"The Lord Would Want You to Be Successful"
My message is for those who are discouraged. Discouragement has a way of affecting and upsetting all of the emotions you and I are capable of feeling. It can manifest itself when losing a loved one; it can arrive when striving to learn a new subject; it has a way of persuading returned missionaries they will never be as good as they were on their missions; it can viciously show its face when someone is desperately striving to overcome an addiction; and it can arrive any time when finding and maintaining employment or an eternal family.
My dear friends. It is such an honor to be invited to speak to you. This is such a critical stage of your young lives. You are filling your minds and your hearts with the eternal truths…preparing you to launch fully on your life’s mission here in mortality.
The Church is working very hard to not only help individuals and families in time of need, but to help everyone learn to become “Self-Reliant.”
Are you familiar with the Self Reliance initiative that’s being rolled out around the world now? I’m going to show a one-minute video that gives an introduction to the Church’s self-reliance initiative.
Now I know that every single one of you understands the principle of self-reliance became you’re here! And you are here to further yourself and your understanding and your education and your opportunities.
Did you notice the phrase that said: “Self-Reliance is not self-taught-- it is learned.”
"(The Model Fast) Fasting and Prayer"
Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful to be with you today and I commend you for being here for bettering yourselves, for getting more education and looking to the future. There is a saying that says habits, good or bad, are first like cobwebs then like chains. The important thing in our lives is that we become slaves to good habits and as those turn into chains, then they will guide us and direct us. I want to begin with a promise to each of you. If you will faithfully apply the principles that we talk about today, and do it throughout your life, I promise your life will not be the same. You will receive blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for you, so I hope you will listen.
What if there were a way to overcome any bad habit, addiction or burden that you have? What if there were a way to gain such confidence in the Lord that you could call down the powers of Heaven and know that He is there guiding your footsteps? I want to tell you there is a way.
"You ARE Receiving Revelation! ...Now ACT on it!"
I want you to know that you are led by a man of God, as President Kusch said. It was about 25 years ago that I had the privilege of being an Elder's quorum president in that stake in California. I learned quite a bit about his great leadership then. Years later when he became a mission president, my nephew had the great privilege of serving under him. He grew quite a bit. I can testify that you are led by a man of God. Speaking of mission presidents, my mission president and his wife from my time as a young missionary are here in the audience. They say you're called not only to serve in a certain place, but you're called to serve under a certain mission president. I know in my case that that's right. Much of what I've become in my life I owe to that great man.
"Work Hard and Good Things Happen"
I was taught by goodly parents. My mom was born and raised in Richland, Washington, and my father was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. I am grateful to parents who were hard workers and had the patience to teach me the gospel and how to work.
“Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God”
Dear brothers and sisters, it is a delight to be with you today. I have had the privilege of working with the College on a number of projects through the years, and I can tell you, I love the LDS Business College: I love its mission, I love the students and I love the people who work here.
I have entitled my remarks today: “Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God.” The title comes from Romans, chapter 8, and I would like to teach you about some of the doctrines from that remarkable sermon given nearly 2000 years ago by the apostle Paul. I would also like to draw some parallels between it and things you may be experiencing in your own lives. And I would like to tell you about my dad.
So let’s start with Romans chapter 8. Paul begins in verse 1:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
"Passing the Tests of Life"
Wow. Thank you, Sidney; that was beautiful. You have some amazing talent in this school. We’ll look for her in the Tabernacle Choir someday.
It’s good to be with you. I appreciate your testimony, Jennifer, and your prayer, Coco, and that musical number, and Rikki and Tanner, and now I’m sorry you have to deal with this, but it is good to be with you. I’m so grateful that my wife could be hear with me today. Like President Kusch mentioned, we got married December 31, 1988, so we have just celebrated our 30th anniversary, and we graduated together almost 30 years ago to the day, today, from BYU. That’s what we looked like. Isn’t that nice? I wish I looked like that still, but in the resurrection maybe.
Sister Kusch: "Developing and Strengthening Faith in Jesus Christ," President Kusch: "Silver Bullets and the Pure Love of Christ"
Sister Alynda Kusch
LDS Business College Devotional April 23, 2019
“Developing and Strengthening Faith in Jesus Christ”
Several years ago, President Kusch and I had the opportunity of visiting London.
Every morning as we left our hotel to go to the subway station, we walked through Hyde Park.
This is a beautiful area of the city and we very much enjoyed walking through the park each morning and evening.
One night toward the end of our trip, we heard a terrible storm outside, with very strong winds. We could hear pieces of wood flying about and even the sound of glass breaking.
The next morning, we discovered that during the night that part of England had experienced hurricane-force winds.