BYU-Idaho Radio · "Life is a Race – Are You All In?" a BYU-Idaho Devotional address by Heather Hall

We all have goals we want to achieve but those goals take time and patience to achieve. Working toward these goals requires us to be “all in” as we make our efforts constant, steady and frequent, said Heather Hall, the online hiring coordinator at BYU-Idaho. 

“A few words listed as antonyms to casual and occasional are deliberate, premeditated, constant, steady, and frequent. So to rephrase Elder Uchtdorf’s comment would be to say our commitment to the Savior and His gospel must be deliberate, premeditated, constant, steady, and frequent. In other words, we need to be all in,” Hall said in her devotional address. 

Hall spoke about a time when she learned this lesson when she failed to practice for the swimming portion of a triathlon. 

“I was not deliberate, constant, or frequent in my swimming preparation for the triathlon or the outcome might have been different. To apply this to spiritual matters, there are things that—if neglected—will impact the overall results of our mortal journey. If our ultimate desire is to attain exaltation, we need to strive to be all in with the spiritual aspects of our race,” Hall said. 

In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Hall talked about some of her favorite examples of people who demonstrated their devotion by being all in through their actions, like many characters from the scriptures and Latter-day Saints. 

BYU-Idaho Radio · BYU-Idaho devotional speakers talks about “being all in”

“[Nephi] is a great example and Joseph Smith is another one, our Pioneers even… I just think of them being all in despite all they had to go through,” Hall said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio. 

In the interview, Hall also talked about needing the help of the Savior at all times no matter what kind of preparations we have undertaken. 

“It doesn't matter how much you prepare, you are going to need the Savior’s help for everything that you do. If at any point you think you are doing it by yourself you are wrong,” Hall said.