April 20, 2010
Writer: Writer: Mark Beck

Brigham Young University-Idaho president Kim B. Clark and his wife, Sue, urged students to prepare now for their futures, during today's Spring Semester opening devotional address in the John W. Hart Auditorium.

"The call to rise up and prepare for the great work God has given us to do is a call that echoes all through the scriptures down to the living prophets in our day," Sister Clark said. "And we hear it in the Savior's own voice when He said, ‘Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.'"

President Clark spoke specifically to the men about the role of a husband and father. "If you are faithful and magnify your callings in the priesthood (including being more concerned and diligent at home)," President Clark said, "Heavenly Father will bless you with the powers of heaven; with the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit; with the watchful care of His angels; and, indeed, with all that He has. You will be a priesthood leader."

To the women, Sister Clark emphasized the importance of learning and teaching. "The key to this preparation is the Holy Ghost. As you teach your children the gospel, and everything else, the Holy Ghost will help you, support you, and bless you," she said. "Prepare now for that great day by listening to the whisperings of the Spirit in your life and qualifying for the companionship of the Holy Ghost."

In conclusion, President Clark emphasized the role faith plays in having an eternal family. "We know from our experience over many years, that everything about becoming a husband or wife and a father or mother in an eternal family is an act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ," he said. "Looking for your eternal companion, and deciding to marry is an act of faith. Deciding to have children is an act of faith. Rearing children in love and righteousness is an act of faith."