Pres. Clark instills service


President Kim B. Clark followed a prompting from the Spirit when he encouraged students to love and serve one another, according to an date on the President of BYU-Idaho’s Facebook page.

“I know there is someone out there who needs sport and help and will get it because someone else accepts that invitation and acts on it. It is that important,” President Clark wrote in the Facebook post.

According to a talk titled, Unselfish Service, given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, our Savior teaches us that we should follow Him by making the sacrifices necessary to lose ourselves in unselfish service to others.

“People need your help all the time,” said Brianne Cannon, a sophomore studying photography.

Cannon said a lot of people struggle with asking for help, but they really appreciate it when someone can be there.

Marisa Reeves, a junior studying communication, said her roommate took care of her while she was sick, which made her feel like she could get through the sickness.

Reeves said it made her feel like people care about her.

In the talk, “Faces and Attitudes,” President Thomas S. Monson said, “Perhaps when we (face) our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold?’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’ … You can never love the Lord until you serve him by serving his people.”

Brianna Geddie, a senior studying child development, said people today are failing to reach out to others.

“Our society is becoming more and more individualistic,” she said. “People need to think about others and create blessings in their lives.”

Cannon said she had an impression to help a young man in her ward, Stephen Hulbert, a senior studying geology, but she did not know how. He ended being in her Home Evening gro and they were able to give advice to one another.

Hulbert said it is the little things people do, such as sacrificing time, that make him feel loved. He said he really appreciates Cannon’s service for him.

He said he didn’t realize that he had an impact on others.

“Marriage is all about serving each other,” Geddie said.

She serves her husband by making him dinner, cleaning the house, and leaving notes for him to let him know how much she cares.

“I know when I do those things, it makes our lives a hundred times better, and we feel a stronger influence of the Spirit,” she said.

Hulbert said his dad always told him to look for the lonely. He said that every day in his personal prayers he prays to be a blessing in someone’s life, and always gets the opportunity.

President Kim B. Clark said in his Facebook post that he knows that the invitation he extended came from heaven.

“When you have an impression to serve, the people really do need it. Even if they don’t accept the help, they appreciate the gesture,” Cannon said.

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