Summer 2016

A Future Greater than You Can Imagine

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A Future Greater than You Can Imagine By: Rosemary Wixom

A Future Greater Than You Can Imagine

Thank you. That was powerful. And it was powerful to be a part of it. I’m grateful to be here today, speaking to you today under the direction of President J. Lawrence Richards, and grateful to be here with President and Sister Richards, who share this podium.

Since our daughter Elizabeth taught here at one time, at LDS Business College, the LDS Business College is legendary in our home. She once taught Interior Design and our family has felt an allegiance to your school ever since. I’m also grateful that next week you get to hear from Sister Sharon Eubank. I want you to know I was her third grade teacher. Now she was incredible in third grade, but wait till you see her now. You’ll want to be here next Tuesday morning.

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To Guard and Nurture Your Testimony

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To Guard and Nurture Your Testimony By: Matthew J. Eyring

To Guard and Nurture Your Testimony

Thank you so much for that beautiful music, and for your preparation. I am grateful for President Richards and for this kind administration. Even as I have been here just these few short minutes for you, there is a wonderful spirit of kindness and faithfulness. As I watched each of you walk in in preparation for not just this devotional, but for every one that you attend. And that song (“I Am Called by Thy Name”) was perfect to me because as I meet you, I know that you are called by His name.

In prayerfully preparing for this talk, I’ve tried to keep a picture of you in my mind—where you’ve come from, your current stage of life at LDS Business College, and perhaps some of your hopes and dreams for the future. While each of you are distinct individuals, there are at least a few important things that you all have in common.

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End of Semester Devotional

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 By: President Larry Richards

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for the music, and from Alan and Brailee—that was wonderful. Did you notice Stephanie’s mom and dad up here, the Jencks? How do you know that they are parents? Because they had their phones out and were filming their daughter. And they’re sitting as close to their daughter as they can sit and not be too conspicuous. But I hope you’re listening. Parents, as close to their daughter as they can be without being conspicuous, smiling at talents that have been developed, gifts that have been given, making a record. All of you who have ears to hear, do you get it? Do you hear me? No, you don’t, do you—yet. Do you get what I’m saying? How many don’t get it? I’ll go slower.

There are Heavenly Parents as close to you as they can be without being conspicuous, smiling at the talents that you have developed and making a record. I testify that that is the case for Stephanie and for you and for me. Heavenly Parents.

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We All Have Stories About Jesus

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We All Have Stories About Jesus By: Janine Green

We All Have Stories About Jesus

There are few things that could really get me to sit down and cry like a baby more than beautiful music. That was heavenly. Thank you.

I came in and sat down this morning, and I had a memory in this building, and I really had not remembered it until I came here. I recall sometime back in the dark ages when I was a little girl, I recall helping my father lay out—I think they were programs or little sheets of music for stake conference in this building. I remember, especially right about where you are sitting, I remember this area, and I had forgotten that I had—I’ve been in this building many times, but I had forgotten that until I sat from this vantage point, I guess, and it came back to me. So that’s how old this building is, at least that old.

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Hearken unto the Word of God

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Hearken unto the Word of God By: Elder Samuel W. Clark, Jr.

Hearken unto the Word of God

Good morning, my dear brothers and sisters and friends. What a glorious morning! Thank you for coming to this beautiful, holy, and sacred building to be a part of this devotional today. For those who are visiting here on Temple Square and have joined us, we also welcome you and hope you enjoy the Spirit that has been invited here this morning. I’m grateful for the warm welcome and the generous introduction from your beloved President Richards. What a great friend, what a great example he has been to Elizabeth and myself and our family for many, many years. I am grateful for his sweet companion as well. I’m grateful for your administration and your faculty, and for each of you making a special decision to come and to feel of the spirit that is associated with the LDS Business College, to be educated and to learn those things that are important in your lives and that will make all the difference as you go forward in the future.

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We are the Salt of the Earth

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We are the Salt of the Earth By: Sharon Eubank

We Are the Salt of the Earth

My companion Brianne leaned over to me, and she said, “There is a special spirit in the room.” And there is. Thank you for bringing it. I appreciate specifically the music—these beautiful texts out of Isaiah have really set the tone for me today, and I really am excited to be with you.

You probably listened to Sister Wixom last week, and I know that she said that I was coming. I don’t know if she told you that she was my third grade teacher. She only taught for one year, and I was in her class. She was exactly the way she is now—she was so loving to kids that were throwing up and throwing food, and we were third graders, and she was wonderful to us. And in a lot of ways, she reminds me of the way I feel about the Savior Jesus Christ, because, you know, in all of the childish things we do, He still loves us. And He sort of reminds me of Sister Wixom.

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Seeing with Eyes of Faith

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Seeing with Eyes of Faith By: Camille Fronk Olson

Seeing with Eyes of Faith

Thank you for such a warm welcome. Even though I cannot identify one individual who still works here or is associated with this college that was here when I was employed 24 years ago, I’m still treated like family. Thank you. And what a nice touch to have Brother James here to greet me. I just have to tell you, at a time as I had just returned from my full-time mission and was being considered for a full-time job teaching seminary—I would be the only woman teaching seminary in the Church at the time. There were plenty of others to be naysayers. I remember Brother James took me under his wing, and he saw potential in a young woman being able to teach from the scriptures and maybe make a difference in somebody’s life. I have never forgotten that and will always have a very tender spot in my heart for Brother Rhett James.

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The Parable of the Pencil

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The Parable of the Pencil By: President J. Lawrence Richards

The Parable of the Pencil

Thank you, Ben and Kyri [musical number]. Well, I hope you’ve learned something so far today from the music and from Ashley. I’m sad today. I’ll tell you why I’m sad—I’m sick, and this is the first time since we’ve been in this building that I haven’t been able to stand at the door and shake your hand. And so I feel a little void today, because you lift me up.

So I wonder if we can just—let’s do a group handshake, okay? I’ll put my right hand out; will you put your right hand out, please? And just…okay, thanks very much. I feel better. Thank you.

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Stand in Holy Places

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Stand in Holy Places By: Dean Garner

Stand in Holy Places

That musical number was absolutely beautiful, and we could probably just all go home, and we would be edified. Aubrey, thank you; that was wonderful. And I loved the comments of both the prayer from Anna and Kaitlyn’s testimony, which basically says why we are really here—to be taught by the Spirit. And certainly the Spirit was brought to us as a result of the musical number.

Today as you saw me sitting up here next to my wife, Lisa, you’re probably wondering how in the world was he so lucky. That would be a real question to ask yourself. I ask myself that often, and I am so grateful that she could be with us today and I’m grateful for her support always in my life—not just in this, but in every aspect.

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Surrender Your Will to the Lord and Trust in His Love for You

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Surrender Your Will to the Lord and Trust in His Love for You By: Jenny Oaks Baker

Surrender Your Will to the Lord and Trust in His Love for You

Hello, brothers and sisters. I am really thrilled to be here with you this morning. It’s always a joy to be able to perform with my children and be able to teach them to serve through the talents they have been given. We love to start by performing “Amazing Grace.”

[Musical Number: “Amazing Grace,” Olney Hymns (1779), no. 41.]

I know that Jesus Christ is the life and light of the world.[1] We will find spiritual safety, joy, and contentment as we follow Him and His teachings. This morning I will speak about four vital aspects involved in fully anchoring ourselves to Christ: cultivating our spirituality, understanding our identity as children of God, striving to live a consecrated life, and developing faith in Christ. As we strive to incorporate these values into our lives, I testify that we will find true peace and happiness in this life and the life to come.

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