Mari Romney | University Communications | 19 September 2013
Elder Larry W. Gibbons, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, gave a Devotional talk entitled “Are You in Control?” on Tuesday, September 17, in the Cannon Activities Center at BYU–Hawaii. Focusing on doctrine, principles and application, Elder Gibbons outlined his counsel related to the importance of self-control.
He started his talk by turning to the scriptures for the doctrine behind self-control. “We are taught … that ‘God gave unto man that he should act for himself,’” he said. “Our Heavenly Father gave us our agency—the right and ability to make our own choices.” Because of this agency, stressed Elder Gibbons, we need to learn self-control in order to make good choices, to act and not be acted upon.