Fall 2014

Lord Pleased with Those Who Serve Quietly

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Lord Pleased with Those Who Serve Quietly By: Scott Newman

Lord Pleased with Those Who Serve Quietly

 Beautiful job, as always. We may need to keep the house lights up just a bit, because we’re going to do a little pair-and-share activity here. I was surprised to see a lot of the students raise their hands—you get no credit for being here today, in my class, so… But thank you, thank you all for being here. Appreciate my father being here, and my better half, Pam.

      So, can we turn the house lights up just a bit? Is that possible? What I’d like you to do is just take about 60 seconds here, we’re going to turn to your neighbor, or two, and I want you to share with them a favorite leader of yours from the scriptures. It can be ancient scripture, modern-day scripture, but share a favorite leader of yours, and why they are a favorite of yours. Ready? Go.

      [Students converse.]

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Work Like Mad, Have Faith, Decide to Amount to Something

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Work Like Mad, Have Faith, Decide to Amount to Something By: Virginia H Pearce

Work like Mad, Have Faith, Decide to Amount to Something

Oh, my goodness, you are really good. I shuddered a little bit and lowered my expectations when they announced that they were going to sing “Consider the Lilies,” because it’s one of my very favorite pieces that the Tabernacle Choir does, and so I thought I’d better get ready to have this slaughtered. They did not slaughter it; in fact, it was absolutely beautiful and touching in every way. And thank you for the words of our first speaker this morning.

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Gospel Changes Hearts, Brings People Together

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Gospel Changes Hearts, Brings People Together By: Richard McKowan

Gospel Changes Hearts, Brings People Together

Brothers and sisters, it’s a privilege to be with you. I appreciate the music, the information that you’ve been given, and every part of this program so far. So I just appreciate the chance to be here.

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Our Beautiful Mind

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Our Beautiful Mind By: Catherine Thomas

Our Beautiful Mind

My desire here is to offer you some comfort and some inspiration, as well as some tools for dealing with your mind and feelings.  Most of us experience painful kinds of thoughts that run like an undercurrent through our life and put stress on us in nearly everything we do – in our academic, social, spiritual lives.  Maybe you recognize thoughts like these:  “I just don’t belong,” or “I’m not as smart,” or “If people knew, they’d reject me,” or “I can never be good enough,” and so on.  In this brief time together I want to explore feeling good, feeling free.  Of course the care of the body is relevant here, too – good food, sufficient rest, often make a big difference in the sense of emotional well-being.  But here I want to talk about how to love and care for your beautiful mind, taking some inspiration from the poet William Wordsworth:  “[We will] instruct them how the mind of man becomes a thousand times more beautiful…” (The Prelude).

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Romantic Love and the Temple

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Romantic Love and the Temple By: Elder Bruce C. Hafen and Sister Marie K. Hafen

Romantic Love and the Temple

Thank you, brothers and sisters of the choir; that was beautiful. We are glad to be with you today, brothers and sisters. One of the first things I notice about this group of students at LDS Business College is what a high proportion of men we have here. I don’t know if you girls have noticed that or not. That’s kind of unusual. I asked the president; he said many of the sisters are serving missions and this will all get fixed within a few months.  But seeing the high proportion of men reminded me of something that happened a few years ago at a young adult conference in Australia. There was some meeting where the kids had an opportunity to express themselves, and there was this interesting girl, a wonderful Church member, had flaming red hair and wore a colorful outfit, and she came to the podium during a time they were exchanging thoughts, and she said, “I have an announcement to make.

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President J. Lawrence Richards

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Healing Through Christ Raises Us to a Higher Level By: President J. Lawrence Richards

Healing Through Christ Raises Us to a Higher Level

            You look great. This is the start of week two, and you’re back. That’s a good sign. We welcome you here, you’re in a good place, you’re doing the right thing. We’re thankful to the choir, thankful to Brother Craig, thankful to Gregory who spoke, thankful to the prayer that was offered by a newly returned missionary. There’s nothing better than that.

 

      At last week’s new student orientation we asked all of those who were returned missionaries to raise their hand, and it was just astounding. I’d like to know in this larger group how many of you are returned missionaries? Raise your hand.  Now put your hands down, and I’ll ask the question I did to the group last week. All of you who have returned from your mission within the past 12 months, raise your hand. Thank you very much.

 

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Lessons from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Lessons from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz By: President J. Lawrence Richards

Lessons from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Thursday this week will be the 114th anniversary of the date when L. Frank Baum published a marvelous and enduring children’s fantasy book entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  It is the story of Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto.  She lived in the state of Kansas.  Because of a terrible storm Dorothy and Toto were swept away in a tornado and came to rest in the mystical Land of Oz.

          How many of you are familiar with this story either because you read the book or have seen the famous movie?  There are great lessons for life in this story and I invite you to listen for the Spirit’s whisper to know what principles in this story apply to you.  If you listen carefully and ask Heaven to enlighten your mind, you will gain insight today which will be helpful and important to your success this semester.  I am just the storyteller – today the Spirit must be your teacher.  Are you ready?

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Want a Happy Life? Put Others First

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Want a Happy Life? Put Others First By: Neal Cox

Want a Happy Life? Put Others First

      So good to be here with you today. I am touched by the Spirit. And if you don’t learn anything else today from what I’ve prepared and what I’m anxious to share with you, I want you to know that the gospel is true, it’s been restored, there is a God in heaven who is our Father, He loves us, He’s provided a Savior who gives us purpose and hope in life. What a blessed message that is, a message that much of the world doesn’t really comprehend, and we continue to share with the world, as we always want to do.

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Focusing on the Temple Will Bless Our Lives

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 By: Craig Nelson

Focusing on the Temple Will Bless Our Lives

  Thank you, Sue. Would you mind lowering this [referring to the podium] a little bit?  I’m grateful to be with you today. My parents being here and President Richards telling the story of jumping off the roof—I have to tell you that the biggest surprise to me was that I didn’t fly. And I remember when I landed, I thought, “I must not know something.” And I think that’s true today. I actually think I will be able to fly, I just haven’t figured it all out yet. And I think we can figure things out, and eventually we can fly.

      I hope in the few minutes remaining to tie together some things that we heard from Elizabeth, the idea of families, Deandra’s beautiful music—wasn’t that beautiful? “Come unto Jesus.”  That was gorgeous. And Sue’s comments about giving of ourselves to help others.

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Want to Be Happy? Try an Act of Kindness

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Want to Be Happy? Try an Act of Kindness  By: Sue Hepworth

Want to Be Happy? Try an Act of Kindness 

Okay, here we go. Deep breath.  I can’t really say that talking at devotional was on my bucket list. But since I have the opportunity today, I’m now going to go home today and cross that off, and it will be done, and we’ll move on with life, right? But I’m honored to be here today, to share with you some thoughts and tears, and my testimony to the words that I hopefully have prepared that will touch your heart today.

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Strive to Create Your Own World

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Strive to Create Your Own World By: Vicki Johnson

Strive to Create Your Own World

  I am grateful to be here today, because I love to feel your synergy and your energy. I know that each of you come with unique challenges. But I am in awe as I watch and see your determination and your courage as you prepare to move forward in your lives to make a difference for good.

Recently I read a book. It’s called “The Road to Bountiful,” by Donald Smithwaite. It’s a short, easy-read novel that I checked out of the library on a day that I needed a light read. I did not know that a few simple statements in this book would have a great impact on me for days to come. Let me give you a brief synopsis of the book. I have taken liberty to expound my thoughts beyond the words of the book.

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Hard Work and the Spirit Accelerate our Learning

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Hard Work and the Spirit Accelerate our Learning By: Van Norman

Hard Work and the Spirit Accelerate Our Learning

            When I was baptized, ordained a deacon and called on my mission, President David O. McKay was the prophet of the church. And he said the following: “The purpose of the gospel is to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature,” (General Conference, April 1954). Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, those who are baptized, the bad become good, and then all of us join with them in a lifelong process of changing, bit by bit, line upon line, precept upon precept, until ultimately our very natures are changed and we are prepared to return to our Father in Heaven. All of this through the power of Jesus Christ’s redemption. And so, in the gospel, in our experiences in the Church, we are continually invited to become a little better—to change so that we might progress. Today I’ll both explicitly and implicitly invite some changes in your school experiences.

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Reach Out, Invite Others to Be Blessed by Ldsbc

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Reach Out, Invite Others to Be Blessed by Ldsbc By: President J. Lawrence Richards

Reach Out, Invite Others to Be Blessed by Ldsbc

 
Thank you, Elder Norman and Sister Johnson. I hope you’ve been taught today—I’ve been 
 
taught. You ought to take a minute and think about what you’ve learned. I’ll tell you a couple of 
 
things I’ve learned. First of all, I watched my friend Ben Featherstone sing. Now, he’s shocked at 
 
that, because he just got signed—his name. I’m going to ask Ben to stand up. Ben? Stand up and 
 
wave—turn around and wave.  Ben was signing the words of our hymn today. And I couldn’t 
 
understand his signing at all. I understood the words I was singing, but I couldn’t understand his 
 
words, though I knew we were singing from the same hymnal.
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Scripture Study Will Bless Your Life

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Scripture Study Will Bless Your Life By: Robert Fotheringham

Scripture Study Will Bless Your Life

      What an intro. That was stunningly beautiful. Thank you. Maybe some of you joined Adrian—he had his hand over his heart because of George’s tie. I’ve not seen that before either. But what a beautiful rendition. I’m a sucker for things that are patriotic, and I really, really enjoyed that. Thank you very much.

      President Richards, your files are way too deep, pulling out stories that no one’s told for years and hopefully were forgotten at one time. And Madelyn, thank you for those wonderful remarks and sharing your testimony.

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Tabernacle Choir Touches Hearts, Changes Lives

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Tabernacle Choir Touches Hearts, Changes Lives By: Ronald Jarrett

Tabernacle Choir Touches Hearts, Changes Lives

             That was absolutely excellent, thank you. You were nervous as all get-out, weren’t you? But she did a great job, and it certainly set the spirit and tone for today.

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Being Valiant

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Being Valiant By: Christoffel Golden Jr.

Being Valiant

It is a rare privilege to be in your presence today, my beloved brothers and sisters! I bring you the love and greetings of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. They have a deep interest in your welfare. The creation of the LDS Business College almost 130 years ago attests to this interest.

I am very grateful for President Larry Richards’s great kindness in helping me through the usual questions and arrangements of this assignment. We are members of the same ward in the Church, which means that my wife and I have the great privilege and joy to associate often with him and his beloved eternal companion, Julie.

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Strive to Be an Instrument in the Lord's Hands

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Strive to Be an Instrument in the Lord's Hands By: Tracy L. Williams

Strive to Be an Instrument in the Lord's Hands

      Melanie, Bethany, thank you [referring to a musical duet]. I’ve known Melanie for quite a while, so to me, she’s “Mel.”

      I wish Sister Williams was here, because I was going to invite her to share a few thoughts. She’s glad she’s on the airplane and not here, because of that.

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Heavenly Father Has a Plan for You

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Heavenly Father Has a Plan for You By: Morgan Best

Heavenly Father Has a Plan for You

When I was walking in this morning, I stumbled across a penny. And I was reminded of a man who fought hard and continued even when his road was treacherous. Abraham Lincoln is a man who had a lot of hardships in his life. Things did not go according to his plan. He lost many elections, his business failed, his sweetheart passed away at a young age, he had a nervous breakdown, and he lost many countless elections after that. This is all before he became the President that we are all familiar with.

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Why Are We Afraid to Love?

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Why Are We Afraid to Love? By: Neal Hooper

Why Are We Afraid to Love?

I am so excited to be here with you all today. Thank you so much for the beautiful music, for the prayers, Jan for your thought, and Morgan for that beautiful message. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to be before you today. You may have heard of the “Where’s Larry?” contest that the Bookstore is doing right now. It says, “Take Larry with you to all the cool places you’ll be going this summer. Take a picture with him, and then post it using the hash tag #WheresLarry.” I can’t think of a cooler place to be right now than the Assembly Hall, with all of you basking in the Spirit. I am truly humbled to stand at this pulpit where so many great men and women of God have instructed and inspired others. And I am so grateful to be here.

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True Discipleship

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True Discipleship By: Keith J. Burkhart

True Discipleship

On whatever you are writing on may I invite you to write the following:  “As a disciple of Jesus Christ I will…”  Then throughout our time together listen to the still small voice and perhaps today or at a later time, you will feel inspired to write some responses to that statement. Don’t force it.  Let it come under the direction of the spirit.

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Faith in the Past: Church History in an Information Age

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Faith in the Past: Church History in an Information Age By: J. Spencer Fluhman

Faith in the Past: Church History in an Information Age

I am deeply grateful for that musical number. My wife leaned over and said, “That’s a lot of power for so few people,” and truly, I’ve never heard that sung better. The inspired words about charity and the inspired song about a prophet’s voice lead rather naturally to my topic today. But I can’t begin without first recognizing this incredible space in which we meet. Surely one of the great blessings for all of you in the LDS Business College community is the chance to meet here. I hope you don’t take it for granted. If we were to pause and listen carefully, we might hear joy and faith from generations past echo out these walls.

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