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President Clark Gilbert, Christine Gilbert Devotional – April 21, 2015

President Clark Gilbert, Sister Christine Gilbert
BYU-Idaho President Clark Gilbert and his wife Christine gave the devotional address Tuesday, April 21, 2015. They spoke together and called their talk “Rise to the Call.”

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.

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President Kim Clark, Sue Clark Devotional – March 31, 2015

Pres & Sis Clark
President Kim Clark and Sister Sue Clark gave their farewell devotional addresses March 31, 2015.

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.

Shaun Orr Devotional – March 24, 2015

Orr, Shaun

Shaun Orr, the director of the BYU-Idaho Student Health Center, spoke to students about being faithful and praying always.  He recounted his memory of when the Teton Dam broke when he was just seven years old.  He was in a grocery store when the wave of water hit Rexburg.  He says he watched the water rise in the store and he thought he was going to die until he prayed to live. “As soon as the words left my mouth, I immediately felt the peace and comfort of the Holy Ghost. I had the feeling that everything would be OK. I knew that my loving Heavenly Father heard and answered my simple and heart-felt prayer. My loneliness and thoughts of despair were instantly, instantly replaced with love. I no longer feared my life would be taken.”

Elder Wilford W. Andersen Devotional – March 17, 2015

Andersen, Wilford

Elder Wilford W. Andersen, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to students at BYU-Idaho about the faith to reap.  Using examples from the Book of Mormon, Elder Andersen showed the differences between the faith to try and the faith to do.

Steven Winkel Devotional – March 3, 2015

Winkel, Steve
Steven Winkel, a faculty member in the Animal and Food Science Department at BYU-Idaho, spoke to students, faculty and staff at BYU-Idaho about recognizing and receiving God given gifts. Among the gifts he outlined were prayer, scriptures and commandments with their promised blessings.

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Carole M. Stephens Devotional – February 24, 2015

Carole Stephens

Carole M. Stephens, the first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at the campus of BYU-Idaho about recognizing the still, small voice of the holy ghost.

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Doug Stutz Devotional – February 17, 2015

Doug Stutz

Doug Stutz

Doug Stutz, a coordinator in Student Activities at BYU-Idaho, an adviser of sporting events and a coordinator of student-led instruction, spoke about passionate, purpose-focused performance.

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Jack Fuller Devotional – February 10, 2015

Jack Fuller, a faculty member of the Business Management Department at BYU-Idaho, spoke about Valentine’s resolutions.

Greg Klingler Devotional – February 2, 2015

Elder Russell M. Nelson Devotional – January 27, 2015