BYU-Idaho Radio · BYU-Idaho devotional teaches the importance of understanding our potential as children of God

This week’s devotional speaker shared a message about understanding our worth and purpose as sons and daughters of God.  

Sam Merrick, the facilities maintenance and operations director at BYU-Idaho, said his message was inspired by his teenage children and other youth he has worked with in the past. He hoped his messages would resonate with them.  

“I think in today’s world and society, we just need to be reassured that we have a purpose, our Heavenly Father loves us and cares about us and we can have courage to move forward in life,” Merrick said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio. 

BYU-Idaho Radio · January 24, 2023: Interview with Sam Merrick, BYU-Idaho's devotional speaker

In his talk, Merrick emphasized we each have a unique and divine purpose, not only as children of God, but as students at BYU-Idaho.  

“Why? You might ask, does God have a purpose for you here, because each one of you is cherished by him. Just like my business card indicates, our Heavenly Father has a role and a purpose for you while you are here. Your purpose in being here may be to build your testimony or prepare you and others for greater things to come. Your role in preparing others may be helping a classmate, roommate, coworker, or spouse recognize their value, potential, or even gain and grow a testimony already in existence,” he said. 

Merrick also shared experiences that taught him the importance of courage. During troubling times, we can find strength in trusting in the Lord and His plan for us, he said. 

“Courage can come in the form of moving forward through good situations or moving away from evil as the spirit directs,” Merrick said.  

To listen to Merrick’s full talk and our interview with him, visit: