They introduced themselves to the students of BYU-Idaho. They told them how they met at Brigham Young University and married. They eventually had eight children. During their talk they shared personal pictures of their family, youth they served in the church in Boston, Mass., and students they worked with at Harvard Business College.
They also showed the painting “Calling of St. Matthew,” by the early Baroque painter Carravagio. The painting shows Christ calling Matthew to follow him and be a disciple. Sister Gilbert explained the pattern learned from Matthew’s call: look up and accept the call, let go of things that may hold you back, seek the enabling power from the Lord, and be humble and recognize where the power comes from.
“Whether it was the young Joseph Smith called to restore the gospel, David to defeat Goliath, or Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, it is not the greatness of the man or woman, but their willingness to rise to the call that leads to power in the Lord. When we look up and truly understand the call the Lord is extending and let go of our self-focus, the Lord will empower us and make us mighty in His hands,” she said.
The Gilberts shared personal stories of when they rose to callings in the church, in their work and personal life including the path to Rexburg the first time, “We learned then, and we continue to realize, that when we rise to the calls the Lord presents to us, He blesses us in ways that are powerful and permanent,” President Gilbert said.
They finished their talk with a challenge to the students of BYU-Idaho, “Sister Gilbert and I invite each of you to share with others how you will rise up to the calls in your life. Rise up and accept the call the Lord has for you and seek for His power in magnifying your assignments. When you are on His errand, He will make you mighty in His hands,” President Clark said.