During the BYU-Idaho Devotional on May 16, 2017, Elder Eduardo Gavarret, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke with students about the importance of seeking knowledge and serving God.
In an interview, Elder Gavarret said he had many thoughts on what to speak on but he felt knowledge and service were the best.
"I asked a couple of my companions if they had any suggestions for the talk," said Elder Gavarett. "Ideas came to me in this process and a strong impression came to me. One word came to me about this devotional and it was knowledge."
Elder Gavarret's talk is titled "As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord."
He began by telling the story of Joshua, the son of Nun. Joshua was chosen by God to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites. He blessed the people and advised them to serve God.
"Choose ye this day whom ye serve... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 2:15)
Elder Gavarret asked how Joshua reached that level of commitment. He continued by talking about knowledge and how BYU-Idaho students have great opportunities to learn.
"You are in one of the meccas of knowledge," said Elder Gavarret. "Nowadays, the power to obtain knowledge is within the reach of everyone more than at any time in history."
Elder Gavarret showed many pictures during his address. Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Philo Taylor Farnsworth and President Russell M. Nelson were all used as examples of people who sought wisdom and knowledge and accomplished great things.
"Even though these people made a difference, their search for knowledge was not limited to just getting information," said Elder Gavarret. "It was followed by action."
Later in his address, Elder Gavarret invited students to apply a few principles in their lives such as knowing who you are, getting a testimony of the Plan of Salvation, focusing on what's important, and entrusting your faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. He encouraged students to never give up.
"You are a winner from the beginning," said Elder Gavarret. "By participating positively in the pre-mortal council, you and I obtained the 'ticket' to come to earth and have the possibility to continue advancing."
Elder Gavarret compared BYU-Idaho students to Joshua by saying just as Joshua was a great example, the students could also make a difference in the world.
"Choosing who to serve and where to make a difference begins with the desire to follow Jesus Christ and this means obeying His commandments," said Elder Gavarret.
He spoke about how making a difference would be difficult and take faith. He also warned students to not fall into traps set up by the adversary.
"Do not be carried away by social movements whose message or activity is contrary to the Father's Plan," said Elder Gavarret.
He finished with his testimony and again challenged students to begin making a difference in their lives by being more than just a "good person".
"Mark the difference," said Elder Gavarett. "Establish your personal covenant with Him, our Savior and say: 'For me and my house, we will serve the Lord.'"
Click below to hear Elder Gavarret's full devotional address. You can also click here to watch the video or read the full transcript.