Fall 2010

President Larry Richards

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Start This Semester Strong

Start This Semester Strong

 

Craig read that just the way I wrote it for him. Not really. You do look good. You look very good. I appreciate that music. There’s something about music. I think Father in Heaven really likes music, because it has the power to elicit the Spirit, and to invite it in very special ways. And I appreciated Claudia’s sensitivity to that hymn, “I Feel My Savior’s Love.” Couldn’t you tell, the way that she played it, that it came from her heart? It made me think carefully about you, and the love that the Savior has for you because you are here. And if you don’t feel anything today, or don’t remember anything today, I pray with all sincerity that you will feel your Savior’s love.

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Elder Lowell M. Snow

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Make the Right Choice Every Time

Make the Right Choice Every Time

It’s nice to be with you today. I wish we could just talk about the things that matter most to you, and the things that have been on my mind since I received this request to speak. It was actually more than a request for me; it was actually an assignment from the First Presidency, who assigned me as part of my work, part of my stewardship, part of my ministry—to spend these brief minutes with you here today. So I look forward to that. I think if I had my choice, I would just have a question and answer session, and I’d just let you ask anything you wanted, and I’d see if I could come up with a good answer.
But something has been on my mind the last couple of weeks that I might share with you, so I think I’d better stick with what’s been on my mind.
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Lucy Andre

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Support the Constitution Through Good Citizenship

Support the Constitution Through Good Citizenship

I am genuinely thrilled to be here today, honestly—mostly because my five-year-old came down with a vicious case of stomach flu last night, and I’m not home cleaning it up. So, a tender mercy, I guess. I have been asked to speak today on the Constitution. Until about ten minutes ago, I was pretty convinced that when President Richards asked me to speak, he was thinking of someone else. But that introduction was actually me, so that was strangely comforting.
The Constitution is a document that has a great place in my heart, and I feel very strongly about it. So it’s actually a topic that I have no problem here talking to you about.
I would like to start today by telling you a story. I received a letter a few weeks ago from a friend of mine who is currently living in Spain, where her husband is presiding over the Spain Malaga Mission.
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Sister Marie K. Hafen

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Righteous Actions Turn Faith into Knowledge

Righteous Actions Turn Faith into Knowledge

When I was a freshman in college, just last week, I’d never been away from home. I was not sure I could do it. I was just out of glasses and braces, the oldest of five girls, no brothers. Boys were sort of a mystery. I was not confident with them. And I had a horrible case of acne, which was the bane of my existence at the time. But I was very happy to be at a Church college, and I desired to become more. That’s why I came there. I wanted to have a stronger testimony. I was looking forward to the religion classes. I knew they’d be a little different from my high school seminary class, where I reluctantly admit that if I’d been in that class today, I’d probably have been texting my neighbor. We just sat on the back row and talked and laughed, and tried to pay attention some of the time.
And I also, when I came to that Church college, wanted to be straight with the Lord.
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Elder Douglas L. Callister

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A Divine Ring

A Divine Ring

            Almost half a century ago I taught a Sunday School class of teenagers in Southern California.  There were about fifty in the class, including a young man who naturally surpassed most of the others in athleticism and leadership attributes.  Upon graduation from high school he attended a very liberal university in the West and disassociated himself from the Church.  In his view he had grown beyond the simple truths of the Restoration.
            The summer following his freshman year he returned to his home.  As a courtesy to his parents he accompanied them to our worship services.  One Sunday we sat next to each other in a Sunday School meeting.  A boy was at the pulpit bearing his testimony of Joseph Smith.  My friend whispered to me: “How could a boy possibly know whether Joseph was a prophet?”  I invited my friend to my home to answer that question, and a dozen others.
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Craig V. Nelson

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Cast Thy Bread upon the Waters

Cast Thy Bread upon the Waters

 
Money; it’s an interesting thing.  What would you do if you had a lot of money?  What would you buy if you had, say, a million dollars?  Even when I was young—before credit cards and before online buying and before ATM machines—people would fantasize about what they would do if they won a $1 million.  We still do that.  TV game shows are built around that theme.
You know that money is basically an efficient system of barter with standardized values.  We could barter with gold or silver bars or with bushels of grain, but it’s hard to fit gold bars in your wallet or a bushel of wheat in your purse, so we came up with a lightweight and easier exchange method.
Of course, money is only paper.  It has no more intrinsic value than does the sheet of paper on which you take notes, yet because society puts value on it, we develop all kinds of emotions ar
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Who Can Receive Inspiration from the Spirit? You Can

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Who Can Receive Inspiration from the Spirit?  You Can By: Chad H. Webb

Who Can Receive Inspiration from the Spirit?  You Can

 
Thank you. I want to use the time as effectively and efficiently as we can today, but I want to take just a minute and get to know you today if we can, so if you’ll humor me and just respond to this and stand up to tell me who you are for a minute.
How many of you grew up primarily outside of the United States? Would you stand up? Thank you very much. How many of you in the United States but outside of Utah? Wow. All right, thank you. How many of you grew up in Utah but not in Salt Lake? All right. So everyone can play along. Who grew up in Salt Lake City? Still quite a few of you. Thank you. That’s interesting to know.
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James V. Hansen

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Cherish the Constitution, Obey the Law—and Vote

Cherish the Constitution, Obey the Law—and Vote

Thank you for inviting me to be here today, and to speak to you for a few moments. You notice I have an “I Voted” tag on there, do you see that? I hope everybody in this room who is eligible, by the time the bell tolls at 8:00, that you have voted. It’s extremely important in America. This is a huge day. An election day is more important to me than Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas combined; it’s an important day. And you’ve got to take advantage of it. If you don’t, I’m really disappointed in you.
I sat on the National Republican Campaign Committee for eight years. We did polls all over America, and in the age group of 18-25, five to seven percent voted. Boy, did you give up an awful lot in that group. Who voted the most? Who would you guess? The grey hairs—us old folks.
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Mark Willes

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Pornography a Plague—in the World and in the Church

Pornography a Plague—in the World and in the Church

It just dawned on me, the last devotional I spoke to was at BYU-Hawaii, so if you’ll forgive me, aloha! [Students answer “aloha”] Not bad; not impressive but not bad. Brothers and sisters, aloha! [Response] Much better. Thank you. I noticed the clock is over there on the left, and I stand between you and lunch, so I’m going to put this right here. [Places wristwatch on the stand.] You’ve probably heard the old story about the Mormon boy and the Catholic boy who decided they’d go to each other’s church just to see what it was like. The first Sunday the Mormon boy went with his Catholic friend to Mass and watched them make the sign of the cross.
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Elder Stephen D. Nadauld

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Go Forward with Confidence

Go Forward with Confidence

 
My young brothers and sisters, how fun to be with you this morning. I appreciate that very generous introduction by your president. I remember some years ago I was giving a talk in a professional setting in Salt Lake, and the same kind of generous introduction was given, and then I gave what I thought was a pretty good talk. At the end, a woman came up—kind of an elderly lady, and she looked up at me and she squinted her eyes and said, “You married Margaret Dyreng, didn’t you?”
I said yes, and she said, “Now I know who you are.” And the implication was that it didn’t matter what I had done or what I had said, but the fact that I had married Margaret was pretty important in her eyes. That gave me “street cred,” as you would say. And that’s been the greatest blessing of my life, to be a companion to Margaret.
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