Vaughn Stephenson, a humanities and philosophies faculty member, addressed students about the true meaning of reverence on August 9.
Stephenson recounted his experience as a child in church when asked to fold his arms to show reverence. As a child, he thought reverence meant to be quiet and fold his arms.
“I think with very little effort we can realize that respect is a key, central component to reverence,” said Stephenson. “A reverent person is a respectful person.”
Stephenson referred to the teachings of Spencer W. Kimball for a definition of reverence. Reverence is a “feeling of or attitude of deep respect, love and awe as for something sacred,” according to Kimball.
Nolan Payne, a sophomore studying business management, said, “I thought it was really interesting the way he explained it as far as having that sense of awe and respect.”
While visiting France, Stephenson looked for a ward building to attend sacrament meeting in. He looked at a sign that read, “Joan of Arc Tower.”
Stephenson said at first he casually looked at the sign, but after reading it he felt a sense of awe because it represented the tower where the English imprisoned Joan of Arc.
Stephenson said if it were not for her leading the French to fight against Britain, the French may not have assisted the United States in the Revolutionary War, which would have directly affected the Restoration in 1820.
“It was really cool to have him tell that story and to think about it for myself and how I’ve already seen it,” Payne said.
Payne served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Korea.
He said when visiting Buddhist temples and historical sites that “it was that same kind of feeling — trying to be respectful, reverent and quiet, even if it was something not necessarily from our church.”