“What do you want?” was the question posed by Brother Adam Ririe in today’s BYU-Idaho Devotional.
Oftentimes in life, we let the things of the world become a distraction to us, especially in our highly digital society. But Brother Ririe asked everyone to consider what matters most and to home in on those desires.
“I’d invite you to spend some time considering what it is you really want. If you don’t know what you want, or if what you want isn’t what you should want, ask the Lord for help. Pray about your feelings and your experiences so that the Lord can help to educate and tutor your desires. Remember, the highest quality desires can provide the most joy, but almost always take time and patience to acquire,” Ririe said in devotional.
Brother Ririe also shared the story of Alma the Younger from The Book of Mormon, and how he decided to change his life. Brother Ririe expanded on these principles in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio. He said that making changes in our lives and figuring out what we want most can be small and simple things.
“Maybe you spend just a few more minutes studying the scriptures…looking at something The Church has produced,” Ririe said in the interview. “If you make those few tiny tweaks… The Lord will help you…and it’ll get easier over time.”
Brother Ririe also said that our digital society makes it harder not to get distracted by things in the world. He felt there are many students and people who focus too much on what people on social media think of them.
“You don’t have to keep up the desires…to be perceived a certain way by your friends,” Ririe said. “[What matters] is how you’re perceived by The Lord.”
On top of expanding on his devotional message in the interview, he talked about research he’s conducted to see how many students would come back to Rexburg, with or without in-person classes this fall.
So far, according to Ririe, most students would be willing to come back to Rexburg merely for social interaction and to see their friends again. He said we could see as many as 20,000 or more students in Rexburg this fall.