BYU devotional: A brave generation

It is time to be a brave generation, Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the Seventy said during the BYU devotional held in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus Nov. 3.

"You are in a wonderful time of your life and are learning so much," he told members of the assembly. "You are busy exploring possibilities and are gleaming with aspirations, illusions and dreams. You are at a point where you are making decisions that require you to be brave and to be bold. Your decisions are being recorded in your book of beginnings, in your stories without end."

Speaking of his own experiences, Elder Gonzalez shared anecdotes of making difficult decisions in his own life, and the effects those decisions have made. He spoke of when he joined the Church in Uruguay and how with that decision he often became a minority at home, at school and his geographical area.

"I mention this because it is inevitable that sooner or later you will be in the minority in standing for righteousness and in standing for the principles and doctrine of the Church," he said. "You may already know what that is all about. When that time comes — if it has not yet come — you will be strengthened by what you have learned."

Speaking of the blessings of gaining an education of both secular and spiritual things, Elder Gonzalez said that an education helps individuals in making key decisions in their lives. He spoke of the boldness that comes with gaining an education, and the faith that is needed and comes from preparation. Elder Gonzalez discussed three areas that will require boldness, especially when one is in the minority.

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