Weekly devotionals are an important part of the BYU-Idaho experience, according to the university website.
“Devotionals are special worship services and an important setting for studying the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel,” according to the website.
Students and faculty are encouraged to come to devotional prepared to learn. They can do this by reading the scriptures that are to be cited and taught at the coming week’s devotional. The scriptures can be found on the BYU-I website.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best clothing to invite a spirit of learning and understanding, according to the BYU-I website.
Students can be spiritually lifted not only by attending devotional, but also by being involved with devotional as a volunteer, according to the BYU-I website.
Anika Dougherty, an alumna who studied humanities, was an usher at devotional for three semesters.
“It’s fun, and it’s a really easy way to serve,” Dougherty said.
Doughtery said that she became an usher for devotional in her fourth semester and that it helped her prepare to learn.
“In order to be an usher you have to dress [and] be more serious. Constantly welcoming people makes you excited — makes you want to learn what is going to be taught,” Dougherty said.
Bringing a set of scriptures to devotional will show that students are ready to be taught and will help all in attendance be lifted, according to the BYU-I website.
Jenna Davis, a junior studying vocal performance, said she has been able to sing in devotional as a member of Collegiate Singers.
“It’s a good opportunity to share my testimony with the student body every once and a while,” Davis said. “I feel like I share my testimony through music better than my words.”
By participating in devotional, Davis said she not only gets to lift others, but is also lifted herself.
Davis said when a choir sings in devotional, they meet together an hour before devotional to practice and talk about how they can convey their testimonies and message through the song.
Davis said the hour of preparation helps her to prepare for devotional and prepare to be taught and feel the Spirit.
Dougherty said she had been involved in other activities on campus and enjoys the benefits of being involved in devotional as well.
“Its just a really simple, really easy thing to do that’s really fun. It’s totally worth your time,” Dougherty said.
Students interested in ushering at devotional can visit www.byui.edu/event-services/devotional-ushering.