Psychology faculty member teaches of gospel conversion at devotional

Samuel Clay, a faculty member in the Psychology Department, gave a talk called “Nurturing Each Other Along the Path of Perfection” for devotional Oct. 6.

Clay quoted President Gordon B. Hinckley at the beginning of his talk.

“Bring people into the Church,” President Hinckley said. “Bring them in with love. Bring them in with kindness. Bring them in with the example of your lives. So live the gospel that they will see in you something of wonder and beauty and be encouraged to inquire, study the gospel, and join the Church.”

Clay said that it may take time to be fully converted in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that it is possible.

Clay said service is the true way to gospel conversion.

Clay used Mosiah 2:17 to demonstrate this point: “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

He said there are several things we need to do to be converted in the gospel.

“I testify that we need each other, that we need responsibilities, that we need to be nurtured with the good word of God as President Hinckley taught and most importantly, we need the Savior’s Atonement while we deal with life’s challenges as we seek to become more like the Savior and our Heavenly Father,” Clay said.

Clay said we must also become high yield and low-maintenance when dealing with the world outside and inside of the Church.

“The implication of this challenge to become high yield, low maintenance, is that people can change,” Clay said. “When all is said and done, changing and helping each other improve so that we can build Zion is what this work is all about.”

Clay said even though there will be opposition in changing, it is possible through the Lord.

“I testify that the Lord is involved in the very details of our lives,” Clay said.

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