President Clark G. Gilbert taught students to overcome trials in his second Student Q&A Forum June 11 in the John Taylor Building chapel.
Tori Sheets, a junior studying social work, asked President Gilbert how to overcome feeling inadequate in a busy and scary world.
“I will give you some counsel from Paul Gilbert, who is my father,” President Gilbert said. “We have a family motto which is, ‘Do Your Best.’ I believe as long as you are doing your best, the Lord will always pick you up and make up the difference.”
President Gilbert said if students are doing their best and are praying for the Lord’s help, they can relax.
“The Lord will bless us when we do our part,” President Gilbert said.
He said students should breathe a little easier because they know the Lord wants them to do well.
“You don’t have to try to be better,” President Gilbert said. “When you do your best, you are always trying to improve yourself. There are too many people who are just satisfied where they are.”
President Gilbert said that when students do their best, the Atonement will cause a change in the individuals and they will reach higher potential.
“This means that we aren’t perfect in every way,” President Gilbert said.
President Gilbert said if students wait until everything is perfect, the Lord would not be able to do everything He has in mind for them.
Richelle Turner, a sophomore studying communication, asked President Gilbert how to make students feel that they are not a burden by going to others with their own problems and situations.
“You are not a burden,” President Gilbert said.
He said the principle of self-reliance can lead to two mistakes.
“You can make a mistake by feeling entitled, where you demand and expect things, or you can make the mistake by not asking for help,” President Gilbert said. “I think we need to realize there are lots of people who are here that want to help and that need help.”
President Gilbert said students should reach out and overcome the fear of being a burden, because they are not a burden to anyone.
“There are two things that I would suggest,” President Gilbert said. “Be a great student. Be a steward over your experience here in a way that matters. You have such an opportunity and so many people who would love to be where you are, and the second is to reach out and lift other people. Part of being a student at BYU-Idaho is that you are helped by others and then turn around and help others.”
President Gilbert said great leaders understand where they are going and that they should never get tired of their core message.
“As far as our vision or goals as a university, we are on a great path already, with such a remarkable faculty,” he said. “Part of what we need to do is to continue on a steady upward course, like the stair-step structure of the Taylor Chapel. I think of this as a great visual symbol of this steady upward course. At our heart, we are developing disciple leaders. As we grow as a university, I hope we never lose that core purpose of building disciple leaders of Jesus Christ.”
President Gilbert said he hopes the students’ time at BYU-I will make a difference in their lives.
“I hope you understand what a special place this university is,” President Gilbert said. “I hope you know what it means to be here and that you will use your time here well.”