Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed 1,280 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's largest Fall Commencement ever, held Dec. 19.

Elder Scott compared graduation to the launching of a spacecraft, describing the moment of takeoff as a culmination of much planning, training and hard work. He said that preparation begins a journey that places crews in position to fulfill important and honorable assignments.

"In recent weeks you have been experiencing a similar countdown to a very real launching into the orbit of life, where you have substantially increased control of your destiny," Elder Scott said. "Your parents, loved ones, university professors and priesthood leaders have performed support functions similar to those of the gantry crane. For the obedient, the Holy Spirit has provided direction from the Lord as from a divine control center."

Elder Scott then encouraged students to continue living righteously so they can stay in contact with "the control center" and enjoy the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout their journey.

After completing his analogy, Elder Scott shared twelve "simple yet profound" suggestions that have brought happiness and success to him and his wife. His suggestions included "exercise faith in Jesus Christ," "have an attitude of continuing happiness," "be honest and loyal," and "serve others."

BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark also addressed the graduates, presenting three principles to help them on their future journey. First, he admonished students to "keep the Spirit with [them]." Second, "serve the Lord;" and finally, "don't let the world get into your heart."