Winter 2014

Adopt Habits that Lead to Success

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Adopt Habits that Lead to Success By: Stephen W. Gibson

Adopt Habits That Lead to Success

 Wow. It’s really great to be with you. It’s exciting to be here. This is a devotional, however, and the word was I was supposed to be myself, so I don’t exactly feel it a conflict, but I hope that in the next few minutes that we do laugh just a little bit, and we have just a little fun together. I won’t say anything that will embarrass anybody, but I just might as well start right now. I did not realize—I didn’t really get the memo—I noticed as I was sitting here and said to … you know, that I was supposed to wear my most professional dress on Tuesday. I didn’t even wear a dress. And you know, I apologize for that. I just didn’t get that message.

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Strive to Have Companionship of the Spirit

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Strive to Have Companionship of the Spirit By: Elder Marlin K. Jensen

Strive to Have Companionship of the Spirit 

Good morning. What a lucky fellow I feel I am, this morning, to be here with you in this beautiful historic building, to be blessed by Jared’s insights about being a friend, and then this exceptional choir and an overly generous introduction by your wonderful president. I can do nothing but fall flat, frankly, after that. But this is good for my soul. You know, I’ve been emeritus now for a year, so I’m sort of like an old fighter coming out of retirement, and George Foreman did that a number of times before he started making grills, but this may be my only time. But I’m grateful they took a chance to ask me, even three months in advance, which is kind of risky when you’re dealing with a 71-year-old man. I am here.

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Do Your Best in Schoolwork, Personal Lives

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Do Your Best in Schoolwork, Personal Lives By: Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.

Do Your Best in Schoolwork, Personal Lives

Thank you for that beautiful music. And thank you President Richards for reading that introduction just as I wrote it. My dear young friends and colleagues, it’s a distinct pleasure and privilege to spend this devotional time with you this morning. I always enjoy being with you on your campus and particularly value my regular interactions and friendship with President Richards—he has mentioned some of them. He and your other leaders are doing a remarkable job here in not only managing but uplifting LDS Business College to new heights. I hope you appreciate the great privilege it is of yours to study and learn with them. President Richards is a particularly talented and effective leader. And he is also a great example. I commend him to you with great enthusiasm.

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Art can help us feel closer to the Savior

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Art can help us feel closer to the Savior By: Greg Olsen

Art Can Help Us Feel Closer to the Savior

Thank you, Arthur, for that wonderful music. It’s a pleasure to be here today. I appreciate the invitation. I have to confess, though, that I’m experiencing a little bit of déjà vu. It was roughly 20 years ago that I stood at this same pulpit and spoke before a similar audience. They were a little bit younger—it was a group of youth from Southern California that came here, and I’d been asked to give a presentation. And I was quite nervous on that day. There were actually some general authorities they had arranged to speak, and so I was very intimidated.

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Scriptures Teach That Decisions Determine Destiny

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Scriptures Teach That Decisions Determine Destiny By: Ronald G. Guymon

Scriptures Teach That Decisions Determine Destiny

Brothers and sisters, you are an awesome sight. President Richards usually begins by saying how wonderful you look and how great you look. And you do look great. I was at BYU-Idaho this past weekend, and they had a “BYU’s Got Talent” show on Friday night, and I was also impressed there that the students looked great—they looked like you. It was a talent show, but they were clean-shaven, the men were, and they behaved themselves like sons and daughters of God. They were awesome. But you, you’re more awesome, I think. I may be a little biased.

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Trusting in the Lord

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Trusting in the Lord By: Wendy Ulrich

Trusting in the Lord

When I was about five years old, someone gave me a small, brightly-colored butterfly. A little hinge with a spring on it formed the body of the butterfly, and when I pinched the wings together, they opened a tiny clasp that would close again when I released the wings, allowing the butterfly to attach to my clothes. I loved the iridescent blue and purple of the butterfly’s wings; I loved that it would hold on securely to whatever I attached it to so that it would never get lost. I loved that the wings moved like the wings of a real butterfly, and that I was the being who made them move.

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Making Decisions

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Making Decisions  By: Ronald G Guymon

Making Decisions 

 Brothers and Sisters, you are an awesome sight. President Richards usually begins by saying how wonderful you look and how great you look. And you do look great. I was at BYU Idaho this past weekend, and they had a “BYU—I’s Got Talent” show on Friday night, and I was also impressed there that the students looked great—they looked like you. It was a talent show but they were clean-shaven, the men were, and they behaved themselves like sons and daughters of God. They were awesome. But you, you’re more awesome, I think. I may be a little biased.

      I feel very humbled to be here; this is a tremendous responsibility. You’ve taken time out of your schedule to come, and to be spiritually fed. And that’s not an easy thing to do. It requires the Spirit. So I pray the Spirit will be with us, that we can present to one another, discuss, and receive by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. That would be a tender mercy if that could happen today in this room.

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Sweeping the Earth with Social Media

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Sweeping the Earth with Social Media By: Barett Christensen

Sweeping the Earth with Social Media

I’m sure that hymn was comforting to many of you, and it was especially comforting to me [referring to the violin solo performed just prior to Bro. Christensen’s remarks]. Brother Mellow, thank you for your testimony. I kind of wish that it would have been in Portuguese. It’s been 17 years since I’ve been down in Brazil, and I loved the Brazilian people and I loved the Portuguese language.

            About a week ago I was invited to give this devotional address today. Today is going to be part workshop, part devotional. So there will be things that I’ll ask you to do, and maybe even ask for some responses from you. And there will be other things that I’ll just simply share with you. So let me make sure that we are up and running. Is there a blue screen behind me? Yes? Okay, good.

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Parable of Two Mustangs

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Parable of Two Mustangs By: Ken Duvall

Parable of Two Mustangs

What a beautiful spirit comes with that marvelous music. The President leaned over and touched my arm as I got up and said, “Teach us the doctrine.” And in an interest to do that, I let you know that everything is better with chocolate on it. There are so many things in the interest of full disclosure that I invented covered with chocolate, and most of them never made it to market, I have to tell you that.

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The Importance of Leadership

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The Importance of Leadership By: Benson L. Porter

The Importance of Leadership

That was wonderful. Brothers and sisters, I am truly grateful to be here—just to be able to leave the Church Office Building, walk across campus, look at the holy temple, walk in here in a building that I grew up with as a kid, baptized over there in the Tabernacle. . . . It just brings back the foundation of the greatness of this gospel. I’m glad to be here. And I’m also glad to be able to talk with you for a few minutes in regards to my favorite topic of all times, which is about leadership, and particularly about the perfect leader, that being the Savior, Jesus Christ.

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