During the BYU-Idaho Devotional on June 20, 2017, Sister Carma Miller spoke with students about the importance of stories and finding their own BYU-Idaho story.
Sister Miller is one of the Associate Deans of Faculty Development and a faculty member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her talk was titled, "BYU-Idaho Stories."
In an interview, Sister Miller said she chose this topic because of her love for stories and storytelling.
"I've always been intrigued by the stories that people tell me about how they came here," said Sister Miller. "A lot of times it was not what they had planned, something they hadn't expected to be doing all of their life, and so coming here feels like it was meant to be, it feels like they were led here."
Sister Miller began her devotional address by talking about how stories have an importance in many cultures and how they can bind us together.
"With the explosion of social media, we now rely on the Internet for much of our knowledge," said Sister Miller. "But the richness of personal stories have been told in journals, at family gatherings, and even at bedtime."
She continued by talking about how stories can bless us and our posterity if we listen to others stories and tell and write our own stories.
"Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the master storyteller who used parables to teach gospel truths," said Sister Miller. "It is important to listen to stories and we need to tell and write our own stories. In the midst of all the noise of our modern world, stories continue to root us to our past, and help us define our future."
Sister Miller told a few stories of BYU-Idaho students who, although didn't necessarily plan to attend, were grateful for their experiences at the university. She also told the story of Jacob Spori, who was a huge contributor in beginning Rick's College and helping shape what the school is today.
Sister Miller quoted Jacob Spori who said 128 years ago, "The seeds we are planting today will grow and become mighty oaks, and their branches will run all over the earth."
Toward the end of her address, Sister Miller invited students to think of their own BYU-Idaho story and what they would tell their children and grandchildren in the future. She concluded with her testimony.
"I bear testimony that your life, and your purpose in being here at BYU-Idaho, is not just a series of coincidences," said Sister Miller. "You are here for a purpose. Knowing your own story will bless your life and the lives of others."
Click below to hear Sister Miller's full devotional address