Kerry Huber, a faculty member of the Animal and Food Science department on campus, spoke to the student body about seeing through Satan’s temptations through the power of the Holy Ghost, in the June 23 weekly Devotional.
He began his talk by sharing the Book of Mormon story in Alma chapter 52. The chapter recounts how the Lamanites had gained a victory over the Nephites and had captured one of their cities. Teancum, one of the leaders of the Nephite army, was given commands to attack and take back the city. Upon investigating the strength of the Lamanites in the city, Teancum determined that it was impossible for his armies to overpower them.
Later, Moroni, the commander over all of the Nephite armies, joined up with Teancum to strengthen their numbers. In an attempt to battle on equal ground, they sent a message to the Lamanites to come out of the city and battle them. Having the advantage of a better defense inside the city, the Lamanites refused.
Knowing the characteristics of the Lamanites, that they were a ferocious people who enjoyed killing the Nephites, Teancum took a small number of his army and marched past the city to lure the Lamanites outside. Just as they had assumed, the Lamanites saw the small army and chased after them figuring it would be an easy win.
Doing so, however, enabled Moroni to send his part of the army into the city where they successfully defeated the Lamanites and took back the city.
Huber related this event to lives of students. Just like the Lamanites became distracted and let down their guard, students too can be distracted by the enemy, Satan.
Huber said that just as the Nephites used their knowledge of the Lamanites strengths and weaknesses, Satan also knows us, and he uses that knowledge to gain advantages over us.
Huber said that it is through the power of the Holy Ghost that students can see through Satan’s distractions.
Sharing the words of Elder Keith. K. Hilbig of the Seventy, Huber said, “If you set your personal contribution high, you will reap an abundant harvest from the Spirit. The payment I reference is … a greater commitment to and involvement in personal spiritual endeavors and behaviors. We determine the level of our current personal contribution … Would you consider investing more of your time in the things of eternity in order to merit the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and to benefit more fully from His influence?”
Huber said that the things students need to invest more time in are the things they already know, reading scriptures, temple attendance, keeping the Sabbath day holy and other daily habits that strengthen a connection with the Spirit.
“I bear witness that the ultimate role of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and of the Son and to gather all to Christ, as many as will hearken to His voice,” Huber said in closing. “That in a future day we might all be brought back into the presence of our Heavenly Father. I personally know that as we are wise and choose to take the Holy Spirit as our guide, that we will not only abide that great and dreadful day of the Lord, but also each and every day of our mortal lives. As we do so, I testify that our gospel stronghold in this life will be built upon the sure foundation, even that of Jesus Christ, whereupon if men build they cannot fall. May we all choose to make it so, in the name of Jesus Christ amen.”
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