Michael T. Nelson, the second counselor of the Young Men General Presidency, gave the Tuesday Devotional in the BYU-Idaho Center.

Devotional was conducted by President Alvin F. Meredith III along with an announcement and reminder to attend Date Night on Wednesday.

“This will be the biggest group date you have ever been on and we want everyone to have a chance to join,” President Meredith said.

The opening song was “Hark All Ye Nations,” followed by an opening prayer and this week’s scripture; Ether 12:4. A special musical number was then performed by Bellavocha, “Praise to the Lord Almighty.”

Michael T. Nelson, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, speaks in devotional at BYU-Idaho.

Michael T. Nelson, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, speaks in devotional at BYU-Idaho. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho photo by Michael Lewis

Elder Nelson reviewed multiple points of how students on campus can become better disciples of Jesus Christ through learning; one being music.

“How can we just learn something that would carry us forward into the doing and less of the speaking?” Elder Nelson said. “To my mind came the thought, pure truth accompanied by uplifting and inspired music.”

Elder Nelson went on to teach about how Heavenly Father teaches us through music and song, giving General Conference as an example.

Michael T. Nelson, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, speaks in devotional at BYU-Idaho.

Michael T. Nelson, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, speaks in devotional at BYU-Idaho. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho photo by Michael Lewis

“Heavenly Father knows the choices we will make and who we will become, but he doesn’t determine or dictate them for us,” Elder Nelson said.

He continued to speak on teaching and learning in the spirit world. This helps what we are being taught on earth to have “a familiar ring.”

The rest of Elder Nelson’s address can be found here.

Devotional is held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. on BYU-I campus in the BYU-Idaho Center. The devotional is also broadcast online and transcribed following the recording. Live streams are available through BYU-I Radio and ASL Devotional.

BYU-I’s next devotional will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. The devotional will be given by Kerry Powell, a faculty member in the Department of Animal and Food Science.