Melissa Everett, an online instructor manager at BYU-Idaho, will give her devotional address, “Succored by the Lord,” on Nov. 2.
According to her BYU-I biography, Everett grew up in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. After spending time as a foreign exchange student in Italy, she returned as a missionary in Milan. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from BYU in the field of health promotion.
Since 2016, she has worked full-time as an online instructor manager and previously taught classes relating to nutrition, health and university skills. Everett and her husband, Brent, live in Utah with their three children.
On the BYU-I online discussion board, Everett asked students to share their favorite hymns and describe how they have been meaningful during difficult times.
Sara Smith, a student on the discussion board, shared two of her favorite hymns and explained how they have helped her feel peace.
“‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Abide With Me’ are the songs I picked,” Smith said. “I find when I am struggling or hurting or even as I fall asleep at night, that my mind goes to the words of ‘How Great Thou Art.’ The words and the music give me peace and hope. They help me realize that this is just a small moment in my life and things will and can get better. Usually, the next day is always better.”
Doris Okolocha also shared her favorite hymns and explained how they help her during challenges.
“‘Peace in Christ’ is one of my favorite songs,” Okolocha said. “It gives me hope that I am not alone when challenges and trials come. There’s no other place I can find Peace but in Christ. Another one is ‘Count your blessings.’ When I began to feel and think like a human being, this song reminds me that He had done it before and will still do it again. When my heart is very heavy, I use ‘Child’s Prayer’ to assure myself that I am His child. ”
Devotional will be at 11:30 a.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. The livestream can be viewed here and will also be shown in the Taylor Chapel.