Behold, I say unto you, concerning the school in Zion, I, the Lord, am well pleased that there should be a school in Zion. In this school in Zion in Rexburg—in this temple of learning—disciples can follow the Savior and learn of and from Him the lessons that will prepare them for effective service in their homes, in the Church, and in their communities and careers. Let us now focus on the second key factor that contributes to the spiritual strength that is available in this Disciple Preparation Center.
Section 97 of the Doctrine and Covenants, from which we have just read, highlights the importance of both a school in Zion and of the holy temple. Please now turn with me to verse Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that a house should be built unto me in the land of Zion, like unto the pattern which I have given you. For a place of thanksgiving for all saints, and for a place of instruction for all those who are called to the work of the ministry in all their several callings and offices;.
That they may be perfected in the understanding of their ministry, in theory, in principle, and in doctrine, in all things pertaining to the kingdom of God on the earth, the keys of which kingdom have been conferred upon you. Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God. At the time of his call to become the fourteenth president of the Church, President Howard W.
Brothers and sisters, temples are holy; temples are sacred places for learning about and entering into eternal covenants; temples are places of peace and of revelation. Temples are eternal links: It is in the House of the Lord that things of the earth are joined with the things of heaven. Now please consider the spiritual significance of having a House of the Lord on the campus of Brigham Young University — Idaho.
Ponder the impact of a holy temple on the campus of this school in Zion. Every temple that this Church has built has in effect stood as a monument to our belief in the immortality of the human soul, that this phase of mortal life through which we pass is part of a continuous upward climb. That is our firm belief. It comes about through the Atonement of the Savior, and the temple becomes.
The temple is concerned with things of immortality.
We build it so the family may be eternal. All of the ordinances which take place in the house of the Lord become expressions of our belief in that fundamental and basic doctrine. The temple therefore becomes the ultimate in our system of worship and therefore is of great and significant importance to us.
Hinckley, Inspirational Thoughts , Ensign , April , p. The temple as a quiet but consistent reminder in our midst of the centrality of Jesus Christ and of the immortality of the soul cannot but elevate the quality of our education and the depth and beauty of our associations.
Several years ago, Elder L. Tom Perry visited our campus and was asked the following question by a faculty member: As you are well aware, we have devotional speakers every Tuesday—many of whom are emeritus General Authorities or Brethren who have been released after serving in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. A significant number of those Brethren, after being released as General Authorities, have served as temple presidents.
The following response by Elder J. Ballard Washburn is representative of so many of the answers I have received: I have come to better and more fully understand the protection available in the temple and through our covenants. I have come to better and more fully understand what it means to make an acceptable offering of temple worship. There is a difference between church-attending, tithe-paying members who occasionally rush into the temple to go through a session and those members who faithfully and consistently worship in the temple.
Brothers and sisters, please remember that penetrating statement by Elder Washburn: The Rexburg temple will contribute to a potent and powerfully protected place of preparation for disciples of Christ who will be an influence for good all over the earth. BYU — Idaho is surrounded by strong stakes of Zion. Stakes are established as places of refuge and protection. Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;. And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.
Please consider that during your tenure as a student at Brigham Young University — Idaho, you also are a member of a stake of Zion. We have on this campus at the present time more than 70 wards organized into 7 stakes, and the protection promised in the verses we just read applies specifically to you. Additionally, in the surrounding city of Rexburg and in the neighboring communities of Southeastern Idaho are additional strong stakes of Zion. Truly we are blessed to reside in an area of such spiritual stability and strength. Your experiences and service in the stakes of Zion on this campus contribute in important ways to your preparation as a disciple of the Savior.
Each of you will learn lessons here that will bless you and those you influence throughout your entire life.
I only know of four places which the Lord has so prepared: And with the opportunity and privilege to study and learn here come a tremendous responsibility. I am fully aware that not all young people in the Church can or want to attend a Church-sponsored institution of higher education. And I certainly am not suggesting that these institutions are the only places where latter-day disciples are prepared and tutored and trained. Ultimately, the best Disciple Preparation Center is located within the walls of our own homes.
Nevertheless, these institutions do have an important role to play today in the building of the kingdom of God on the earth. BYU — Idaho is not just a university. You are not merely university students.
Studying here involves much more than taking tests and performing well in academic classes—although your academic development and performance truly are important. Let me suggest three primary lessons I hope every student will take away from his or her experience at this Disciple Preparation Center that we call Brigham Young University — Idaho. Brothers and sisters, the first principle of the gospel is not simply faith; rather, the first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The faith of a true disciple is focused upon and rooted in the Savior and Redeemer, even the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we read in Hebrews Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. A disciple recognizes that faith in the Savior is a spiritual gift and appropriately seeks for that gift in his or her life. Faith is not a trait to be developed or a reward to be earned. Rather, it is a gift we receive from God.
Scriptural synonyms for faith include trust, confidence, and reliance. Thus, the spiritual gift of faith enables us to trust in Christ and to have confidence in His power to cleanse, to renew, to redeem, and to strengthen us. Faith means we are beginning to rely upon His merits, mercy, and grace 2 Nephi 2: Indeed, you and I have a responsibility to properly seek after this gift; and we must do all that we can do to qualify for the gift of faith.
Ultimately, however, the gift is bestowed upon us by a loving and caring God.
Talmage indicated in his classic book The Articles of Faith that faith is a gift from God. As is fitting for so priceless a pearl, it is given to those only who show by their sincerity that they are worthy of it, and who give promise of abiding by its dictates.
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No compulsion is used in bringing men to a knowledge of God; yet, as fast as we open our hearts to the influences of righteousness, the faith that leads to life eternal will be given us of our Father. The Articles of Faith , p. Smith also has taught: Faith is always a gift of God to man, which is obtained by obedience, as all other blessings are. Gospel Doctrine , p. Conference Report , October , p. Young people of your age can and will and do receive this supernal gift.
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