January 9, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook
Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a General Authority Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at Commencement for the 2016 Fall graduation at BYU-Idaho.
Elder Wilson spoke with BYU-Idaho Radio about his Commencement speech, as well as his calling in the Church as a General Authority Seventy and previously as an Area Seventy.
Elder Wilson said that, as he was planning his talk, he thought about what students might go through post-graduation.
"I was thinking about students completely their education and leaving the environment of the university to go out in the world that will bring a new set of challenges for them - it will be a new adventure," Elder Wilson said.
He said he tried to think of how to help people prepare for their lives after they leave the university.
Elder Wilson also talked about his roles in the Church as an Area Seventy, and now currently as a General Authority Seventy.
"As an Area Seventy, we would work with the local stake presidents, we would do training of new stake presidents, participate in stake conferences and carry out various assignments from the presidency of the Seventy," Elder Wilson said.
He said he served as an Area Seventy for seven years until he contracted an auto-immune disease which cause him to be unable to work for a year and a half.
"Miraculously, I recovered and was able to go back to work," Elder Wilson said. "I was called as a Sunday School teacher - I was teaching the 12- and 13-year-olds in Sunday School. I remember calling my brother and telling him that was a lot more difficult than being an Area Seventy was."
Elder Wilson said he had been teaching Sunday School for about two years when he was called to serve as a General Authority Seventy.
He said he currently works with temples and organizing temple dedications. He has been involved in the dedication of seven temples throughout the world since he was called as a General Authority Seventy.
"There's nothing like being involved with the Lord's temples and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to do that," Elder Wilson said.
To read or listen to Elder Wilson's commencement speech, "The Rock Upon Which We Must Build" visit byui.edu/DevotionalsandSpeechs.