Devotional preview: Happiness and peace

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The Sabins will give their devotional at the I-Center for the second week of November. Photo credit: BYU-Idaho

On Nov. 9, Elder Gary B. Sabin and his wife Valerie Sabin will give a devotional address titled “Principles of Peace and Happiness.”

Elder Sabin was born in Provo, Utah, and holds a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He was founder and CEO of several commercial real estate companies and also founded The Sabin Children’s Foundation. He was called to serve as General Authority Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016.

Valerie Sabin grew up in Provo, Utah. She served a mission in Taiwan, after which she graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has five children with Elder Sabin.

The Sabins asked the BYU-Idaho devotional discussion board three questions:

— When do you feel joy and are most happy?

— What are the contributing factors to this?

— What do you want most out of your life and how is your experience at BYU-Idaho helping you achieve this?

“I feel joy and am most happy when I am with my family,” Sara Smith, a BYU-I student, wrote on the discussion board. “Sometimes it is while we are doing something meaningful, but we can just be together laughing or playing as well. During these times, I will sometimes get an overwhelming feeling of love for them.”

Spending time with family was a common response. Other students mentioned experiencing joy when they feel the Spirit.

“I feel joy when I have the Holy Ghost as a companion and feel the Savior near,” said Sara Mack, another BYU-I student and discussion board participant.