Summer 2014

Bishop Richard C. Edgley

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"Five Beliefs to Guide Your Life"

Five Beliefs to Guide Your Life

My brothers and sisters, what a privilege it is for me to be with you today. I look in your faces and I see the strength of the Church sitting in front of me. As you were filing in today on this rainy day I turned to President Richards, and I said, “How many hours of credit do you have to give these kids to have them come out on a day like today?” And he said you didn’t get any extra credit for that. If I were you, at the right time, I think I’d try to renegotiate that. I’m not sure it will do any good, but it’s just something you might think about.

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Roger G. Christensen

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"Remembering and Stretching Help Us to Grow"

Remembering and Stretching Help Us to Grow

Good morning. President Richards is very kind and warm in his comments and introduction. But another thing you need to know is that I do have some interesting peculiarities. My children tell me that I have an offbeat or perhaps bizarre sense of humor. And to let you know a little bit about how that works, when President Richards said that we should be prepared to follow the impressions of the Spirit, the thought that came to my mind was, “The impression might come to me to just run screaming off the podium and get out of here so that I don’t have to share this devotional message.” So I started immediately praying that the Comforter would come, and help comfort my heart. And I appreciate the music we just heard, and Brother Pearson’s testimony. It did bring comfort, and hopefully what I share will in some way contribute to what you have felt thus far.

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Elder Val R. Christensen

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"The Lord’s Spirit Abides in His Temples"

The Lord’s Spirit Abides in His Temples

      Good morning, brothers and sisters. What a beautiful way to begin a presentation, after that lovely hymn played in such a skillful way. It’s such an honor to be here at the LDS Business College, and you’re kind of hid away, you know? I know you’re in a big building back here somewhere, but it isn’t exactly the same look that you often get when you visit a university. Nevertheless, I am honored to be a part of this special group, and thank you, President Richards, for that lovely introduction. It was the second best introduction I’ve received of late, actually. I went to speak a few weeks ago to a place and the person who was to introduce me didn’t show up. So I introduced myself.  Actually, it was quite sensational, as I made myself look very well indeed.

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Elder Gary L. Crittenden

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"Cornerstones of a Successful Career"

Cornerstones of a Successful Career 

There’s just such a wonderful feeling here this morning. In fact, I would have been happy to just sit there and allow the Spirit to work on us for a while. But it’s a real treat for Cathy and for me to have the chance to be here with you. As I look out and see you, it causes me to think about the time in our lives when we were at about your same age. We were down at BYU, and I got married about 18 months after I got home from my mission. And Cathy and I were—as most people at BYU were—absolutely dirt-poor and poverty-stricken. So I worked full time in a clothing store in the University Mall to kind of help pay our way through school and try to save some money for graduate school. And the combination of working full time plus going to school full time created the kind of busy schedule that I’m sure each one of you have that are here today.

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Elder David S. Baxter

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"Shield of David Offers Guidelines for Disciples"

Shield of David Offers Guidelines for Disciples

Dear Fellow Disciples,

I am immensely grateful for this opportunity to be with you; just to be in your presence, in this historic location, is inspiring.

This building, the second to be constructed on Temple Square, after the Tabernacle, was completed in 1879.  It is something of a Gothic cathedral, laid out in cruciform style, using stones from the same quarry as those for the adjacent temple.  Prophets and apostles have spoken from this pulpit, and above each entrance we find a Star of David motif.

The Star of David, long established as the symbol of Judaism, the Children of Israel, and thus the State of Israel, is also known as “The Shield of David,” a term used to denote the God of Israel.

Today, I will use the concept of “The Shield of David” and its six points as the reference of my remarks.

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John E. Bennion

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"Remarkable Life Illustrates the Power of Hope"

Remarkable Life Illustrates the Power of Hope 

What beautiful music. I think it’s a pleasure to be here. I’m still pretty nervous. Since the Cosmo thing came up, I’m glad to have a little rebuttal. Remember when I was doing that I was down at Arizona State in Phoenix. They were still in the same conference as BYU. I was out there doing my thing before the game started, and there was some guy sitting under the basket, and he motioned for me to come over. And so, “Oh, okay. Go fraternize with the enemy.” Turned out, he said, “Hey, I went to BYU, and guess what? Five years ago, I was Cosmo the Cougar.”

      And I said, “Oh, that’s nice.” And I thought in my mind, I said, “Boy, I hope this guy gets a life.  You know, when I’m old I hope I’m talking about something other than Cosmo.” And, here we are, over 40 years later, and we’re still talking about Cosmo, and it was one of the great, fun things that I did.

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