a great conversation abouthow she and her husband could talk to each other in love rather than in frustration orharshness.
We can say what the Lord would have us say. We can eliminate harshness from our wordsand our tone. We can lift and build others rather than tearing them down.
I once accompanied Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to reorganize a stake presidency. When weentered the hotel where we were staying, he recognized a hotel clerk and asked her, "Sohow's that nice boyfriend of yours?" She said, "Oh, we just broke up a few weeks ago. Hesaid, "Well, you'll find another one, and he'll be even better." She smiled, and we went on.
The next day I watched as Elder Holland complimented members and leaders, one afteranother. He did it with ease in such natural ways that everyone we met felt better aboutthemselves and about life--just because he built them up. We can all do this. If the Saviorwere here, He would uplift everyone in His path, just as He did when He was here upon theearth. We can all say what He wants said.
When someone asks me what it is like serving with General Authorities, the first thing thatcomes to my mind is the love that I feel when I'm around them. One might think thatstanding at the podium in the Conference Center is impossibly intimidating because the FirstPresidency and Quorum of the Twelve are sitting right behind you as you speak. But theysomehow give you the feeling you can actually do it. As soon as you've finished speaking, theTwelve extend their hand and thank you for your contribution to the meeting as you makeyour way back to your seat.
The first time this happened, I was a little taken aback. I was not expecting them to be quiteso expressive, but they are. They build everyone in their path, just as the Savior did. This isreally the hallmark of President Monson. President Monson shows love to everyone.Following one of the sessions at October conference, President Monson saw a young boywaving to him. He bent over the rail and motioned for the boy to come closer. And then heshook his hand.
The boy was understandably very excited. On another occasion, following a performance inthe Conference Center, President Monson stayed after the meeting to shake hands with asmany youth as possible. He walked onto the stage and approached a group of young peoplewith severe disabilities. Even though these youth could not respond verbally to PresidentMonson, the smiles on their faces showed how much they appreciated his handshake andhearty greeting.
If we are reaching out to others, then our capacity to reach out increases even more. This isone of the clearest indicators that we are giving our will to God. So, we can say what the Lordwants us to say. We can also do what He wants done. Sometimes actions matter more thanwords.
When we were raising our family, my wife got a serious infection and had to be hospitalized.I was trying to put food on the table and take care of our five young children while she wasrecuperating. But I didn't have to work very hard to put food on the table. Meals weredelivered to our door one after another--so many, in fact, that we couldn't eat them all. So, Ibegan putting these meals in the freezer until it was full.
These actions might seem small in comparison to some acts of compassionate service, but Iwill tell you that those meals meant a lot. They rescued me. My wife was weak, and I wasdiscouraged. But I could just go to the freezer to see what was for dinner that evening. Withevery meal those good ward members delivered to our doorstep, they were giving their willto God. They were doing what He wanted done.
Those ward members had pure motives to help a family in need, but it's possible to do agood thing with an improper motive. Then, as the scriptures teach, the good thing we do isactually counted as evil because our heart was not right. We did the good deed, but we did itreluctantly. So, desires are everything.
We need to want what God wants. We need to say what He wants said because we want tosay what He wants said. We need to do what He wants done because we want to do what Hewants done. And we need to be a witness of God's Beloved Son because we want to be awitness. Then we know we are giving our whole soul to Him--no
little piece of us wants to do something contrary to His will. Saying and doing the right thingsbecome easier as we make promises to the Lord. Covenants play a central role in thedevelopment of will. When we are baptized, we covenant to take the Lord's name upon us--to do what He would have us do. Then, every Sabbath day we renew that covenant. Wewitness to our Heavenly Father anew that we are still willing to take the Lord's name upon usand remember Him and keep His commandments.
Each time we worthily take that piece of sacramental bread in our hand or press that cup ofwater to our lips, we are giving our will to Him. We are saying, "I will be a witness to theworld of God's Beloved Son." When we are sealed in the temple to our eternal mate, weagain make covenants that strengthen our will.
We can feel the strengthening power of the Atonement every time we enter God's holyhouse. It is there that we covenant to consecrate ourselves to the Lord. This is why ElderMaxwell said, "Don't wait too long to find the altar and to place the gift of your wills upon it."He may have been speaking metaphorically, but he was, I believe, also speaking clearlyabout how we can give our will to God by making and keeping covenants with Him.
So, we do all we can to give ourselves to Him--our heart, our will, our soul. The more wefollow this path, the more the Lord will bless us with His love. And the more we feel His love,the more we know we are succeeding in giving our will to Him. I hope we're learningsomething this evening that will help us fulfill Elder Nelson's blessing--that God's will can bedone by us and through us.
When I asked my friends what they had learned, this is what they said:
(MALE 2) I think I've often coupled agency and giving my will to God, and this has helped mesee them as two different things. I feel like I do a lot of the right things, but now that makesme want to go and purify the motive so that I can become what He wants me to become.
(FEMALE 2) I love making connections. I'm thinking, okay, this is what's happening in my life,and oh, this is what I've been studying, and oh, this person said that. And, so, I guess I've justbeen making a lot of connections.
(MALE 1) No matter what our challenges, we just need to give more of ourselves to God. It'slike President Eyring says: "Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day ifwe choose to serve God this day."
(MALE 3) Giving your heart and your will to God. What I think the first thing He does with it isHe sanctifies it. It's not like we're all just giving our hearts to God and He just puts them in abig vault and says, "Yes, one more heart for me to enjoy. He takes it and sanctifies it andproves it and gives it back to us and says, "Now go use this and do great things."
I just never really thought what happened after you gave it to Him. I thought that was kind ofthe end, but that's just the beginning.
(FEMALE 3) I know I don't know everything, and it seems like the more I learn, the more Irealize how much I don't know. But I do know that God lives.