During the BYU-Idaho Devotional on March 7, 2017, Elder Kevin W. Pearson, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to students about choosing to see the light and truth with which the Lord is blessing us.
Elder Pearson said each person enters mortality with every intention to embrace God's light and truth.
"No one came to do otherwise," he said. "Your personal responsibility is heightened by attending this university, and the sacred covenants with God made at baptism and in the holy temple."
Elder Pearson said each person looks at the world through one of two lenses: the lens of doubt and disbelief, or the lens of truth and light.
"Each of us is endowed with the Light of Christ," he said. "The ability to discern spiritual light and truth. Our spiritual eyes, however, have two lenses. Heavenly Father sends divine light into our minds and hearts. Through these lenses, principles of truth are transformed into understanding, knowledge and conviction."
Elder Pearson counseled students to establish good patterns during their college years to ensure their faithfulness and strength when trials work to drag them down.
"This is a critical time of life for establishing patterns," Elder Pearson said. "You will make some of the most pivotal decisions of your life during these years. These patterns and decisions will prepare you for other critical phases of life. Struggle and hardship are inevitable and indispensable to morality."
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Elder Pearson said establishing good patterns now is especially important for finding an eternal companion.
"I think that the single-most important decision you can make at this stage of your life, as you think about a companion or a partner, is to find someone who is first and foremost absolutely converted and committed to following the Savior and following Heavenly Father," he said. "Because you're going to find, in life it takes two to meet the battles of life, and you need someone who is really, really committed and really centered, really anchored in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if you do, it will be one of the greatest blessings of your life.
Elder Pearson gave students six essential concepts to follow now in order to survive spiritually when faced hardship later: love and obey God first, meaningful personal prayer, seek learning by study and by faith, search the scriptures every day, focus on the big picture and trust in Jesus Christ.
He said by following these six concepts, students will be more prepared to face hardships with faith, and be able to look for the light in their trials.
"You are indeed the master of your fate and soul," Elder Pearson said. "Because of the Savior's Atonement, we are agents, free to act and not be acted upon. Each of us will stand before Almighty God and account for the light and truth we have chosen."
Click below to listen to Elder Pearson's full devotional address.