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Steven Rigby Devotional – November 24, 2015

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Steven Rigby, the Computer Information Technology Department Chair at BYU-Idaho, spoke to students about ways to stay safe in a world of sin.

Rigby taught just as there are physical fortifications for buildings, cities and nations, we must increase our spiritual fortifications through prayer, studying the scriptures, following the prophets and giving service.

He said with these defenses we can withstand Satan and his tactics which include the “massive attack,” “Laying siege” or a “backdoor attack.” He explained a backdoor attack includes gaming, social media and our cellphones.

“You can bet Satan has a plan on how to use this device to sneak past all of your defenses. Do we have a plan on how to keep these backdoors shut? Is it written down and reviewed frequently? By one click of a button or link, Satan can bypass all of your fortifications and slip you into sinning within seconds,” he said.

Eda Ashby Devotional – November 17, 2015

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Sister Eda Ashby, a Music Department faculty member at BYU-Idaho, spoke at the weekly devotional about what it takes to become a Zion-like person.

She said everyone is entitled to gain a testimony of Jesus Christ, His Atonement, The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and the restored gospel. She quoted Doctrine and Covenants 133:17 “For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of His coming is nigh.” She said those who gain a testimony and join the latter-day restoration are on God’s path-straightening crew to prepare the way of the Lord.

But, she said, we must also clear the path to our hearts, “We must clear away the piles of worldly trash, non-heavenly entertainment, false precepts, destructive emotions, and sins, so they don’t block the path of the light- and so they don’t take up space in our hearts that would instead be filled COMPLETELY with the Spirit of God.”

She said as we become a Zion-like people she imagines looking down on the earth from space and “seeing a light in Rexburg, and many little lights in other places, dotting the earth, where people are striving to do the will of God. I imagine faithful people going out from here into the world, and new lights or stronger lights springing up where they settle. Gradually, the lights brighten and multiply.”

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold Devotional – November 10, 2015

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Elder Mervyn B. Arnold of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to the campus of BYU-Idaho about increasing in Christ as you receive his image in your countenance.

He said during a training session of the General Authorities of the Church days before General Conference, President Henry B. Eyring invited those attending to experience an increase of the Savior’s image. Elder Arnold extended the same invitation, “By heeding the words of the Savior, the scriptures, and modern-day prophets, we can learn how to increase in Christ, integrating the Savior’s teachings into our very beings by doing what He did, becoming more like Him each day, and decreasing the natural man within ourselves over time.”

Bishop Keith B. McMullin Devotional – November 3, 2015

Keith B. McMullin is poses for a portrait after being appointed as the new CEO of Deseret Management Corporation in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Keith B. McMullin poses for a portrait after being appointed as the new CEO of Deseret Management Corporation in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 5, 2012.

The CEO of Deseret Management Corporation, Keith B. McMullin, spoke to the campus of BYU-Idaho about setting an appointment for the resurrection. McMullin is also a former member of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He reviewed the resurrection of Jesus Christ and said he realized one day he should make an appointment to be among those on the morning of the first resurrection. He challenged students to make the same appointment.

“Decide today that you will be present on the morning of the first resurrection,” he said. “Write it down in the calendars of your heart and mind. Make it guide your daily routines. Do not question, postpone, or change the appointment. Keep it and you, with the Lord’s help, will make up any deficiencies that may exist. After all, you do have a lifetime to get ready.”

Mark Bennion Devotional – October 27, 2015

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Mark Bennion, an English Department faculty member at BYU-Idaho, spoke about staying true to Jesus Christ and His restored gospel during his devotional talk.

Bennion shared what he calls three scriptural paradigms: the penitent woman who washed the Savior’s feet with her tears, the lad who provided the bread and fish that fed the 5,000 and the reactions of Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the Angel Gabriel.

“As the woman, the lad, and Mary chose faith, they turned taxing experiences into marvelous blessings,” he said. “Our own difficulties may be the very things that point us to the Savior, allowing us to see His redemptive hand working in our lives.”

Jayson Kunzler Devotional – October 20, 2015

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Jayson Kunzler, a BYU-Idaho faculty member in the Business Management department, spoke to the campus of BYU-Idaho during the weekly devotional about having a testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith.

Kunzler said the character of Joseph Smith is under attack. He offered three ways to get to know Smith better: beware of the many voices that call into question Smith’s character, search the scriptures and be loyal to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“All spiritual blessings from the Lord have come to me because of Joseph Smith,” he said. “All of the scriptures, the priesthood, my baptism for the remission of my sins, the Gift of the Holy Ghost which bears a true witness of the Father and the Son to me, the ordinances of the temple which bind my ancestors and my posterity to me and my precious wife—all of these blessings and endless others are given unto me because of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I love him. It is because of him that the very blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ can be fastened and made sure unto us.”

Shane Webster Devotional – October 13, 2015

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Shane Webster, the managing director of Financial Services at BYU-Idaho, spoke at the weekly BYU-Idaho Devotional about choosing experiences in life to benefit you.

He talked about Joseph Smith and the trial he went through as the prophet and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He relayed Joseph’s experience at Liberty Jail where he was unjustly imprisoned for months. During his incarceration he received a revelation, which is recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 122:7, part of it reads, “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for they good.”

Brother Webster said this scripture is often used in context with the negative experiences at Liberty Jail and trials and adversity in our own lives. But, he asked, “what about the experiences we choose to give ourselves? How can we help ensure the choices we make will provide experiences that will be for our good?”

He gave four principles to help students choose experiences to better their lives: establish good habits, get involved, plant your roots and learn wisdom.

“I believe these suggestions will enrich your lives and provide an increased opportunity for success while you are attending school, and will also form a reasonable basis for continued success throughout your lives.”

Samuel Clay Devotional – October 6, 2015

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Samuel Clay, a faculty member in the Psychology Department at BYU-Idaho, spoke to the campus about nurturing each other along the path of perfection.

Brother Clay is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says he joined the Church after he graduated high school. In his talk he described what led to his conversion and the process of change that has happened since he joined the Church. He says he is grateful for the help of family members, friends and members of the Church who have helped him on his path to perfection.

“I testify that we need each other, that we need responsibilities, that we need to be nurtured with the good word of God, as President Hinckley taught; and most importantly, we need the Savior’s atonement, while we deal with life’s challenges as we seek to become more like the Savior and Our Heavenly Father.”

Brian Pyper Devotional – September 29, 2015

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Brian Pyper, a BYU-Idaho faculty member in the Physics Department, spoke in the weekly devotional about how all things testify there is a God.

He said he likes to play video games sometimes and likes to find what’s called “Easter Eggs” inside the games. These are additional levels, extra power or other fun changes in the game. He compared these to the “Divine Signatures” God left “creating you, the earth, and everything,” he said. “They’re sometimes big and obvious, where He might even say, ‘For God so loved the world,’ to make it absolutely clear, and sometimes they’re tiny little personal insights, prepared especially for you, a place in the foundation stones of reality where God signed his work then waited patiently and lovingly for you to find it. Each one testifies, not only that God exists, or even just that He was involved in creating that thing, but that He loves you. He loves each of us, not only enough to send His Son to Atone for our sins, but to build into the fabric of creation signatures of His presence and love.”

Some examples he gave include how God designed families to be a window into His love for us. “The things we experience, the signposts and moments of our lives in our families can give us insight on earth into how it is in heaven.”

He also talked about studying rocks and meteorites and how “rocks show unique, handwritten signatures of God’s love for us. He took of those materials, and created an earth upon which we could dwell. Because He loves us, for ‘any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.'”

Elder James J. Hamula Devotional – September 22, 2015

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Elder James J. Hamula, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to the students at BYU-Idaho during the weekly devotional about the importance of the day September 22. It was on that day in 1827 Joseph Smith received the gold plates from the Angel Moroni. He translated those plates into The Book of Mormon.

Elder Hamula also talked about his personal experience learning for himself the truth of the Joseph Smith story and of The Book of Mormon. He said just after he finished reading The Book of Mormon for the first time as a teenager he decided to read Joseph Smith’s story. Reading the story prompted him to sincerely pray to find out if the story was true and if The Book of Mormon is true.

“Almost immediately, I had a feeling come over me that was unlike anything I had ever experienced in my life up to that point,” he said. “It was a feeling of love that entered into my heart and consumed my entire being. With it came an assurance to my mind that infused my whole being with a profound peace. So overwhelmed was I that I began to weep — not out of fear, but out of joy. In this moment, the intense feelings of love and peace that were filling my soul delivered to me knowledge and intelligence that are more deep and enduring than can be obtained through the physical senses alone. Without seeing, touching, or hearing, I knew that there is a God in heaven, that He is my Father, that Jesus Christ is His Son and the Savior of mankind, and that Joseph Smith saw them both, just as he reported.”

Elder Hamula said divine revelation cannot be produced at will, but there are conditions to have in your life to move the Lord to “speak to us, when and as He wishes.” He said there are four conditions: exercise faith in God our Father; sincerely inquire of God; earnestly listen for God’s voice; and act in faith on what you receive.