Winter 2009

Elder Richard E. Cook

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The Future Is Ahead, and We Must Prepare for It

The Future Is Ahead, and We Must Prepare for It

Good morning.  This is a very intimate setting. Generally when I have spoken to students, they’ve been a bit farther away.  But I find this very, very appealing. Now, typically when I start to talk, I don’t announce the title of my talk. But I want to do it here, because I want to change it. I just heard something that I was really impressed with. The title that I had chosen until three minutes ago was “Prepare Yourself to Be a Leader.” But I loved the quote from President Monson: “The future is ahead; we must prepare for it.” Isn’t that wonderful?  The future is ahead, and we must prepare for it. And I hope that what I have to say here, at least some of the things I have to say, will help you prepare for the future.

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Elder Kenneth Johnson

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Life Is God’s Gift to Man. What We Do with It Is Our Gift to God

Life Is God’s Gift to Man. What We Do with It Is Our Gift to God. 

 

Thank you. Isn’t life exciting? Well, three of you think so. That’s pretty good. As you learned from my introduction, I’m a product of the female finding and fellowshipping program of the Church, and I’m proud of it. Let me tell you something about my life, because I feel my experience can help you as you stand on the threshold of a great future—a wonderful opportunity that is yours.

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Robert Millet

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We Are Here to Become More Christ-Centered

We Are Here to Become More Christ-Centered

 

I heard President Harold B. Lee on more than one occasion say that, in his many years of ministry in the Church, the most effective teaching and preaching was always accompanied by beautiful and inspiring music, and I want to thank these young people for the beautiful testimony of the Savior they have borne to us today, which sets a marvelous foundation—sets the stage for us to consider that a little further.

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Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone

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Love—the Greatest Gift We Can Give

Love—the Greatest Gift We Can Give

 

The introduction by President Richards reminded me of the man who was introduced in California as having made a million dollars on oil in California. And after the speaker stood up, he said, “Well, that was essentially correct, but it wasn’t California; it was Pennsylvania. And it wasn’t oil; it was coal. And it wasn’t a million dollars; it was a hundred thousand dollars. And he didn’t make it; he lost it. And it wasn’t me; it was my brother.” So I’m glad you feel that way, when they introduce you. You wonder how well they know you.

While I was up at Utah State, I was the temple president at Logan, so I met a lot of young students. And one young man lamented up at Utah State,

I asked my girl to wed,

And she said, ‘Go to my father.’

Now, she knew that I knew

That her father was dead,

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J. Larry Richards

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What Is Your Personal Brand? 

What Is Your Personal Brand? 

 

Preparing our Hearts to Receive

I am humbled by this opportunity to speak and have felt the pressure of knowing that you are expecting me to have something to say. I have faith in the promise found in D&C 43:15-16. It suggests that if a teacher or speaker has done his/her best to sanctify themselves then they will be “endowed with power” sufficient to “give even as the [Lord] has spoken.”

Because of that I plead for the Spirit to help me and plead that you would plead for the Spirit to help us both – that I might speak by the Spirit and that you will receive by the Spirit so that in the words of Elder Maxwell, “the Spirit will arc between us so there is rapid and shared understanding.”

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Craig V. Nelson

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Take off Your Sunglasses: Embracing Light to Discover Truth

Take off Your Sunglasses: Embracing Light to Discover Truth

A number of years ago we had a student on campus who was enthralled with the power of evil. She had spent a long time studying what she saw as a pervasive and strong force that comes from the dark side. Talking with her reminded me of a scene in a Star Wars movie. You know the one. Near the end of that movie, the villain says to our young hero Luke Skywalker, “Only now at the end do you understand the power of the dark side.” Then the villain zaps our Luke with electric bolts that come out of his finger tips. The young student I talked with espoused that same philosophy. She believed that by studying the dark you could better understand the light. Her idea was that the contrast helped you better appreciate the good. 

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Thomas Mumford

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"You Are Your Secrets"

You Are Your Secrets

It’s an honor to be asked to speak, only because there’s a responsibility that we have, and as you’ve made a choice to be here, and I have prayed that you might receive something of value from what I say.

I want to begin by talking about Brother Evans’ talk last week on technology. Have you ever noticed how everything nowadays comes with an owner’s manual? In the old days, you just got a watch, and you could just pull out the little stem, you could twist it a few times to wind it up, you could set the time and go about your business. But now you’ve got to have an owner’s manual to set the dual time and the alarm and all the different stopwatch functions and what-have-you, and all the buttons on the sides. Without your owner’s manual, you can’t even work your watch. Isn’t that right?

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