January 14, 2010
Writer: Writer: Lynsey Leiter
Stephen D. Nadauld, president of Dixie State College in Saint George, Utah, addressed Brigham Young University-Idaho students in a devotional Tuesday, teaching the importance of the gifts of agency and the Atonement. "You have been given two extraordinary and inestimable gifts that, if used wisely, will ensure the ultimate outcomes you seek," Nadauld said.
Speaking on the plan of happiness, Nadauld said, "Agency was not to be feared, but embraced. Mistakes made on earth could be forgiven and the punishments affixed would be paid for by the suffering and spilt blood of Jesus Christ, Savior, and Redeemer of all mankind."
Nadauld went on to assure students that God is most interested in the exercise of agency relative to knowing good from evil and, more importantly, doing good or evil. "You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices," Nadauld said.
Encouraging students to go forward with faith, not fear, Nadauld said, "The Father's greatest gift, the atoning sacrifice of His Son, allows us to use His first gift, that of agency with confidence."
In conclusion, Nadauld said, "Of all the wonderful and exravagent gifts that the Creator of the universe could give His children, He has chosen the two that He deems the most important - the gift of agency and the gift of the Atonement." Nadauld encouraged students to exercise the gift of agency in this life, and to ultimately choose God.