Fall 2015

Brady Kimber

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As Actors and Spectators

As Actors and Spectators

Brothers and sisters, what a pleasure it is for Sister Kimber and I to be with you today, to be gathered together in this historic hall, but most importantly, to be with you. I have a great deal of confidence that when Abraham had his vision of the pre-earth life and he saw many of the noble and great ones[i], he saw your faces. I am confident in that because I have seen your actions and taken note of your behavior. I also know that you have been reserved to come forth in the final dispensation of the fullness of times, where you would need to counteract and fight against the evil that surrounds us. And I am most grateful to be with you today. As I look at your smiling faces and know of your good countenances, I feel that I am among friends, and for that I thank you.

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Sister Leslie Robbins

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Moving Upward with Grace

Moving Upward with Grace

I am just really grateful that all of those lessons have paid off. All that small chunk of change that we set aside every month—this is a mom’s belated blessing. And I’m really grateful to you girls. I don’t know where they went; oh, there they are. They are my biggest reason to rejoice. And there’s one daughter in the middle that right at this moment is probably taking her exam on To Kill A Mockingbird, so she was not able to be here. But she is a part of the Piano Girls Band, and some day we hope to give her the sweet privilege of playing in this beautiful hall. It is a blessing, and I appreciate more than anything the opportunity to speak and to hear these girls play and see Lizzy kind of finish her piano career on a Steinway in the Assembly Hall. So thank you. Thank you for always saying okay, when I say to practice.

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Kim Farah

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Church Public Affairs: We Are All in this Together

Church Public Affairs: We Are All in This Together

It is such a delight to be with all of you today. You are my oasis of peace in a very busy public affairs day that started early this morning.  I think I want to stay for a while, especially after that beautiful music. Yes, I am the publicist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but I can’t sing, so when I hear such beautiful melodies, I am so appreciative of it and feel so blessed.

I’ve entitled my remarks today, “Church Public Affairs: We Are All in this Together.” That’s why I was so delighted to learn that you are live tweeting and you have that book. I love Elder Scott’s counsel to write down and participate in meetings because that allows us to receive revelation. It’s one of my personal favorites, and I really feel at home knowing you are going to be doing that.

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President Tad R. Callister

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Defining the Infinite Atonement

Defining the Infinite Atonement

Many thanks to the choir for inviting the Spirit further into this meeting, and many thanks to David for inviting the Spirit in his prayer, and Jan for that very pointed and thoughtful testimony of the Atonement. I’ve always had a great respect for the LDS Business School because I felt that what we ought to do in life ought to be practical as well as spiritual, and I think you have those two great traits here. That’s why your president, President Richards, is such a great leader for this College. I have known him all of my life, and I’ve always thought he was very practical, very business-oriented, and very spiritual. What a wonderful combination to have all of those together. I’m grateful that his sweet wife and my sweet wife can be here today to join with us.

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President J. Lawrence Richards

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As a Child of Abraham

As a Child of Abraham

 
Thank you, choir. That was wonderful. I’m not having a good day. All weekend I 
 
worked on the talk, and I had these slides that I was going to prepare. I even came home 
 
from Bear Lake on Sunday to finish some church assignments and did the slides, put 
 
them on a flash drive, and left them in my house, went back up to Bear Lake. I’ve got 
 
some allergies this morning, so I sound like Orson Welles or Barry White, if any of you 
 
remember. 
 
I lost the key to my office this morning; couldn’t get in. I went to pick my wife up, 
 
parked in the Church parking so she wouldn’t have to walk. There are no parking spaces 
 
in the Church plaza this morning that I am authorized to park in.
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Paul Angerhofer

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Means and Lights in the Wilderness

Means and Lights in the Wilderness

Thank you for that beautiful music; thank you for that prayer; and thank you for being here today.  I am honored and humbled.  I express my appreciation to the LDS Business College for the invitation to speak to you today in this beautiful setting, in this historic Assembly Hall on the sacred grounds of Temple Square.

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Michael Reed Davison

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Faith - Dealing with Uncertainty in a Rational, Positive Way

Faith - Dealing with Uncertainty in a Rational, Positive Way

Early in the year 1831, Lucy Mack Smith--the mother of Joseph Smith, Jr.--led a group of early Latter-day Saints from Waterloo, New York to Kirtland, Ohio. They travelled along the Erie Canal in very cold conditions until they reached Buffalo, where the way forward was blocked by ice. Another group of Saints, the Colesville Branch, was also stuck in Buffalo. The leaders from Colesville told Lucy that they had better keep their religion a secret, or no one would give them shelter, nor passage on a boat. Lucy answered, “I shall tell people precisely who I am, and if you are ashamed of Christ, you must not expect to be prospered; and I shall wonder if we do not get to Kirtland before you!”

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Jeffrey S. Bednar

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A Future of Happiness

A Future of Happiness

What an honor and privilege it is to be here with you today. When I walked in the building, I looked around and there is an incredible spirit here just because of the physical structure. But then as you started to come into the building, and the spirit that you have in your eyes, and the smiles that you have on your faces made me even more overwhelmed. And I’m just honored and grateful to be here with you today.

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Darren Butterfield

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The House of My Heart

The House of My Heart

Thank you. At the top of the list of College-wide outcomes at LDS Business College is to “confirm personal testimony . . . of Jesus Christ.” My goal today, brothers and sisters, is to do just that. I hope that your testimonies will be strengthened as I attempt to share a pivotal point in my life when my testimony began to blossom.

During my freshman year at BYU, my identical twin brother and I were invited to participate in a pilot project for the Church. It was new, entitled “Our Heavenly Father’s Plan.” Do any of these pictures look familiar or bring back memories? My guess is the vast majority of this audience wasn’t even born when this program was instituted.

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Timothy Q. Sloan

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Hope and Faith

Hope and Faith

Brothers and Sisters, it’s really an honor for my wife, Cindy, my daughter, Stephanie and me to be here for this occasion.  Thank you to those who made this invitation possible. Thank you for the beautiful music.  I believe I’ve known President Richards for 10 years now.  I know what you all know about him of his great qualities but especially his quality of being approachable, how easily he is entreated, taking time to connect with people just as he greeted all of you at the door.  No matter how rushed or busy he is, and being a president of a college you know he is always busy, he takes the time to visit and listen.  Thank you, President Richards.

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Robert O. Salmon

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Small and Simple Things

Small and Simple Things

 

Brothers and sisters, marvelous. Beautiful. And I don’t mean just that glorious singing that we have heard, but the testimonies that have been borne, the opportunity to be here in this very hallowed building, and remember those that have gone before and those that will go in the future. President Richards has spoken of some great and wonderful things. I’ve heard him say some of these things in the past. I bear testimony to you in all humility that this is one of our Father in Heaven’s choicest institutions. He helps lead and guide, and He does that through some of the most marvelous leadership that has been my opportunity to see.

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Elder Larry R. Lawrence

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Prepared to Face the Adversary

Prepared to Face the Adversary

Thank you, that musical number was beautiful. Brothers and sisters, it’s a privilege to be with you today, and to be a part . . . I wanted to do my share, so I went out and got a brand new knee, just so I could come here today and sit down in front of you. I appreciate all those who helped to work out things and make this possible. I was preparing for this and looking forward to it, and I thought, you know, I could get tired of standing. My knee might get kind of tired after a while. And this, I think, works perfectly.

I want to talk to you today about strengthening your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now there are many, many things that we can do to strengthen our faith. I want to almost approach this more from defending our faith, with putting into perspective why it’s so important that we strengthen and defend our faith.

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Adrian Juchau, Marisol Fernandez Sanchez

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Summer of Service 2015

Summer of Service 2015

I thank you three very much for that beautiful musical number. As I contemplate all that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, have done for me, I too exclaim, “How great Thou art!” And as I carefully consider all that They have done for me, truly we have—each of us—been given very much. I suppose that it is requisite that when much is given, much is required (see D&C 82:3). But because I contemplate the things that we have been given, I want to be able to give. And I think that has something to do with why we gather together today to talk a little bit about service.

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