Sister Kathy Webb, Executive Assistant to BYU-Idaho President Clark Gilbert, spoke to the student body of BYU-Idaho today in a devotional. The title of her devotional was, "The Rescue, The Power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ." It included moments of her life where she was "rescued" by Christ for the better.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Sister Webb shared her reasoning for choosing this topic.
"I started out thinking I would about serving with the different presidents at BYU-Idaho," said Webb. "I think part of the reason why I landed here in part something to do with what Vice President Henry J. Eyring said to me at my desk, 'really all that you have is you...you want to share what in your life has taught you the doctrine of Christ.'"
Webb said after that conversation she started to reflect on her life and what experiences would have helped her in her life that she could use.
She started off sharing her experiences with living in Saudi Arabia as a young girl and learning the importance of the sacrament early since her family could only partake of it when her older brother would visit them. Her father was an inactive member of the LDS Church and was not able to bless or pass the sacrament.
When she got older, Sister Webb moved back to the United States where she felt like she fell away from the church. She shared many instances where she felt like she was rescued by God and he kept directing her to where she is today.
"Every time the Lord rescued me, I had to make a choice," said Webb. "The Lord was and is literally standing at the door and knocking, but all of us have to choose to open the door and let him in."
She shared five choices she made that went along with her rescue. First, remembering who we are.
"You are in a new time and place in your life," Webb said. "Remember who you are and where you came from."
Her second choice was to choose to believe and have faith.
"I know that acting in faith allows Father in Heaven to teach us powerful lessons that we couldn't learn any other way," said Webb. "When I first felt the Lord reaching out to rescue me, I had to choose to exercise my faith to follow. I had to choose to believe."
Third, choose to change. She shared some insight Elder David A. Bednar taught her during his time at BYU-Idaho.
"'You are either on the Lord's side or Satan's side,'" he said to Webb. "'If you are not on the Lord's side-move. Get up and walk away-make a change. The deeper you go into the Lord's side of the line, the safer and better able to experience happiness you will be.'"
Her fourth and fifth points were repent and seek forgiveness and choose to be happy. She quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, with how we should not be afraid to take the step of faith and repent.
In regards to being happy, Webb shared experiences she has had with President and Sister Gilbert and said their happiness comes from their willingness to serve and remain positive.
Listen to the devotional below. To watch the address or read the transcript, click here.