Jeffery Bunker, associate executive director of Student Academic and Advisement Services, delivered the Devotional address Tuesday in the Marriott Center. Bunker talked about how our destiny, as grand as it may be, begins with the tiniest of individual thoughts and how today is the day to start to change your thoughts – and your life – forever.
"These little things we call thoughts accompany us throughout almost every moment of every day of our entire life," Bunker said. "Thoughts must be consciously and carefully monitored and directed so the acts, habits and character that surely follow them, are consistent with the commandments of God and lead to the destiny that is inherently ours."
Bunker gave the audience what he called the five “R”s, which are ways to replace negative or inappropriate thoughts with pure and positive ones:
- Recognize when a thought is inappropriate, unworthy, or unwanted.
- Remove the thought as quickly as you recognize it.
- Replace the thought with something pure, positive, or productive.
- Repent – immediately when necessary.
- Repeat the process as often as required, for as long as required.
Bunker said that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ their hearts can be changed and they can become like Christ.
"Through constant effort and by the Grace of Christ, you may control your thoughts by removing inappropriate or unwanted ones and replacing them with thoughts that are virtuous, lovely, or of good report," he said. "Perhaps today is your day to start – to change your thoughts and your life – for good and forever."
If you missed Bunker's remarks, the Devotional can be streamed on demand on BYUtv.org and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
Next Week: Unforum
The BYU Unforum, with performances from Living Legends, Divine Comedy, the Dunk Team and Noteworthy, will be held on Tuesday, April 12, at 11:05 a.m., in the Marriott Center. It will not be broadcast on BYUtv.