Sister Clark taught the students an important lesson she learned while she was a student at Brigham Young University: “Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.” She also said you need to be prepared to be there too.
She shared stories from her time at BYU including working as an early morning custodian and making the choice to go to class even if she was tired, going to church every week and participating in Family Home Evening group meetings and activities, “I can tell you that habit had a direct positive impact on my life and the lives of my children—literally. It was in my home evening group that I found their dad—my true love,” she said. “Where would our children be today if I had skipped out on home evening? Because I was following the pattern at that time in my life, I was also prepared to be sealed with him in the House of the Lord.”
President Clark shared the things he’s learned from the many devotional talks he’s given over the nearly 10 years serving as president of BYU-Idaho. He grouped what he learned into four themes: the redeeming and strengthening power of the atonement of Christ, acting with faith in Christ, obedience of the heart and soul and the eternal family.
He told the story of his son Michael who left on his mission only to come home a week later. He had some things he needed to work through before returning on his mission. President Clark said the Savior’s atonement changed his son over the weeks until he was a mighty elder in Israel and was able to return on his mission, “If you turn to Christ and repent of your sins, He will forgive you and cleanse you and change your heart. This is the redeeming power of the Atonement. If you turn to Christ when you face challenges and need capacity beyond your own, He can strengthen you and magnify your capacity. This is the strengthening power of the Atonement.”
President Clark invited his children, their spouses and their children onto the stage as President Clark finished his talk with his testimony. After the devotional was over, the choir sang “God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again” while President and Sister Clark looked on into the crowd.