Skip to main content
Intellect

Our 'Book of Life' shares qualities with accountants' ledgers, says speaker

Just as accountants keep record books for businesses, a "Bookof Life" is being kept for each one of us, said Kevin D. Stocks, director ofthe School of Accountancy at the Marriott School of Management, duringTuesday's devotional.

"It is important to recognize that we are all, day by day,moment by moment, writing our Book of Life," Stocks said. "Although not writtenon paper, the entries in this book are just as real and will have an eternalimpact."

Stocks' devotional will be rebroadcast Sunday, March 16, onBYU-TV at 8 a.m., 4 and 10 p.m, and on KBYU at 6 and 11 a.m. A free recording of his talk is available at speeches.byu.edu; a printed version will be posted there later.

The Bible Dictionary describes a Book of Life as "the sumtotal of one's thoughts and actions - the record of his life."

"Each one of us has our own unique Book of Life. We need notcompare ourselves with others," Stocks said. "It is not a matter of beingcompared to others; it is a matter of what we do with what we have been given."

Stocks related the parable of the talents found in Matthewto the tendency people have to compare themselves to others. Because of ourdifferent life experiences, everyone's Book of Life will be different.

"As long as we do the best we can with whatever we are givenin this life, it will be accepted by our Heavenly Father," Stocks toldstudents.

The principle of balance is one accounting principle thatapplies to a Book of Life, Stocks said. Because of the atonement of JesusChrist, the debits and credits in our books will always be equal, even when ourtrials seem disproportionate to our obedience.

"Although we may not see it and we experience much pain andsuffering in the process, everything in our Book of Life is, when considered inthe eternal sense, in balance," Stocks explained.

As we write our Book of Life, Stocks said, we must rememberto maintain our spiritual "cash flow" through daily prayer, scripture study,and obedience. We must also review our spiritual income statement. Spiritualrevenues should be greater than spiritual expenses.

Each of us needs to maintain the assets found in the balancesheet of life. These assets include qualities such as faith, hope, charity,virtue, knowledge, and humility, Stocks said. If our book doesn't balance, wecan seek forgiveness through the blessings of the atonement.

"The Lord knows you individually and is watchingover you. He loves you and wants only the best for you," Stocks promisedstudents. "Each of us has a responsibility to live such that our Book of Lifereflects actions taken that permit us to return back to life with Him forever."

Writer: Alexis Plowman

stocks.jpg

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

400 million voting records show persistent gaps in voter turnout by race, age, and political affiliation

August 10, 2022
A new study from BYU and the University of Virginia analyzed 400 million voter records from elections in 2014 and 2016 and found that minority citizens, young people, and those who support the Democratic Party are much less likely to vote than whites, older citizens, and Republican Party supporters. Moreover, those in the former groups are also more likely to live in areas where their neighbors are less likely to vote.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

BYU students design affordable water filtration device to help provide clean water in Pakistan

August 02, 2022
A group of BYU engineering students decided to use their expertise to help with water quality challenges in Pakistan. The team of capstone students designed a prototype for an affordable, easy-to-use water filtration device that could easily be sourced and built in the Asian country of 220 million.


overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Forum: Something about mental health

July 26, 2022
Carl L. Hanson, BYU professor of public health, delivered Tuesday's forum address on campus. He discussed how we can obtain optimal mental health by better understanding it ourselves and being willing to be an advocate for others who struggle with mental illness.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=