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Students invited to trade talents

December 2, 2009

Writer: Writer: Lynsey Leiter

Students at Brigham Young University-Idaho were encouraged by Gary Cornia at Tuesday's devotional to trade their talents, and that by doing so, they will ultimately increase them. This idea paralled the New Testament in Matthew 25 on the importance of using resources wisely. Cornia is dean of the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


Cornia began his talk by reminding students and faculty of the sacrifice Jesus Christ has made for each of them. Cornia said, "He volunteered to pay the price.... He offered to give all of the credit to the Father. He offered to gain nothing from the trade." Cornia also reminded students that Christ's talent was to live a completely pure life, and He voluntarily gave his life so they could have eternity.


Cornia continued by listing four observations about "trading talents." First, he reminded students and faculty that they all have something to offer in a trade. Second, he warned students not to be selfish in their trades. Cornia emphasized: "We can't want something for nothing." Third, he told listeners that by helping others they can help themselves. "Helping others without expecting anything in return allows the trading of talents to proceed to a trade that benefits others and helps us become more Christlike." Cornia's fourth observation was that "[t]here will almost always be situations when we can help others."


In conclusion, Cornia warned students to remember that they shouldn't make trades for personal gain. He concluded, "Every day we live there will be opportunities to improve the world with our talents.