Students at BYU-Idaho were taught by Elder Anthony D Perkins, a General Authority Seventy from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the May 22, 2018, BYU-Idaho Devotional.

Elder Perkins’ talk was titled “Inspired by a Better Cause.”

He began his address with the war story of Captain Moroni and Zerahemna from the Book of Mormon and how “the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for monarchy nor power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, year for their rites of worship and their church.” (Alma 43:5-8)

He then shared a story of his son who started a business after returning home from his mission. Elder Perkins’ son asked him, “What cause should we support?” Elder Perkins wondered why the business needed to support a cause.

After doing some research, Elder Perkins found that 90 percent of millennials, which includes most BYU-Idaho Students, will pay more for a product if it supports a cause. 

This led Elder Perkins to ask whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an institution or a cause.

“I recognize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has institutional attributes, but I testify that the Church is more than just an institution,” Elder Perkins declared. “Our standardized approach toward organization, meetings, lesson manuals, hymnbooks, handbooks, and so forth serves a purpose…to bring people to Christ.”

Elder Perkins taught about three attributes we can focus on to be more consecrated to the cause of Zion; Unity, Righteousness, and No Poor.

In an interview with Elder Perkins, he shared why he chose these specific attributes.

“Joseph Smith has a famous quote... he talks about how this is the dispensation to prepare the world for the coming of the Savior and no other dispensation had that opportunity,” Elder Perkins said.  “When you look at a people that were ready to meet the Savior it’s the people of Enoch in the Pearl of Great Price, and in there it describes that society and that society was unified, it was righteous and there were no poor among them.”

Elder Perkins concluded his talk with his testimony and one last cause.

“Have you ever considered that you, individually, are also the cause of our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son?” Elder Perkins asked. “They want to help you become someone wonderful, and indeed, glorious.”

Click below to hear Elder Perkins’ full devotional address.