Elder Sitati Teaches Three Ways Laws of Nature Testify of Laws of God

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 28 October 2015

Elder Joseph W. Sitati speaks during an LDS Business College devotional held in the Assembly Hall on October 20.  Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

Article Highlights

  • 1. Things that appear are a pattern of things that do not appear.
  • 2. Men and women are made in the image and likeness of God.
  • 3. All things are governed by the eternal law of God.

“Nature around me taught some great lessons.” —Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy

The laws of nature testify of the laws of God, Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy told LDS Business College students during a devotional held October 20 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

“I invite you to learn for yourself the patterns of nature so your faith may be strengthened,” Elder Sitati said.

Sharing an experience he had as a young boy growing up in Africa, Elder Sitati spoke of his responsibility to take his family’s cattle out to pasture. While doing that work, Elder Sitati remembers the wonder he experienced through pondering on nature.

Remembering one occasion in particular, Elder Sitati spoke of a day when he saw a rainbow as he was out in the field.

“I was almost enchanted by the rainbow,” he said. “My young mind had questions.”

He spoke of the process of rainbows and how, as he learned more about them, he began to see how the laws of nature testify of the laws of God.

“Nature around me taught some great lessons,” he said.

Elder Sitati shared three principles that taught “a pattern in all things that ye may not be deceived.”

Students exit the Assembly Hall on Temple Square after listening to Elder Joseph W. Sitati during an LDS Business College devotional on October 20. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

1. Things that appear are a pattern of things that do not appear.

Explaining how sound travels in high and low frequencies, Elder Sitati spoke of how although it is not seen, people can hear sound. This can be applied to gospel truths as well.

“Discover eternal truths that are not written,” he said.

By the power of the Holy Ghost, individuals are able to learn from the Spirit things of eternal significance.

2. Men and women are made in the image and likeness of God.

Students talk outside the Assembly Hall on Temple Square after attending the LDS Business College devotional on October 20. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

The scriptures teach that men are created in God’s “own likeness” both in body and in spirit. It is important for individuals to “strive to have His likeness in our nature,” Elder Sitati said. Knowing the true nature of God helps individuals understand their identity and helps them understand their eternal destiny.

3. All things are governed by the eternal law of God.

Whether people are on a boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean or sitting in the Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City, they are grounded by gravity. Just as gravity holds everyone, the laws of God apply to all. And blessings come to those who are obedient to the laws of God.

After his remarks, Elder Sitati opened the meeting for questions from students. When asked how to receive revelation, Elder Sitati told students to apply their time and mind to receiving answers.

“Study in your mind and work hard for revelation,” he said.

When asked about his upbringing in Africa and his experience as a General Authority now living in Utah, Elder Sitati said, “The most important things in life are everywhere.”

It doesn’t matter where people are—if they are in Tokyo or Africa or Salt Lake City—the most important things are the same wherever they are living, he said.

Students exit the Assembly Hall on Temple Square after listening to Elder Joseph W. Sitati during an LDS Business College devotional on October 20.