President Henry J. Eyring and his wife Sister Kelly Eyring kicked off the start of Fall 2017 devotionals with a talk about natural leadership and their keys to student success both inside and outside the classroom.
The devotional took a unique structure as the usual interaction with students at the podium extended outside the BYU-Idaho Center to include Skype interactions with students across the country.
"One from Salt Lake City and one from New York state," BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring told BYU-Idaho Radio. "They have unique stories to share that I think all of the students will enjoy," Sister Kelly Eyring added.
The central theme of the message, both say, focuses on academic success as it relates to the principle and prophesied "natural leadership," of BYU-Idaho students.
"There is no better place than BYU-Idaho to pursue a college education," BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring said in the devotional address on Tuesday, September 12. "As a BYU-Idaho student, you can qualify for President Eyring's remarkable prophecy that, "The day will come that [your] capacity to influence people around for good will have you singled out as one of the great leaders in whatever place you're in."
The talk springboards off the couple's first devotional address in the Spring 2017 semester which invited students to reach out and say "hello," or offer a simple smile to the people they passed on the way to class. Now, the Eyrings say, it's time to reach out and help each other succeed academically.
"Today's devotional address goes the next step to say, 'OK, now that we've recognized that we can't do this alone, we've got to be in it together, let's talk about what it means to be in it together as we're studying,'" President Eyring said.
Sister Kelly Eyring says she struggled as a student and needed to learn the lesson of asking for help as part of her college success and hopes students can feel confident about reaching out to help and be helped.
"I think the message of it is not to be afraid, not to think that by reaching out for help, you're somehow, not enough," Sister Eyring said. "By reaching out for help, you'll help the others around you, a benefit I didn't know at the time that I needed help, but also that you'll become successful because you'll be able to thank your Heavenly Father and that's really the true source of help."
You can listen to the full interview and devotional below.