PROVO — Individuals follow the Savior through emulating his example, said Sister Julie B. Beck during a BYU Management Utah Valley Chapter Christmas luncheon on Wednesday at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center building.
Beck, who serves as Relief Society general president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared "evidences" of people representing the Savior through acts of service throughout the world.
"The Lord said come and follow him, through his acts and his example," Beck said. "I have seen so much evidence in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of whom we are like."
Drawing from an experience she had while visiting the Holy Land last July, Beck told of an insight she received while travelling the windy, dusty and rocky road from Jerusalem to Jericho.
"We had been studying about the Savior's life for a number of days and as we traveled that road I looked at the rocks, and I looked at the terrain, and I started to picture the Savior of the world walking and trekking from Jerusalem to Jericho," she said. "I don't know how many times he did this, in sandaled feet, carrying water, making the effort to carry out his ministry. I saw something different in his service that I hadn't seen before. Since then, that memory has followed me as I have travelled around the world and have been to a lot of places."
Looking to the scriptures and experiences of members throughout the world, Beck shared examples of prophecy being fulfilled and examples of the service of the Savior. She spoke of the importance for individuals to emulate the Savior and serve others.
Drawing from King Benjamin's address in the Book of Mormon, Beck shared the example of "glad tidings of great joy" that came to the people as prophecy was fulfilled.
"(King Benjamin) went on to say that the Lord would send holy prophets to declare to every nation, tongue and people," she said. "We know this prophecy was fulfilled. King Benjamin was preparing his people for the Lord's coming. What we learn from the Lord and the restoration is that King Benjamin's words really happened. And, the Lord said come and follow him, through His acts and his example."
It is through that invitation to follow the Savior that individuals today are blessing and bringing great joy to the lives of others.
Beck shared video presentations showing the great things people do throughout the world.
One example she shared was of volunteers at a vineyard who drove hours to give of their time and work to help the poor and needy, and those who became victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Another example was service done through the welfare program of the church and the Perpetual Education Fund.
"These are examples of folks around the world who are doing what they are supposed to do," Beck said. "What we bring by way of hope and faith is truly remarkable. It is a blessing to me to see what we do to be the Lord's hands here on Earth."