"...a person is never assured of being saved..."
REXBURG--LDS Church President Spencer W. Kimball, center, was at Ricks College Sunday afternoon to address an overflow crowd of more than 6,000 students at a tri-stake fireside. speaking with her husband at the meeting was Mrs. Camilla Kimball. First Stake President LaVere A. Ricks, right, introduced Kimball at the fireside. (Photo by Ron Ehresman)
Positive gospel attitude stressed by Mrs. Kimball at Ricks meet
Post Register, Feb. 6, 1978
REXBURG-- "Your greatest asset is a positive attitude to the gospel," Mrs. Camilla Kimball told the Ricks college student body here Sunday afternoon at a special tri-stake fireside.
Mrs. Kimball, wife of LDS President Spencer W. Kimball, challenged the students to set goals and live a life of usefulness.
She told of how when she was in a library in California she was approached by a woman who asked her if she was saved. She said that after thinking about it for a second her response was, "I'm working on it."
Mrs. Kimball urged the students to live faithful lives every day because a person is never assured of being saved. She said each day strive to make one step forward because life is not an easy road. Nothing worthwhile comes free," she said.
Mrs. Kimball told the students that the most important person in their life is themselves because they are with that person from birth until death. She noted, "you are your one and only.":
"It's not what we think we are; it's what we think [that is] what we are," stressed Mrs. Kimball. She told the capacity crowed of more than 6,000 students in the Hart Gymnasium, "What you are to be, you are becoming."
Mrs. Kimball told how she and President Kimball have been married for more than 60 years and last Christmas 51 of the 71 people who are now part of their family were able to spend Christmas together as a family. She said no amount of wealth can compare to these people who are part of us.
A special tribute was paid to Mrs. Kimball by Helen Lamprecht, Rexburg First Stake Relief society president.
President and Mrs. Kimball were also presented with a special Ricks blanket with the "R" insignia on the front. Raymond Freiszell also presented President Kimball with a pledge sheet signed by many of the Ricks student body members pledging to lengthen their stride, including efforts to be more honest, more Christ-like, reading the scriptures more diligently and working on the church concept of every member a missionary.
President Kimball presented the keynote address of the tri-stake fireside and was introduced by LaVere A. Ricks, Rexburg First Stake President. Special musical selections were presented during the fireside by three Ricks choral groups.
Special guests at the fireside were newly name Ricks President Bruce Hafen, acting Ricks President Henry Maxwell and former Ricks President John Clarke.
President and Mrs. Kimball flew to Rexburg Sunday for the fireside.