Each person should strive to discover truth, grow in learning and understanding and become a "willing witness of the Savior."
This is the message Sister Liz Darger, Senior Associate Athletic Director at BYU and a member of the Young Women general board, shared in her devotional address to LDS Business College students and faculty in the Assembly Hall at Temple Square on Tuesday, June 18.
Sister Darger recently traveled to China with BYU performing groups to celebrate 40 years of friendship between BYU and China. While in China, she was able to see the archeological discovery of the Terracotta Warriors. Farmers came across a 2000-year-old soldier statue in 1974 while digging a well, Sister Darger said. This lead archeologists to uncover a 2000-year-old Terracotta Army of more than 8,000 life-size statues. Because they shared their discovery it led to “growth of historical knowledge.”
As another example of discovery, Sister Darger recounted the story found in John 4 — the Samaritan woman at the well. In the story, Jesus came to a Samaritan woman getting water from a well. The woman asked the Savior many questions. What began as an unexpected discovery of a preacher developed into an “intentional search for truth, light and knowledge that she embraced.”
By asking sincere questions of Him, she grew in light and knowledge; and she chose to become a witness of Him.Sister Liz Darger
The Samaritan woman was able to gain answers and discover truth for herself because of her "ability to feel, hear and understand the whisperings of the Spirit," Sister Darger said, quoting Sheri Dew, former member of the Relief Society general presidency.
“The Samaritan woman could have kept her discovery of the Savior to herself. She was likely well aware that she didn’t fit the traditional mold of a witness and that many would not believe her. But she bravely testified anyway. Her testifying and inviting them to 'come and see' for themselves caused some to believe on her words, and others to believe after following her invitation to go and see for themselves. The Samaritan Woman bearing witness resulted in many more receiving the light and knowledge of the Savior.”
Some discoveries are made unexpectedly, like the Chinese farmers, and some are made through intentional search, like the Samaritan woman asking sincere questions of the Savior, she said. "Whatever the origin of a discovery of truth and light, what is most important is what we do with that discovery. Do we selfishly keep it to ourselves? Do we hide it under a bushel? Or do we willingly and courageously witness of truth and light? Do we generously share it with others, so that they may also benefit?”
Sister Darger quoted Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, from a BYU Women’s Conference address in which Sister Bingham said she didn’t feel like she had any particular talents or abilities.
“I was just average," Sister Bingham said. "And yet, even in my ‘ordinariness,’ Heavenly Father saw value and has helped me begin to develop the gifts and graces He knows will help me become all that He has designed me to be.”
After just starting her doctoral degree and amongst her plate being "already full to the brim," Sister Darger was called to serve on the Young Women general board. And, naturally, she was feeling overwhelmed. “As I have put my trust in the Lord, He has blessed me with increased capacity and has magnified my best efforts, however meager they sometimes feel.”
When each person happens upon or strives to discover truth and grows through knowledge and by the Spirit, each person can become a conduit for the Savior's light, she said.
Quoting Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, Sister Darger said: "The most effective way to share the gospel is to live it, when we live like a disciple of Christ should live. When we aren't just good, but happy to be good, others will be drawn to us. They will be drawn to the true and everlasting light of the Savior."