Angela Watkins, a health recreation and human performance faculty member, spoke at devotional about looking back to ancestors and looking up to God.
Watkins related a story of an evening seven months ago when her son was set apart for his mission. She said the stake president visited the family and asked for the people in the room to share advice for Watkins’ son. Watkins shared some words from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, but faith looks up,” Emerson said.
Telling of her experience participating in a pioneer trek, Watkins described the women’s pull. She said she shared the back of the handcart with one young woman and two others in the front pulling the handcart. She said the men were not allowed to help the women in any way as they progressed up the steep hill.
“What got me up that hill was looking back,” Watkins said. “I don’t mean looking back at the sisters in handcarts behind me, but looking back and thinking about my pioneer ancestors.”
Natalie Nielson, a sophomore majoring in general studies, said she enjoyed the advice given about hope.
“I think my favorite part about it was that not only did she offer hope and advice for when we are struggling, but also giving us a responsibility to help each other,” Nielson said.
Watkins shared Doctrine and Covenants 84:88, and she said this scripture can remind people that they are not alone.
“While it may sometimes feel like we are upside-down and backward, frightened and struggling to make it through life, this scripture reassures us that we are not alone and prompts us to look around for help,” Watkins said.