Fall 2000

How to Discourage Discouragement

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How to Discourage Discouragement By: Elder Gene R. Cook

How to Discourage Discouragement

 
It is an exciting time to be here. I can feel it. I hope you are excited about being in this institution that was established by the Church. We have a lot of invitations that come to us as General Authorities to speak in different settings. You ought to know that this particular assignment to come here and speak is assigned by the First Presidency. I think it says something about how strongly they feel about you, my wonderful brothers and sisters. You are being educated continually in the things of the Spirit, as well as in the things that pertain to the world. Those things of the world that are true are important to learn and understand, but they must always be secondary, in my judgment, to the things of the Lord, to the pure truths that come from Heaven and bring about our salvation.
I have felt a great spirit in each one of you. I want you to know that.
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Characteristics of Discipleship

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Characteristics of Discipleship By: Roger G. Christensen

Characteristics of Discipleship


All of you, being students, will appreciate this introductory quote by Elder Alexander B. Morrison. He said that a short pencil is a lot better than a long memory. So, if there is anything that I say today that may have some impact on you, you may want to take just a couple of notes. As I was preparing to share some thoughts with you, I thought you needed to know that I need a lot more time to study and develop this particular quality in my own life. So this is a work in progress. I just will share some thoughts with you and then I will let you go and do some pondering and studying of you own.
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The Prophet Joseph Smith

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The Prophet Joseph Smith By: Richard J. Allen

The Prophet Joseph Smith


It is a wonderful privilege for me to be with you today. You are a wonderful looking group, representing an important part of the future of the Church, of our families, and society in general.
You stand at the twilight of the most important time in history. You are on stage and you are the players of the crowning production prophesied by all the holy prophets since the beginning of time—indeed even before the foundation of the world. The importance of this hour is compounded by the fact you also stand at the twilight of your own defining of self. The Lord refers to this important hour as the fulness of time. It is also the fulness of life, opportunity, and joy. So, it is a great pleasure for me to share this hour with you at such an important time in history and the defining hour of your life.
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