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Elder Meurs addressed students at a BYU-Idaho devotional to discuss ways to stand out as a leader in the world.

January 24, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook

Elder Meurs spoke with us about his devotional address, "'Unceasingly' and 'Unwearyingness' in your life," his role in the Church as a General Authority Seventy and what it's like to wear a suit while jet skiing.

Elder Peter F. Meurs, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed six gospel-based differentiators that will help students stand out as leaders and exemplars in the world, during his BYU-Idaho Devotional address on Jan. 24.

Aside from the gospel of Jesus Christ, in his address, "'Unceasingly' and 'Unwearyingness' in your life," Elder Meurs said students can apply six differentiators or traits to make them stand out as leaders in the business world, but also in the Church - virtue, unwearyingness, humility, revelation through councils, prayer and repentance.

"As you live and apply the principles of the gospel, to your future career and every other activity in life, you will positively stand out from the world," Elder Meurs said.

He said every part of the church experience, when applied to the world, is extremely valuable.

"Personal gospel study, the challenge of church callings, the things you learn as a full-time missionary, your ability to speak, to organize, to plan to motivate and your understanding of the joy found in service are all precious assets," Elder Meurs said. "When you combine these with your secular learning, you are prepared to make a significant contribution in your chosen field or profession."

In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Elder Meurs said he wanted to pass along his feelings on the effective power of the gospel in the world.

"I think that the world desperately needs Latter-day Saint leaders ... to just apply gospel principles," Elder Meurs said.

During his address, Elder Meurs used an example of a differentiator where he was filming a video to promote a conference for the young single adults in Australia, where he had to wear a suit while riding a jet ski into the shore on the ocean.

"The obvious differentiator is the suit with white shirt and tie," Elder Meurs said. "Like the suit in the video, I hope that you realize that you have an incredible differentiator in your life. It sets you apart from the world. It makes you stand out from the crowd and is of immeasurable value."

Elder Meurs said BYU-Idaho students have the opportunity to prepare to make important contributions to the world.

"It is my hope that you will ponder on the power of the combination of your secular education and the gospel of Jesus Christ," he said. "I hope that you will understand that applying gospel principles to everything you do will bless you and all those you associate and work with. I hope that you will resolve to be completely consistent in applying gospel principles in your lives."

Listen to his devotional address below.