By Stacy Johnson
The Interstake Center was full to capacity on Sunday night March 30 as more than 1,800 young single adults from five stakes gathered to listen to Area Authority Jim Wright and his wife, Christina, speaking of the importance of covenants and ordinances.
The Wrights’ young single adult children, Bethany and Jack, both members of the First Ward, Mesa YSA West Stake, spoke as well. Bethany bore witness, “When we keep our covenants, we are reminded of God’s love for us.” Jack affirmed, “We can maintain a happy life by keeping our covenants.”
Cade Alexander, of Mountain View Ward, Mesa YSA East Stake, appreciated the message from Bethany’s talk. Cade referred to an analogy she used of life being a wrestling match where someone in the 200-pound weight class wouldn’t go against someone weighing 350 pounds, saying, “God never gives us a challenge outside our weight class.”
Sister Wright’s words built upon her children’s by focusing on the reasons for making and keeping sacred covenants, including protection from the adversary, to show love to Heavenly Father and because they are credentials for admittance into the Lord’s kingdom.
Sister Wright shared her love of Dots candy and how she frequently shares the green, yellow, and orange ones, “… but you have to be pretty special for me to share my pink and red ones.” Just like full obedience to the Lord requires heart and will, we must “offer Him our pink and red Dots,” she said.
Elder Wright discussed ways the young single adults could prepare themselves to make important life decisions regarding mission service, education, employment and family. He encouraged them, among other things, to remember to view this life through the lens of the Plan of Happiness and to know God and love Him.
Elder Wright shared many scriptures to show the direct relation between keeping the commandments and being happy. Elder Wright reminded them, “The temple is a place to make and keep covenants and rekindle our earthly perspective.”
He instructed, “Do all you can to be converted to the gospel. Being converted is to change your heart to the will of God.”
Marie Thorsen, of Lehi Ward, Mesa YSA West Stake, adds, “I really enjoyed Brother and Sister Wright’s talks on covenant keeping. Not only did they stress the importance of keeping covenants but also the role that plays in acquiring happiness. You could tell they knew the audience they were addressing and it [also] was great to hear from someone your own age going through the struggles of being a YSA right now.”
Elder Wright shared hope and encouragement with those attending when he closed his talk and summed up the evening, saying, “May we be ready for what the Lord has in store for us.”