BYU youth camps offer something extra: devotionals

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By Joshua White

When it comes to summer camps, many places offer a variety of activities and workshops well worth one’s time; however, BYU camps, such as Summer Scholars, include a bit such as campus and group devotionals.

Tuesday at BYU, about 400 youth participating in Summer Scholars, EFY, and numerous other programs had the opportunity to enjoy a level of spiritual edification available nowhere else. BYU President Cecil P. Samuelson, conducted a meeting featuring speaker Lee Kelly Ogden, a well-traveled man who has written many books about the Holy Land and a variety of gospel topics.

Ogden, professor of ancient scripture at BYU, talked about the importance of repentance, the most important gospel principle according to him. He said, “Must (repentance) be used in every subject in the church? Of course not… yet it towers above all others in urgency.”

He explained how repentance requires not just discontinuation of an action; rather, it involves a change of attitude and godly sorrow. If one hasn’t felt sorry, one hasn’t repented. He used as an example the story of Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon, who felt harrowed up and tortured by his sins. Ogden said you should feel godly sorrow now to ease suffering later.

Summer Scholars student Michael Mallory said, “I thought it was inspiring. He used a lot of good analogies.”

Harrison Froerer agreed. “His points about repentance are meaningful and instructive.”

Before Ogden’s talk, those in attendance were treated to a musical number “How Great Thou Art,” by two young women. The song set the stage perfectly by inviting the spirit and calming down the energetic teenagers.

Joshua White is a high school student participating in the BYU Summer Scholars program sponsored by the Department of Communications. Joshua is from Spokane, Wash.

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