On Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center, Darren Clark, an art professor, focused his devotional talk on making everyday sacrifices and seeing them as new opportunities rather than burdens.

He talked about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ — sharing when he visited the Americas in the Book of Mormon and announced the fulfillment of the law of Moses. Burnt offerings and blood sacrifices would no longer be necessary, but Christ did require a new sacrifice: a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

Clark gave a list of the sacrifices members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make and how sacrifice can help individuals attain a broken heart and a contrite spirit. From following commandments like keeping the Sabbath day holy to cleaning meetinghouses on Saturday mornings, sacrifices are pretty common, but, according to Clark, it’s not about what we do, it’s about how we sacrifce.

“If we look at this list — or a similar list of responsibilities — as things we must do, or things that we don’t want to do, but we will do anyway, then they can indeed feel like a burden,” Clark said. “However, if we look at these responsibilities as opportunities to serve, as opportunities to build Heavenly Father’s kingdom, as opportunities to feel closer to our Savior, then they help us develop Christlike attributes and the responsibility to sacrifice doesn’t feel burdensome at all.”

Clark shared stories and examples of sacrifice from general authorities, students who participated in the discussion board and from his own ancestors. Although each of the examples he used featured different aspects of sacrifice, they all highlighted that sacrifices can be blessings, if seen from a new perspective.

“I am eternally grateful to those who have made those seemingly impossible sacrifices, so that I, and my family, can live the beautiful and privileged life in the gospel that we enjoy today,” Clark said.

Clark ended his talk by mentioning Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice once more. He mentioned how willing Jesus Christ was to suffer despair, pain and other afflictions. In return, He asks that we make sacrifices of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Clark finished by inviting those in the congregation to have a new point of view on sacrifice.

“Brothers and sisters, please take time to learn of the sacrifices others have made on your behalf, ponder on those sacrifices and please be grateful for them,” Clark said. “Find it in your heart to make the personal sacrifices necessary to partake fully in the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”