Winter 2013

Pres. J. Lawrence Richards

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Just for Today

Just for Today

 

You just have no idea how good you are, nor do you know how much the Lord loves you. Nor do you know the depth of the meaning of the hymn we just sang. It’s one that can be plumbed and mined deeply, and in a little bit, you’ll know why we chose that hymn today.

 

Brother Nelson likes to set very high standards, and so he said you look good, but we’ll work on “great.” Tuesday is devotional day and a great day to look your best. It’s a day to show your Father in Heaven, by the way you dress, that you appreciate the blessings He has given you here at the College. That’s why I dress up for Him every day, and for you.

 

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Elder O. Vincent Haleck

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Preparing the Needful Things

Preparing the Needful Things

Brothers and Sisters and students of this fine institution of higher learning and experience, consider that we are now at the beginning of another year and the opportunities that are ours.   Consider what our 2012 was and what we can do to seize upon the opportunities that will be ours this year to grow and progress.  You are here to learn and in that learning prepare for your future lives.  Through your academic studies you are acquiring some general knowledge and specific knowledge that will be foundational and fundamental to your fields of study and perhaps your future professions.   In the process of your education, you are developing needed critical thinking skills that will be for your good and will help you to make wise and correct choices.  
How you will meet your future and its challenges and blessings will be determined in some measure by how well you prepare today.
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Matthew S. Holland

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In Your Wilderness, Rely on the Lord

In Your Wilderness, Rely on the Lord

I’m just so impressed as I look out over this audience at how many women are here today. This is such a great thing. It reminds me of one of my favorite medical stories about the family who was tending to one of their family members who needed a brain transplant. It was a very serious kind of operation, and they were meeting with the doctor, who was explaining the science behind it and the procedure, and took them through all the risks and all the things that would happen, and then said, “Well, we’re now to the point where you get to choose the brain that is transplanted, and you should know that male brains are $50,000 and female brains are $25,000.”

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Sis. Julie B. Beck

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After Sacrifice Comes the Blessings

After Sacrifice Comes the Blessings

Thank you so much for that beautiful music and for the spirit that has brought to this meeting, and thank you for your preparation and the extra time that you take in order to prepare those kinds of things for the rest of us to enjoy the Spirit. President Richards has been a good friend of mine. We were assigned to the Board of Education at about the same time—I think I was a little bit ahead of him. But we had some wonderful parking-lot conversations, on the way back to our offices—his office was right past my door, so often we would reflect on things we heard in those meetings with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, and some of the decisions that were made. And I really appreciated President Richards’ friendship there.
You have to know that most of the time, always in executive meetings, I was the only girl in the room.
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James S. Jardine

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Earnestly Seek the Reality of Discipleship

Earnestly Seek the Reality of Discipleship

I want to tell you what a privilege and an honor it is to speak here. I’m going to really have to work hard on my peripheral vision to look at the whole audience, but I appreciate very much President Richards’ introduction. We actually were bishops together in the same building, and so I can say from firsthand experience over the 40 years that President Richards is an endless wellspring of faith and love and cheerfulness. He is about the most cheerful person that I’ve ever met. And you’re very lucky to be in his hands.
I have come to appreciate what a special place this is because, three times a week when I come home, my wife tells me about the wonderful experiences she has and how much she learns from watching you care for each other.
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Harold C. Brown

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Service and Sacrifice Enrich our Lives

Service and Sacrifice Enrich our Lives

With the introduction and some of those thoughts, it reminded me of the first prayer I offered as a missionary, up in a little town called Eagle Butte, South Dakota. My missionary companion … they were just opening that mission, and so there were a lot of us young elders coming out and being put with missionaries that had just been there a short time. So my companion had been out for 30 long days, and I became his companion. And he didn’t know very much, but I knew a lot less than him. And here we were together on this Indian reservation, and I stepped out of the little shuttle that took me up to that town after the mission president had given us a little orientation, and he said, “We have an appointment over at the jailhouse.”

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David L. Frischknecht

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Listen Carefully to Our Living Prophets

Listen Carefully to Our Living Prophets

Brothers and sisters, I’m grateful to be here today.  I want to speak today about the opportunities and blessings of listening to and heeding the voice of our living prophet and apostles. We have the blessing—really the matchless blessing, and maybe we take it for granted sometimes—of living our whole lives on the world at a time when there is a living prophet of the living God, who the Prophet Joseph Smith referred to as “a legal administrator” for the kingdom of God on the earth.” (See Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, [1976], p. 274.)  

The Lord said, speaking of His servants: “And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.” (D&C 68:4)

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Richard B. Kinnersley

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Worthiness Brings Power in the Priesthood

Worthiness Brings Power in the Priesthood

Dear brothers and sisters, I’m grateful for this opportunity to be with you today. I acknowledge and express my love and gratitude to two of your wonderful bishops who are seated here on the stand—Bishop Moritsen and Bishop Jensen, who I was blessed to serve with. I know that they love you, and I hope that you are enjoying your opportunity to get acquainted with them.

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