Devotional Talk Given at Brigham Young University-Hawaii
March 2, 2011
I would like to begin by giving you a pop quiz. I do not want to test your mind. I want to test your heart. I will read six very brief statements. As I read them, please pay attention, not to what you think, but to what you feel.
I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold I am Jesus Christ. (Ether 3:14).
I came into the world to do the will of my Father (3Nephi 27:13).
I have drunk out of the bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the worldâ€¦ (3Nephi 11:11).
I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (3Nephi 9:18).
Come unto to me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit (3Nephi 12:19).
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10).
When I listen to these words, something happens to my heart. Tears come to my eyes. These are truth tears, the kind of tears that come when I feel the Holy Ghost. My heart softens and I feel a sense of awe and of gratitude. I feel a desire to move towards the presence of God.