BYU Devotional: Standards essential in life

BYU professor Paul Farnsworth said setting careful standards for ourselves is just as essential as making sure a high-tech instrument that measures trace amounts of chemicals is calibrated correctly.

Farnsworth, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, explained in Tuesday’s Devotional that for an Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS) tool to work, careful preparation must be made to ensure the proper standards for measurement are established. Without these, the tool is useless.

“We make frequent reference to standards in the church, and like the analytical chemist, we must choose our standards carefully,” Farnsworth said. “Instead of using them to measure concentrations, we use them to gauge our moral and spiritual progress.”

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