As an adjunct professor who has taught at BYU for several years, I am in awe of this amazing institution that attracts the finest, most extraordinary faculty and students on the planet.I honor you and believe that King Benjamin could have easily been describing you when he said: And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.Yet how many of us confuse love (commitment) with romance (emotion). “I love her so much; she makes me feel differently than I have ever felt before.” Or, “I love him so much; he makes me feel differently than I have ever felt before.” So do breakfast burritos!If you think you are in love, maybe you just need a long, cold shower and a box of Rolaids!Uchtdorf’s reminder that we are more than just mortal beings living on a small planet for a short season (see “You Matter to Him,” Ensign, November 2011, 22).Through this experience I became an eyewitness to the words of Alma: “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors” (Alma ).As I have traveled the world, I have come to realize that we become the average of the five people we associate with the most, which means we must be willing to pay any price and travel any distance to associate with extraordinary human beings. Isn’t this why we attend our church meetings each week?
And at 90,000 feet you tear up and feel like you can reach out and touch the face of God!
The scriptures clearly warn: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? [Mark –37] I saw this reality unfold in two separate scenarios.
The first one involved a football teammate of mine who was drafted into the National Football League with a huge second-round signing bonus and a big salary.
For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual.
[Mosiah ] Yes, you are awesome, and this could be the most important assignment I have ever had as a professional speaker. However, as I was getting ready this morning, I noticed that I was losing hair on my head and growing it in my nose and ears and on my back—in places I don’t even need it. My only hope this morning was that the hair in my right ear would grow long enough so that I could comb it up over the top of my head and fake all of you out! When President Worthen asked me to speak to you today, two life-altering experiences surfaced in my mind, helping me focus my remarks.