Fall 2017

Ronell Hugh

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The Three Sides of Love

The Three Sides of Love

Thank you. Thank you for the music, and thank you, too, to this institution and to President Kusch for having me here today. It’s quite the honor and privilege to be able to share a few thoughts with you. I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity over the last couple of months to think about it and prepare.

A life journey is a fascinating experience to participate in. For me, I have spent six of the last seven years in my work career learning about consumers—how they think during a purchase process, what things they take into consideration, why they consider what they do, what ultimately influences their decision, and their level of satisfaction once they have purchased the item. I’ve worked with development and engineering teams to develop products that consumers want in hopes of meeting and exceeding their expectations. Now, this was all done in the entertainment industry.

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Elder Alin Spannaus

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"The Doctrine of Forgiveness"

On one occasion, I decided to count my blessings. It was an exercise—I started to write my blessings. In the beginning it was easy: my parents, my family, blah, blah, blah. But then I dug deeper and deeper, and at the conclusion of that exercise, and after four pages of my writing, I came to the conclusion that if you are really paying attention to your blessings, they are endless. They really are. Because Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, they love us so much that they have created everything that we have surrounding us, for us. So I am glad that we had this musical number talking about blessings (Count Your Blessings, Hymn #241).

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Elder Salinas

Elder Netzahualcoyotl Salinas

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"Why do We Keep the Commandments?"

Why do we Keep the Commandments?

by Elder Salinas

How wonderful it is to be here with you. I am so happy. I feel it is a great privilege for me to talk to you, and I need to tell you that I admire you. I remember my time when I was in college. My first degree, in fact, was a college degree as an elementary school teacher. And then I went on a mission, and then when I came back I finished my second one in industrial relationships. So I know very well studying and being in your position and facing your challenges and enjoying the life in this time and age of your life.

Thank you, President Kusch, for everything. Thank you to the choir; it was great. I need to find another word. It was perfect—magnificent. Thank you very much; you did very well.

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Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder Quentin L. Cook

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"His Paths Are Righteous"

His Paths Are Righteous

by Elder Quentin L. Cook

Mary and I are grateful to be with you wonderful young adults and President and Sister Kusch.  At his inauguration President Kusch emphasized priorities, choices, and actions consistent with what the Lord desires that you would achieve and become.  Based on that I have chosen as the title for my remarks, "His Paths Are Righteous." This is taken from 2 Nephi: 9, which contains absolutely incredible instruction for young adults. There are admonitions about learning, wisdom, wealth, labor, refusing to see or hear the consequences of sin, and profound doctrine about the atonement of Jesus Christ.

My emphasis will be on the paths of righteousness that allow us to report to the Holy One of Israel, 'the keeper of the gate,' who "employeth no servant there."

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Elder Scott D. Whiting

Elder Scott D. Whiting

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"The Power of Pondering"

 

 

The Power of Pondering

by Elder Scott D. Whiting

Good morning, my dear brothers and sisters. I am honored to be with you today and so very grateful that I have received this assignment from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I congratulate President Kusch on his recent appointment as president of the LDS Business College. I know that he will bless you with his leadership just as you will bless him with your righteous examples.

I have pondered much about what I should speak on today and while engaged in that process I had the distinct impression that I should speak about that very process—that is, pondering and the power that comes to us when we ponder over sacred things.

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Nathan Mitchell

Nathan Mitchell

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"Can You Imagine?"

Can you Imagine?

by Nathan Mitchell

In old Nauvoo, when the Saints were gathering there—literally by the boatload—Brother Joseph would often be there to greet the new coming saints. He would say to them some pretty audacious things. He would say to them things like, “We’re so glad that you’re here. We were hoping that you would be coming soon. We’ve been waiting for you.”

He would look them right in the eye and say, “We need someone with your abilities for this work.” Such a familiar greeting from a relative stranger must have provoked various reactions. I’m sure many hearts were thrilled, and some were comforted. I imagine that, for some, there was that panic that we feel when someone recognizes us but we don’t recognize them in return. Still for others—I’m sure there must have been a few—that may at first have seemed disingenuous, to receive that kind of greeting. It may have come off a little like a sales pitch.

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President and Sister Kusch

President and Sister Kusch

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"5 Things to Keep You Safe and Secure, and Keep the Companionship of the Holy Ghost" and "If You Believe All These Things"

5 Things to Keep You Safe and Secure, and Keep the Companionship of the Holy Ghost

By Sister Alynda Kusch

In July 2006, David Buschow died in the Utah desert. He was a fit, 29-year-old decorated ex-military police officer from New Jersey who had joined 11 other outdoor enthusiasts to “experience the wilderness to the fullest.”

But by day two, Dave was in very bad shape. Desperate for water he was pale and dehydrated, suffering from severe stomach cramps, slurred speech and hallucinations.

After going about 10 hours without a drink, in 100-degree heat, he fell, unconscious, face down in the dirt, less than 100 yards from the goal of the day: A cave with a pool of cool, clear water.

During what had been advertised as a wilderness-survival adventure designed to test physical and mental toughness, Dave and the 11 other hikers were led by expert guides.

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Sister Reyna I. Aburto

Sister Reyna I. Aburto

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"Reaching Up to the Savior"

Reaching Up to the Savior

by Reyna I. Aburto

My dear friends, what a beautiful sight you are! I am so grateful to be standing in front of you today and to feel of your faith and your desire to be lifted and inspired.

It is an honor for me to speak to you who belong to this remarkable institution that is LDS Business College. I love your mission statement, which reads: “LDS Business College provides a distinctive educational experience rooted in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We work together to cultivate a nurturing environment, teach practical skills and develop confident and skillful learners. We enlighten minds, elevate hope and ennoble souls to strengthen individuals, families, communities and the Lord’s Church.”

It is my prayer that we can all be enlightened, elevated, and ennobled today as we receive promptings from the Spirit and as we get clear impressions that guide us into action.

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Stephanie Allen Egbert

Stephanie Allen Egbert

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"Love is Easy - Love is Hard"

Love is Easy - Love is Hard

by Stephanie Allen Egbert

What a privilege it is to be with you today in this great building. There’s a lot of strength here because of who created this building, and the sacrifices that they made so that we can be here at this time. It’s pretty awesome that you get to come here every week and have a devotional. I’m really happy for you that way.

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Tracey Anderson

Tracey Anderson

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"Our Shared Journey Home"

 

Our Shared Journey Home

by Tracey Anderson

I first had nightmares about this opportunity to speak to you a few years ago while working at BYU-Idaho. A friend of mine had been asked to give a talk at Devotional and I have shared with her how grateful I was it wasn’t me, to which she responded by saying, “You’re next”. In that moment, the Spirit confirmed that someday I would be asked to speak at devotional.

I am not even sure the number of dreams I began to have as a result of that learning, some dreams being more pleasant than others. The pleasant dreams came after I was able to humble myself enough to be willing to speak, prior to this formal request. When I was able to look past my own fears and worries and seek to be a route for God’s love to reach you, my dreams became blessings in my life.

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Brent Andrus

Brent Andrus

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"Small Things—Big Consequences!
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Small Things—Big Consequences!


by Brent Andrus

Thank you choir for making such a beautiful start to the day. Angel thank you for your sweet testimony, yours parents named you appropriately. I can’t tell you how much I love and appreciate him. I want to share an experience I had this morning as I was getting ready to come to school. I had a distinct and powerful impression that my parents would be here in devotional today. My father passed away little over 14 years ago and my mother 2 years before that. What a tender mercy it was to receive that witness that they would be here today. I want to express gratitude to those who have made changes in their personal schedules to be here today I am glad to have my son and daughters and their spouses here today.

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Cory H. Maxwell

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"Guide Me to Thee" 

Guide Me to Thee

by Cory H. Maxwell

One hundred and ninety years ago last Friday, Joseph Smith obtained the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. Joseph records that, when he received the plates, Moroni gave Joseph a charge that “I should be responsible for them; that if I should let them go carelessly, or through any neglect of mine, I should be cut off; but that if I should use all my endeavors to preserve them, until he…should call for them, that they should be protected” (JS-History 1:59)

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