The 16 stones the Brother of Jared prepared for the Lord to touch to light the way of the Jaredites are a pattern we can use in our lives, according to the BYU-Idaho devotional speaker for January 19, 2021. 

LaNae Poulter is the university scheduling manager at BYU-Idaho. In her talk, “Sixteen Stones,” she spoke about the necessity of trials, and how we can use them to grow and help others. 

In her address, Poulter gave the story of the Howell family of Rexburg.  One of their sons, Brady Howell, died tragically in the 9/11 attacks. 

Blessed power, peace and comfort can come even in times of great turmoil. I personally witnessed a grieving family at a time of national upheaval and fears; and yet their response was calm, controlled and with a gospel-centered perspective,” Poulter said in her talk. 

She encouraged listeners to look toward the future and keep potential trials from interfering with their happiness. 

Look for the goodness of God’s love even in and perhaps especially in future times of trial. As you seek solutions or comfort, make scripture study part of your sixteen stones,’” she said.  Through personal revelation, you will be guided to verses filled with meaning.” 

In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Poulter said the best way to help others through trials is to serve them. 

“We’re all here, if we’ve been blessed with a better attitude for the day or with the means to lift somebody, why would we not do that?” she said in the interview. 

She also said she hopes listeners will understand that God knows them personally. 

He understands the smallest, most minute things about you, and loves you.  No matter how insignificant you feel, no matter how insignificant you think your problem really is, He understands and can give you strength and meaning through that,” she said.