Winter 2011

President J. Lawrence Richards

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The Covenant of the Fertile Field

The Covenant of the Fertile Field

Charlotte, thank you. That was beautiful. What a talent. [A student had just played “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” as a piano solo.] I hope you all had a chance to think about that event. I did. You know, our Church rises and falls on that event. It either happened or it didn’t happen. If it didn’t happen, we’re just having a good time. We could probably have a better time, but we’re just having a really good time. But brothers and sisters, it did happen. Joseph Smith did kneel. He did go, querying two things to his Father in Heaven: first was his standing before the Lord, and the second had to do with the great question that we all know about, which church he should join. And so it happened, and thank you Charlotte for letting us reflect and ponder on that event.

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Elder Kevin W. Pearson

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Choose Happiness by Choosing to Follow the Spirit

Choose Happiness by Choosing to Follow the Spirit

I’m delighted to be with you this morning, brothers and sisters. I’ve been looking forward to this assignment for some time, and it’s wonderful to be here with you. I’ve been looking forward to it because I know some of you, and it’s good to see your faces again.
I appreciate that opening prayer; that is my prayer, that the Holy Ghost will be here. I prayed that the Holy Ghost would be here with me today, and with you, because, as was spoken, the Holy Ghost is really the teacher. And if the Holy Ghost is here, and if your minds and hearts are open to it, you will get what you need no matter what I talk about.
I appreciated President Richards’ introduction.
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G. Andrew Barfuss

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Stand Steadfast and Immovable

Stand Steadfast and Immovable

I’m hoping today that I can say a few things that would be especially suited to each of you. As President Richards mentioned, I was called as a bishop last August in my home ward, and prior to that I was serving in a bishopric in a singles ward at the University of Utah. I served there for a few years and just absolutely loved that experience, the feeling of the energy and enthusiasm and sharing some of the grief and worries and anxieties of your life as you are at an important crossroads. As President Richards was talking about the bishop, it reminded me of a story about a bishop who was newly called.
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Allan M. Gunnerson

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Nothing in Between: Putting the Savior First in Your Life

Nothing in Between: Putting the Savior First in Your Life

I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you this morning.  I am honored to have my wife, Vicki, present.  She is an inspiration to me, and I love her very much.  As with me, I hope you will also marry above yourselves.
 I’ve enjoyed teaching at the college.  After teaching at other institutes of religion, most recently and for quite a few years at the University of Utah, I was convinced that coming here would not be as rewarding.  I was wrong.  In recalling my many years of teaching, I treasure this at or near the top.  Teaching about our faith and the doctrines is heaven on earth.  When I add to that those of you who come to class having prepared by reading and writing, it’s a privilege.  I hope you never slack in taking advantage of your schooling and by getting the most from your religion classes.  We have here a faculty of six full-time and sixteen part-time
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Brent Cherrington

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Follow-through is Vital in All Aspects of Life

Follow-Through Is Vital in All Aspects of Life

Brothers and sisters, I am humbled by this assignment to speak to you.  I have made it a matter of prayer to know on which subject I should speak.  It is apparent by the answer that this subject will be as much a value to me as it may be to you, perhaps even more.
In many sports, especially those involving hitting, throwing or kicking a ball, it is not just connecting with the ball that is important, but just as important is the follow-through. 
I am a lousy golfer, even though I can hit the ball almost every time.  I like to blame it on being left-handed and golfing right-handed, but that is not the real problem.  It is what happens as I hit the ball where the problem starts.  I’m told that I don’t rotate my hips correctly, continue my swing, and several other problems.  In any case, the ball always seems to take a dramatic arc to t
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Brian Taylor

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Faith and Obedience Lead to Deliverance

Faith and Obedience Lead to Deliverance

It’s an honor for my wife, Jill, and me to be here today. We love this age. In fact, when we sat down, she said, “Don’t you just love the feeling of this age?” And I wish, or we wish, that you could see you like we see you, as the future. Sometimes life is difficult and you face great challenges. You have a lot of concerns. Sometimes I call this a “fast-paced, rat race, first place, in-your-face type of a world.” So we know a little bit about what’s going on, although I’m 46, so I think I’m right in the middle of the road. I’m looking that way, and I’m looking back this way at the youth, and as I look out and see my parents out here, I would just like to say I was born of goodly parents.
One other impression that came, and there will probably be two or three of you that will do this, in Alma 30, Korihor comes in.
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Steven C. Wheelwright

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"Set Worthy Goals"

Set Worthy Goals

Good morning. It's wonderful to see you all. In Hawaii, we have a little tradition, and that is, when you start, you start by saying "Aloha." [Audience says "Aloha"] You are terrific.
 
I have looked forward to this very much. As President Richards mentioned, we have the opportunity to meet regularly at our board meetings and executive committee meetings here, and I've been fascinated to learn more about LDS Business College. What President Richards probably doesn't know is that one of our daughters attended here. Our second daughter, after graduating from BYU–Provo with a degree in economics, married a young man who was going to become a doctor, and she decided that she needed to have a backup way of earning some money for the family, so she came and got a certificate in medical transcription. I asked her what her thoughts were about that this morning.
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Heidi S. Swinton

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"President Monson Speaks to You and Me Individually"

President Monson Speaks to You and Me Individually

I want to begin today by talking about a scripture I read just recently in Jacob. It points us to a very important principle.
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Robert Dellenbach

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"The Human Spirit Yearns to Be Free"

The Human Spirit Yearns to Be Free

Most of us have been stirred by the recent news of the events going on in the Middle East, where millions of persons have been involved in civil unrest and revolt against regimes that have ruled over them for decades. It is hard to imagine how quickly the voice of freedom can rally disparate souls in seeking a release from the chains that bind them. The simplest act of one individual who could no longer tolerate the coarse rule of a corrupt and jaded regime ignited a flame that is spreading from town to town and from country to country.
 
Cell phones are abuzz. We see the news and radio about sacrifice, about blood, and about death. And our hearts go out to those who are struggling and fighting and dying.
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Lois Smart

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"Emulate the Examples of Righteous Women"

Emulate the Examples of Righteous Women

What a great place to be, and what beautiful music and a sweet spirit I feel today. We have a little bit of a connection here, because our daughter Mary Katherine came here a year ago. She graduated from high school a little bit early and decided she wanted to continue with school, so she came here to LDS Business College, and what a great place and a great time, great teachers—she had a wonderful time.
 
I have been asked today to speak on the critical roles of mother. I immediately think of my own mother and her example of motherhood. It’s hard to speak of my mother, though, without my father; so men, I want you to know that fatherhood is every bit as important, and without you, we would not be mothers. It’s a partnership.
 
My mother is a young 88-year-old.
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