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Being fulfilled in Christ

Young Men leader speaks at BYU-Idaho

Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, spoke on being fulfilled in Christ at a Brigham Young University-Idaho campus devotional on Jan. 28.

Brother David L. Beck and his wife, Sister Robyn Beck, greet students after a devotional in the BYU-Idaho Center on Jan. 28.
Brother David L. Beck and his wife, Sister Robyn Beck, greet students after a devotional in the BYU-Idaho Center on Jan. 28. Photo: Michael Lewis, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brother Beck began his address by comparing the world’s standard and the gospel of Jesus Christ’s standard and taught how to obtain fulfillment in life.

“Last year alone, U.S. companies spent nearly $500 billion advertising a variety of products and services that promise to make you happy,” Brother Beck said. “Your lives are saturated with messages about how you should look, what you should wear and who you should be.

“The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches just the opposite. To find yourself, the Savior taught, you must lose yourself (Matthew 16:25). Fulfillment is found not in materialism or self-gratification but in sacrifice and service in a great cause.”

Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, speaks at BYU-Idaho devotional. Here, his son, Brandon Beck, joins him at the podium.
Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, speaks at BYU-Idaho devotional. Here, his son, Brandon Beck, joins him at the podium. Photo: Ryan Chase, Brigham Young University-Idaho,

Brother Beck said true fulfillment is “to gain eternal life [and] to be with our family in the presence of Heavenly Father.”

Men's Choir performs for a devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center on Jan. 28.
Men's Choir performs for a devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center on Jan. 28. Photo: Michael Lewis, Brigham Young University-Idaho

One way to be fulfilled in Christ is to come unto Christ, Brother Beck said. Drawing from the Book of Mormon, he read Moroni 10:32 to explain the principle of coming unto Christ. Making covenants and sacrificing are other ways to be fulfilled in Christ.

“Christ’s life was fulfilled by His sacrifice, and so is ours,” said Brother Beck. “Those for whom the Savior sacrificed are the precious fruit of His life. He will cause us to be fruitful when we do the same.”

Brother Beck drew attention to Moroni’s warning to “deny yourselves of all ungodliness.”

“It includes the toxic ungodliness of pornography, it can be idleness, mediocrity and being distracted from our important duties,” he said. “Today’s world is saturated with ungodliness. To be fruitful, to find true fulfillment, we must be willing to sacrifice anything in our lives that is ungodly.”

Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, speaks at BYU-Idaho devotional.
Brother David L. Beck, Young Men general president, speaks at BYU-Idaho devotional. Photo: Ryan Chase, Brigham Young University-idaho

Service is another way to become fulfilled in Christ, he said. When service is done with full capacity people can identify and develop spiritual gifts to be used to serve others.

“When you love God, Church callings, home and visiting teaching, and other assignments are not burdens but opportunities to express the love you feel,” Brother Beck said.

Using Joseph Smith’s experience as an example of Christ’s grace, Brother Beck spoke of how Joseph “frequently fell into many foolish errors and often felt condemned for his weakness and imperfections.” He also pointed out that Joseph “repented of his sins and served and sacrificed throughout the remainder of his life.”

Brother David L. Beck and his wife, Sister Robyn Beck, greet students after devotional in the BYU-Idaho Center on Jan. 28.
Brother David L. Beck and his wife, Sister Robyn Beck, greet students after devotional in the BYU-Idaho Center on Jan. 28. Photo: Michael Lewis, Brigham Young University-Idaho

“We all have challenges and adversity in the journey of life,” he said. “You will make mistakes and feel unworthy. … No matter what you have done, He has a work for you. He needs you to help Him complete the work He called the Prophet Joseph to do.”

By being connected with Christ, individuals are able to do anything He asks them to do.