You Really Can Make a Big Difference
February 2019

“You Really Can Make a Big Difference,” Liahona, February 2019

You Really Can Make a Big Difference

From a devotional address, “… But As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord,” given at Brigham Young University–Idaho on May 16, 2017.

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I would like to tell you that the heroes and heroines of the present are here. And they are you. I am sure that the fiber, the drive needed to make a difference and generate what is called the power of one, the power to act, the power to speak up, based on the knowledge of the gospel, and thus generate a change, is here; it is within you.

Are not we all heroes of our premortal life? We all opposed Lucifer and his plan. We were born winners, and we are on the team that will win the battle. Now, with the knowledge we have, we must make the decision to rise above our own weaknesses and move forward with our eyes on the One who saves us.

Do not choose the path of mediocrity, which comes with complacency and apathy. Be determined to be different; exercise the power that is in you, and make a difference.

There are many noble causes to fight for. Be one of those who paves the road and makes a difference. Remember, you are a winner, born a winner. You really can make a big difference.

Choose a noble cause for the Lord for which to fight, and apply your energy. There are people to help, hands to lift, weakened knees to strengthen, prisoners to visit and rescue, hungry to feed, naked to clothe, and sick to heal. Raise your voice. Be true to yourselves and loyal to your mission.

“Ye are the ‘hope of Israel.’ The heavens are watching you, and the earth is waiting for you.”1

Establish your personal covenant with Him, our Savior, and say, “For me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). And doing so, others also will be blessed.


  1. Orson F. Whitney, Contributor, July 1888, 301.