Winter 2012

Living a Balanced Life Brings Happiness

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Living a Balanced Life Brings Happiness By: Robert F. Orton

Living a Balanced Life Brings Happiness

 
What a pleasure to be here. I’m thrilled when I meet with young people, and older people as well. I was with my wife in St. George last weekend, presiding at a college stake, and just a few months ago I was in Idaho Falls, Idaho, reorganizing the stake presidency at a student stake at Idaho State University. I must admit that meeting with the young single adults and young married adults has been a great pleasure for me. I thoroughly enjoy that.
I’d like to read a couplet from William Butler Yeats’ classic poem, “The Second Coming.”
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
This was a poem written by Yeats in 1920, and is very apropos today.
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You May Know the Truth of All Things

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You May Know the Truth of All Things By: Glenn L. Pace

You May Know the Truth of All Things

 
Well, it’s a pleasure to be here.
As was mentioned, business is my background. Recently, President Hinckley called me, in addition to other things, to be the chairman of the Church Audit Committee.
He asked, “You’re a CPA, aren’t you?”
And I said, “Well, yeah.”
And he said, “Have you kept up with it?”
And I said, “No.”
And he said, “All right, get caught up. You’re called.”
I left my CPA occupation 35 years ago on purpose, and didn’t think I’d ever need it again after I was called to be a “man of the cloth,” and then this happened. So I may be sitting in some of your classes with you the next little while, because I’ve made a determination, at 67 years of age, to get my CPA certificate current again. And I don’t know if I could ever pass another test again if I had to. But if you see me in your class, that’s why.
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College: More than Papers, Tests and Grades

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College: More than Papers, Tests and Grades By: Carolyn S. Brown

College: More than Papers, Tests and Grades


Thank you, Brother Richards, for that introduction. Now students, did you notice, that the most important part was at the end? The recognition of my David, my husband, my eternal companion.
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As a Son and Daughter of God, You Are of Great Worth

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As a Son and Daughter of God, You Are of Great Worth By: McClain Bybee

As a Son and Daughter of God, You Are of Great Worth

 
As I thought about this talk, my mind went back to last November. Some of you may have had the same experience that we did, and that was that my family decided that we would try to go out and see if we could see the comet “Holmes.” It was located just up here about that direction by the constellation Cassiopeia. Late one evening we went into our back yard to look into the night sky, away from the lights of the neighborhood.
At first we used just our natural eyes to look for this comet. Finally, we located what appeared to be a fuzzy blur in the dark night sky. Then my son suggested that we use our binoculars. Looking through the binoculars, we could see the comet with a little more definition against the darkness of space, but still not clear. And then he said to us, “Hey, let’s use a military night-light scope that I have.”
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Ears to Hear

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Ears to Hear By: Sandra Rogers

Ears to Hear

 Progressively over the last few years I have lost more and more of my hearing.  I wasn’t surprised when this happened because my father and two grandmothers also lost much of their hearing in later years.  It’s another evidence of aging, like bifocals, and I feel blessed to be alive in an era when I can use two little gadgets that you can’t even see, rather than a huge ear trumpet, in order to hear.  Other changes have marked this transition for me.  I sit closer to the pulpit in sacrament meeting and closer to the teacher in Sunday School.  I miss important dialogue in movies.  I miss pieces of conversations.  I feel I have to limit the number of times I say “excuse me,” “pardon me” or “what” so I don’t frustrate family members, friends, or colleagues. 
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What Does It Mean to Be Successful?

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What Does It Mean to Be Successful? By: John K. Carmack

What Does It Mean to Be Successful?

We not only want every graduate to succeed in life,but we also want you to feel that success deep inside of yourselves and understand what it means to be successful. Recently I attended the funeral of one of my closest friends who died in a sudden accident. Family, friends, and those people whose lives my friend had touched deeply packed the stake center. Unlike many of us, he had expressed his love constantly to his children and grandchildren. He had a strong reputation among his professional colleges. Many came to pay their respects. He had served the people of Latin America as a mission president. He left those people infinitely better for his wise and energetic service. His missionaries traveled long distances to honor their great president and his wife, a full companion in that mission. He loved and trusted and taught them.
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The True Measure of Success

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The True Measure of Success  By: Roger Christensen

The True Measure of Success 


My wife has done a remarkable job with our children. We have eleven children and she has done a wonderful thing in teaching all of them how to cook and so, as our sons have left home and gone away to college, at least two of the three that have left home of the boys know how to make bread. They would make bread but would be to busy studying so their roommates would take it to the girls and really impress them. They had a lot of girls just hanging out at their apartments. Guys, if you want to learn how to make bread, I'd suggest that that's a pretty good way to meet others.
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Seeing Things as They Really Are

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Seeing Things as They Really Are By: Barry R. Norton

Seeing Things as They Really Are

Thank you very much. Thank you for being here—great faith and trust. Brother Tuttle, would you do me a favor, please? My sweetheart couldn’t make it—would you assume her role for a little today? I say that because Brother Tuttle is from—his family is from the same area that my sweetheart grew up in. So at the appropriate time, start doing this, all right? So that I’ll know where we are.
Brothers and sisters, I hope that you believe those hymns that were rendered. I am a child of God—I hope you believe that.
My children—that concerned the first hymn there—they did not believe that in their early years. I could tell that because they changed the words. “I am a child of God, and He has sent me here, has given me an earthly home with parents kind of weird. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me.” That’s a plea to Heavenly Father, not to me as a parent.
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Learning from Life’s Lessons

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Learning from Life’s Lessons By: Allen J. Muhlestein

Learning from Life’s Lessons

 
This is an interesting and very humbling experience to stand before you, and thanks, President Woodhouse, and to your staff, for making me feel at home. Well, my mother would be proud to hear that as she sits in a rest home in Brigham City. She always said that I may be able to accomplish something.
It’s been 40 years since I walked the halls of LDS Business College. We didn’t have the facilities that you have now. We did not have individual computers. We had paper, pens, pencils, carbon paper, typewriters. We used these columnar pads—not the spread sheets that you have now, but actual paper—columnar pads. Yes, the College has changed. Its location and curriculum have changed. But the spirit of helping and the education still abounds, as it has in the past.
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A Wise and Understanding Heart

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A Wise and Understanding Heart By: Vaughn J. Featherstone

A Wise and Understanding Heart


In 1st Kings, chapter 3, we read,
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
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You Are Called to Stand up and Stand Out

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You Are Called to Stand up and Stand Out By: President J. Lawrence Richards

You Are Called to Stand up and Stand Out

Let me share with you something Elder Paul V. Johnson stated here in 2009 at our commencement. He is our commissioner of Church education and he said: “There are no better days than these days, because ‘these are [your] days’ (Helaman 7:9). You are here on earth at this time for a reason. You have what it takes … You have skills, knowledge, and natural talents given you from God. [And] if you live righteously, you will have access to the inspiration and strength you will need to triumph over [every] challenge [you may face]. You will have the protection of a worthy life, guidance from the Lord through the Holy Ghost … prophets, seers, and revelators, and the power of sacred promises that are yours because you keep covenants.” (LDS Business College commencement address, April 2009)

 

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Strive to Savor the Things of God

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Strive to Savor the Things of God By: Elder Keith R. Edwards

Strive to Savor the Things of God

I need to make a little bit of a disclaimer. I appreciate the opening prayer that was offered, and I always want to speak by the Spirit. But it’s also important that you hear by the Spirit, and that’s why you have your books. And I am grateful you have those. Elder Bednar made an observation once when teaching the general authorities. He said, “If all you hear today are the words that I speak, then our time has been wasted.” And I would echo that. The real teacher here today will be the Spirit, and you can learn, even if my words aren’t in harmony with what you are thinking. And don’t worry about that. Just go with the Spirit and don’t pay too much attention to me if we go in different directions.
I think I need to make something of a disclaimer to start with.
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Try a ‘Front-Line’ Approach in Sharing the Gospel

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Try a ‘Front-Line’ Approach in Sharing the Gospel By: Clayton Christensen

Try a ‘Front-Line’ Approach in Sharing the Gospel

I thought I would start by going back in my own life. When I was a young man, just barely married, I was serving as a counselor to our bishop in the Cambridge First Ward in the Boston Stake. And I was magnifying my calling as best I could. We had a massive ward that took over about half of Boston at the time. I was studying the scriptures every day, I was praying diligently, and yet as time passed, I just felt the Spirit in my life less and less, especially when I compared with how I felt the Spirit on almost a minute-by-minute basis as a missionary. And I just didn’t feel it. So I decided I’d better double down and spend more of my time trying to magnify my calling and reading the scriptures and praying more diligently. And yet, I just couldn’t seem to stop that slide.
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Be Patient, Exercise Faith to Find Your Calling in Life

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Be Patient, Exercise Faith to Find Your Calling in Life By: Jeffery Thompson

Be Patient, Exercise Faith to Find Your Calling in Life

Once upon a time, there was a student who was very confused about her future. She felt unsettled in her major, and she wasn’t sure what job she wanted to pursue. So she went to the temple and prayed about it, and she got a clear answer and knew what to do. She went back to school and changed her major, completed it, found a dream job, and lived happily ever after. This story is a fairy tale. It never happened.
How many of you—I’d love to see a raise of hands—know precisely what you want to do professionally? A fair number of hands. How many of you feel a lot of stress because you don’t know what you want to do with your career? So maybe even a few more hands there. Now it may not be surprising that so many of you are still a little confused about where you are heading.
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Strive to Learn in the Lord’s Way

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Strive to Learn in the Lord’s Way By: Brent Cherrington

Strive to Learn in the Lord’s Way

The subject that I have chosen to speak on today, and let’s see if we can make the technology work—it’s a miracle—is learning the Lord’s way. I don’t profess to know the Lord’s way; this is my interpretation of the Lord’s way. This is something that we do here at the College that you hear a lot about, and I thought that I would give you what I think is a scriptural perspective on learning the Lord’s way.
Certainly, the learning model is an inspired direction for learning here at the College, and you hear a lot about it in your classes from your instructors. But as I look through this myself, I realize that there is a lot of scriptural basis in the learning model. The first step, we know, is prepare. One of the first steps I think you need to do is to learn how to learn. Maybe some of you know how to learn, and maybe some of you don’t.
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Love, Accept Those Not Of Our Faith

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Love, Accept Those Not Of Our Faith By: Scott Newman

Love, Accept Those Not of Our Faith

President, everybody up here, I’m a little nervous. . . . In keeping with the learning model, let’s get some class participation here, and I won’t be so nervous. I want you to stand up if what I ask applies to you, and then you can sit back down. We’ll do this for a bit, and see if you can follow.
 
 
You are from outside the state of Utah. Good, thank you. You are currently dating or have dated another student at the college. All right. They get tougher, so… You are left-handed. Okay. Now be honest here—this will separate you. You’ve read all the Twilight books. Okay.
 
 
Okay, now, these are two of my favorite things in all the world—chocolate milk and Twinkies. Okay, so here we go.
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The Miracle of the Word

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The Miracle of the Word By: Allan M. Gunnerson

The Miracle of the Word

After this semester I will have concluded forty years of teaching seminary and institute, almost all of which has been in the institute program. I love teaching and being around young single adults and young marrieds. Over the years I’ve taught in Utah, New Mexico, and California. In approaching the close of my full-time teaching career, I went back and reviewed the approximate number of students and classes I’ve taught. At the end of this semester, I will have taught the scriptures to nearly 6,500 students during nearly 16,000 hours in the classroom. Both numbers would have been larger if I had not spent time in administrative assignments.
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Salt Lake Temple Fulfills Biblical Prophecy

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Salt Lake Temple Fulfills Biblical Prophecy By: O. Claron Alldredge Jr.

Salt Lake Temple Fulfills Biblical Prophecy

I want to share an experience that I had with regard to the opening hymn today [“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah”]. This hymn has special significance to me now. It was interesting and touching to me that this was the opening hymn. When we were called to this assignment, one of the things that happened was that we had a temple presidents seminar held in the Salt Lake Temple for all the new temple presidents that were called this last fall. And about the middle of October we had a seminar in the Salt Lake Temple. One of the privileges and blessings of that seminar is that on Thursday night, we had a special concert given by the Tabernacle Choir in the Tabernacle for the new temple presidents that had been called.  So we all went to the Tabernacle and sat there in the Tabernacle while the Tabernacle Choir sang a special concert to us.
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Develop Image Management as a Life Skill

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Develop Image Management as a Life Skill By: Judith Rasband

Develop Image Management as a Life Skill

I was delighted when I received this invitation to speak at the LDS Business College devotional on the topics of dress and image in preparation for your professions. This is a perfect platform for blending the topics of self-branding, corporate or business branding, and spiritual branding. But at the same time, I have to let you know I was terrified. With decades of preparation, I have 18 rooms at my school full of files and materials that I use in teaching at our school. I can speak nonstop for days or weeks on the topic of the art and science of personal professional dress image.
But from among all of that, what would Heavenly Father have me say today? What do you students, faculty and administrators need to hear or to learn or to take away from today for the rest of your lives? What should be my focus? How should I organize it?
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