April 25, 2017
Writer: David Payne
During the BYU-Idaho Devotional on April 25, 2017, Sister Rosemary Wixom spoke with students about weaknesses, repentance and finding a "fresh view." Sister Wixom's talk was titled, "Discovering a Fresh View."
Sister Wixom focused on three aspects in life repentance would give us a "fresh view" on; God, one's self, and the world.
She began her talk by comparing living the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a plant breaking through asphalt.
"Its' lime green stems have pushed the thick coarse pavement out of its' path. The bright green leaves on each sturdy stem are reaching for the sun. Nothing can stand in its way," Sister Wixom said.
She continued by talking about change and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about making people better. Throughout life we take risks and make many mistakes. Sister Wixom taught that everyone has weaknesses but the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help us.
Sister Wixom said she feared the word "repentance" as a child.
"I viewed it as the ultimate difficult task, the very last resort," she said, "I did not see the fresh view it would offer me like the plant emerging through the asphalt."
During the devotional, two students were invited to the stand to share what they shared on the newly introduced Devotional Discussion Board. The discussion board was implemented by President Henry J. Eyring right before his first semester as the President of BYU-Idaho. Sister Wixom posed the question, "What would you say in two or three sentences to someone who asked 'what would be in it for me if I joined your church?'"
In an interview with Sister Wixom, she answered this question.
"If someone were to say to me, 'What is there about this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, that's important to you?' I would have to say 'The opportunity to change and grow closer to the Savior,'" she said.
The first aspect Sister Wixom taught about was how repentance can help us discover a fresh view about God.
"We come to know God as we draw closer to Him and we draw closer to him as we repent and change for the better," Sister Wixom said.
She continued to quote many prophets and apostles who have taught about repentance. Sister Wixom also spoke about our weaknesses and how Satan smiles when we feel buried and defeated by them.
"No matter how brilliant we think we are or how resilient we attempt to be we cannot do it alone," Sister Wixom said. "God, through our Savior, Jesus Christ can make more out of us and our weaknesses than we ever could."
The second aspect Sister Wixom taught was how repentance helps us discover a fresh view of one's self.
"Each one of us have experienced that gnawing need to repent of a thought, an action or a habit," said Sister Wixom, "and it's painful."
Sister Wixom assured that although times can be hard and often we delay our repentance, we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father.
The third and final aspect Sister Wixom taught was how repentance helps us discover a fresh view of the world around us. She quoted President Thomas S. Monson, who 50 years earlier said "Today, we are encamped against the greatest array of sin, vise and evil ever assembled before our eyes."
Sister Wixom talked about being in the world but not of the world and how we are blessed to have a living prophet of God on the earth.
"When we follow the prophet, our course will lead us safely back home. If we are going to make a difference in this world, we much be different," said Sister Wixom. "We must be constantly progressing, repenting and drawing closer to the Lord to discover a fresh real view of the world."
Click below to hear Sister Wixom's full devotional address. You can also click here to watch the video or read the transcript.