President Clark G. and Sister Christine Gilbert gave the opening devotional of Winter Semester 2016. They discussed finding happiness in marriage and in raising a family.
“Since our call to BYU-Idaho, emphasizing the family has been a priority in our ministry with the students,” Sister Gilbert said.
President and Sister Gilbert said they wanted the student body to know the Gilbert family is not perfect, but that they understand that the marriage covenant is something the Lord expects of all of His children.
“You know, we are in a season in our society where the family is under attack,” President Gilbert said in the “Meet the Gilberts” video, which was shown at the devotional. “The world is sending mixed signals. It’s sending mistruths. And in the middle of that, we come with truth and light here in the restored gospel.”
They quoted several paragraphs from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” but mostly focused on a part in the seventh paragraph.
“Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ,” according to the proclamation.
President Gilbert expressed his love for his wife when discussing the importance of motherhood.
“I love being married to Christine Gilbert,” President Gilbert said. “I am a different man today because of our marriage more than 20 years ago. Marriage has changed who I am, and it changes all of us into who the Lord wants us to become.”
While sharing another personal experience, President Gilbert cautioned the female students of BYU-I.
“Never let your future career or anything else deceive you about your divine role as a mother,” President Gilbert said.
Sister Gilbert also cautioned the male students of BYU-I.
“To all of our future fathers, know that your family is counting on you,” Sister Gilbert said.
President and Sister Gilbert said students should not worry about being a perfect parent.
“You don’t have to be perfect as a parent,” President Gilbert said. “You simply have to do your best and ask the Lord to make up the difference. For those of you who have had feelings about whether you can make it as a parent or a husband or as a wife, we want you to know that you can. You don’t have to be perfect. The Lord will bless you. He will strengthen you, and he will magnify you.”
As they closed the devotional, President and Sister Gilbert had one final message for the students.
“We want to express our confidence in all of you in your ability to one day lead and guide a future marriage and family,” President Gilbert said.