The Disciple-Leader Conference is making its comeback at BYU-Idaho on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $3 online and $4 at the door.
Lance Sayers, the mentor coordinator for the Disciple-Leader Conference and a sophomore studying political science, said the conference is a recurring event that started in 2013.
Sayers said this semester is his third time helping with the conference. He said that between 700 and 900 students attend each semester.
“The theme of this semester’s conference is ‘In His strength, I can,’” Sayers said. “It was important finding a topic that was centered around Christ but left open enough that it could apply to any point in your life.”
Sayers said the main goal of the conference is to make a difference in the lives of students after they graduate.
Sayers said students at BYU-I are surrounded by the influence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said students have weekly church meetings, weekly devotionals, neighbors who are members of the Church and prayers at the beginning of each class.
“When you leave campus, you’re going to be a lot more on your own,” Sayers said. “You might be the only member of the Church in your community. It’s going to be up to you to grow your own faith.”
President Clark G. Gilbert will be the keynote speaker, according to the Disciple-Leader Conference web page.
“I’m looking forward to President Gilbert coming and speaking,” Sayers said. “Every time I have heard him speak, it has always been incredible. It’s a great opportunity to realize what you can do better by listening and receiving guidance from him.”
Rex Butterfield, a faculty member in the Department of Religious Education, will also be speaking at the conference.
Butterfield said he plans to speak about the scripture Doctrine and Covenants 10:4, which warns men not to run faster than they have strength.
Butterfield said students should learn to save guilt for sin.
“There’s too much unnecessary guilt in the world,” Butterfield said. “Sometimes we expect more of ourselves than the Lord expects of us. We run as fast as we can but as slow as we must.”
Butterfield said this conference will help students develop charisma-type leadership.
Sayers said volunteering with this conference has allowed him to get involved in a way that makes him feel like he is back on his mission again.
“The conference allows me to focus on Christ,” Sayers said. “It’s helping me to grow spiritually in ways that I couldn’t do in the classroom. It has given me a purpose.”
Sayers said he hopes students will be able to grow from the conference and develop their own goals that will help them develop a stronger testimony after leaving BYU-I.
“We want to help people to feel comfortable,” Sayers said. “We want them to feel like they’re growing in faith. We want them to realize their potential, and we want them to become legendary.”