Winter 2015

We Can Return to Our Heavenly Father

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We Can Return to Our Heavenly Father By: Sister Holly Brinkerhoff and Brother Doug Meredith

We Can Return to Our Heavenly Father

      I love that President Richards just counseled us to thank Heavenly Father for being patient with us right before he introduced me. I can assure you, I have thanked Him many times for his patience with me. And I am grateful for the opportunity to be here with you today. I wanted to start off, actually, by reading to you a quote by Elder Marvin J. Ashton. He says, “Why does the lack of appreciation offend God and kindle His wrath? Not because he needs to see and hear our thanks, but because he knows an absence of appreciation on the part of anyone causes personal stagnation. Our growth and our progress are delayed when we fail to feel and express a sincere thank-you” (“And in Everything Give Thanks,” speech given at Brigham Young University, September 1, 1991). I was very grateful for that counsel.

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Church Membership is a Gift

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Church Membership is a Gift By: Brother Brad Wilcox

Church Membership is a Gift

      Thank you, choir. I think that it’s early enough in the Christmas season that to hear those beautiful Christmas carols just fill us with the Spirit. It’s wonderful to be at a time of year where we hear Christmas carols even over the radio. We hear songs about Christ and songs about the Atonement, even over the airways. And it’s beautiful to hear you sing those for us. Tianna, thank you for your thoughts today. I hope that we’ll all remember to appreciate the gifts that we’ve been given. Thank you for sharing that testimony with us.

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"Share the Gift" Devotional

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"Share the Gift" Devotional By: Adrian Juchau, President J. Lawrence Richards, Brother Keith Burkhart, and Craig Nelson

Share the Gift

Welcome, friends, to our annual Christmas devotional. By my count, this is our eighth annual Christmas devotional. We’re just delighted that you would join us. We’re grateful to be able to celebrate this season together in this way. As we come to a close of not only another devotional series, but of another year, we’d like to extend our gratitude to all those who have made devotionals possible, including our speakers and our student speakers, student leadership, musical numbers—Brother Allen, we really appreciate you and your choir and the things that you do to contribute to the spirit of these meetings. We’re grateful to our service missionaries for hosting us. We’re grateful to the good people who work for the Church who help put on this production. We’re grateful to the First Presidency for inviting us to Temple Square to have devotionals here and for making this devotional series possible.

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The Fire in the Bookstore…and What Came of It

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The Fire in the Bookstore…and What Came of It By: Sister D. Louise Brown

The Fire in the Bookstore…and What Came of It

      While they’re getting seated, I just want to thank the choir. I always count it a blessing when I see them forming up there. I think this is going to be a particularly special day because, Brother Allen and the choir, your influence is always felt here. And I’m grateful, especially today, for it. And I’m grateful for the chance to speak with you for a few minutes today.

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Opening Devotional Part 1 (Understand and Apply the Atonement)

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Opening Devotional Part 1 (Understand and Apply the Atonement) By: Adrian Juchau

Understand and Apply the Atonement

Welcome, brothers and sisters. It’s good to see your happy, smiling faces. I have been asked to share with you some remarks, and following my remarks we will see a video entitled that I believe is called, “Why.” Here’s your invitation for during that video:  watch and try to put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself, “Why am I here? Why does heaven have me at this school at this time?” It has very little to do with what it costs or because you couldn’t get somewhere else or because your parents told you you had to come here, I promise. Those just may be ancillary reasons that got you here.

Why are you here? What would heaven have you get out of this experience? I believe that impressions will come to your mind. Following that video, we’ll be pleased to hear from our president, President Richards.

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Opening Devotional Part 2 (How to Do Devotional)

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Opening Devotional Part 2 (How to Do Devotional) By: President J. Lawrence Richards

How to Do Devotional

 Let’s get some house lights up a little bit because I can’t see you and I want to see you. You look good. You made a good decision to be here. By March it won’t be cold, I promise, and Tuesdays will be a nice pleasant walk. Now, you’ll get spoiled a little bit because you attend class in a building where you don’t even have to go outside to get from the parking lot to the campus, and you never even have to leave the building. You just go up and down ten floors, and in about three weeks you’ll think that going two floors up is a trek. And so you’ll worry about whether you can really make it two blocks up the street for Devotionals But you can and if you will, you’ll be blessed for it.

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Be All In

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Be All In By: President J. Lawrence Richards

Be All In

Brothers and sisters, I brought Sister Richards to the podium with me. Do you know what a helpmeet is? I’ve got one. I married one. I don’t know why I have her standing here; I pray the Spirit will tell me why she’s standing here. I think it may go something like this: There are, in our lives, opportunities to associate with people who know how to lift us, who know how to strengthen us. And when you find those people in your life, I suggest you hold onto them and if they’re the right person, make them your eternal companion. Earlier, our student speaker talked about turkeys flying. If there is any wind beneath my wings so I can fly, it’s because I have an eternal companion with whom I have made sacred covenants in the temple. As we sang in the fourth verse of our College anthem, when the Savior comes, we may be pure as He is pure, and see Him face to face.

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A-T-O-N-E-M-E-N-T

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A-T-O-N-E-M-E-N-T By: Institute Faculty

A-T-O- N-E-M-E-N-T

Brothers and sisters, my letter is “A” to represent the word all, as in all of mankind, who is the recipient of the blessings of the Atonement. So in my few minutes I have three points. The first point is that we know beyond any doubt, on scriptural authority, that people in the Book of Mormon, like Enos, were forgiven of their sins. Enos with the phrase, “Wherefore, my guilt was swept away.”(Enos 1:6)  Benjamin’s subjects in Mosiah 4 asked to “apply the atoning blood of Christ” (Mosiah 4:2), and they received a remission of their sins, and they experienced peace of conscience (see Mosiah 4:3).

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Christ Leads this Church

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Christ Leads this Church By: President David E. Poulsen

Christ Leads this Church

I don’t believe there’s a day that goes by on Temple Square that the sisters don’t move me to tears in one way or another. It is a choice experience to serve on Temple Square. It is a holy place.

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Receive the Gift

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Receive the Gift By: Devotional Committee

Receive the Gift

I’d like to thank the choir. I was a student here some years ago, and it’s incredible what Brother Allen has done with the choir.

In our new student orientation devotional, new students were invited to study and apply the Atonement in their daily lives. In the first devotional of the semester, the entire campus community was invited to study and apply the Atonement in their daily lives. We had our Institute faculty, every one of them, give a four-minute captioned address focused on the Atonement because we want to study and apply the Atonement in our lives.

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Our Lord Stands at the Head of This Church

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Our Lord Stands at the Head of This Church By: Elder Lynn L. Summerhays

Our Lord Stands at the Head of This Church

    This is a very sweet and sacred privilege. Thank you for the opening prayer, your comments, and the choir. President Richards and I are friends now, and we’ve only known each other a few minutes. It’s really easy to read him. He was willing to say, “But I am learning,” this morning. He also leaned over to me with great emotion in his voice as he was looking upon you and listening to the hymn, and said, “Noble and great ones.”

      Now, we all know that we’re imperfect. I come here as an “anybody.” I know an “anybody” when I see him, because I see him in the mirror all the time. “Weak and simple,” I think the Lord calls us (see D&C 1:23). But in some remarkable way, He sees the nobility in us. He sees the greatness in us. And if we will draw near unto Him, He will draw near unto us, and enable us, and empower us (see D&C 88:63).

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A Pattern in All Things

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A Pattern in All Things By: Elder Joseph W. Sitati

A Pattern in All Things

Thank you, President Richards, and thank you, members of the choir, for that wonderful music. Brothers and sisters, Sister Sitati and I feel honored to be here and to be invited to talk at this devotional. I’ve not ever mentioned to President Richards that our connection as a family to LDS Business College actually goes quite a way back. More than about 15 years ago, our son Martin was at this College. He was here for two years, and one of the remarkable things that we noticed was that when Martin came back to Kenya after being here and then serving a mission in St. Louis in Missouri, was that his English was very good. It was almost perfect. And he kind of became a reference among his friends for how to speak good English. So we acknowledge the good things that are done here, and I hope that those of you who are here can be recognized in some special way as you leave this College.

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Seemingly Unimportant Decisions

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 By: Dr. Janet S. Scharman

Seemingly Unimportant Decisions

What a great start to today! I loved the testimony, Austin. Thank you. And to be able to start a meeting with prayer—aren’t we lucky to be in a setting where we can do that? Where we can ask the Lord to attend us and to prompt us?

I’m grateful to President Richards for this invitation, although I have to admit that it wasn’t actually until this morning that it occurred to me the juxtaposition of this talk with General Conference, when we had great leaders of the Church speaking to us  just really hours ago at the Conference Center north of where we are right now. So, I feel very humble and kind of intimidated here, and I hope that there is something that I might say that will prompt a thought for you.

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This Is a Time of Learning

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This Is a Time of Learning By: Kelly D. Shepherd

This Is a Time of Learning

I’m happy to be here with you today. This is an amazing opportunity. It really is—to be in your presence, to be in the presence of young people like you. I’ve been here since last May, and I’ve come to the devotionals each week. I recognize that you always have these amazing speakers that have accomplished great things in their lives.

So, today you are going to have to practice something that my mother practiced with me. She was amazing. You see, she didn’t seem to have these great expectations for me, but if I ever accomplished anything, she was very complimentary. She was always so surprised. When I graduated from high school, she was amazed. And then when I graduated from college a couple of times, every time it seemed like the most amazing thing had happened.

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Three Apostles, Three Friends

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Three Apostles, Three Friends By: Elder William R. Walker

Three Apostles, Three Friends

I am pleased to be with you today for your devotional. I spoke at the LDS Business College once before, in 2003. It was the first year after I had been called as a general authority. So I am happy to be with you again today. Sister Walker and I are grateful for the warm welcome that we have received from President and Sister Richards and others.

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The Choice to Believe

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The Choice to Believe By: Steven C. Harper

The Choice to Believe

Brothers and sisters, I am in awe. You are beautiful to see and to hear, and I am overwhelmed by the Spirit of the Lord. I am grateful, very grateful, to be here today and to share this time with you. I’m thankful for the sermon we’ve already heard from Sister Douglas. What a spectacular testimony based on her own and her family’s experiences. I find that you can’t refute personal testimony. You can reject it, but you cannot refute it. And to hear her give her personal testimony was powerful to me, and to hear the music—both of the choir and of the congregation—has been stirring. I pray that I won’t do anything that might distract from what we’ve already felt here today.

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Music of Zion

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 By: Janice Kapp Perry

Music of Zion

That number was wonderfully done. Thank you. Sometimes when you sit alone in your studio writing, you—well, first of all you wonder if anyone will ever sing the piece you are writing—and you hope it will be done this way [referring to the musical number]. Very sweet. Thank you so much. Thank you for the invitation to speak here today, Adrian, Brother Brooksby. I was one of the ones who did notice that Sister Dunford was playing all of my songs. Probably no one else did, but I do want to give her a personal thank you. That was fun hearing them done on this nice organ.

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Find Your Lost Sheep

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Find Your Lost Sheep By: Liz Lemon Swindle

Find Your Lost Sheep

It is nice to be here this morning. I thank you for the invitation. It was mentioned in the introduction that I was a wildlife artist. I did that for ten years, and the one thing that I learned the most in that career is that I know how to paint fur. So, in a way, that kinds of sets a precedent for what I’d like to talk about today—and that is sheep.

I’d never painted sheep until I started on the project of Christ, but what’s interesting from an artist’s perspective is that the sheep in our country and in surrounding countries have a totally different look than the sheep in Jerusalem. So I have to admit, my first interest for some of the paintings that I’ve painted with sheep in them have been our sheep and not the Savior’s, but it has been corrected.

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Thank you and Goodbye

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Thank you and Goodbye By: J. Douglas Horne and D. Louise Brown

Thank you and Goodbye

I’m lucky to have an office next to these gentlemen (the two staff members who sang a special musical number), and very often in the morning I will hear them singing at the top of their lungs, so it’s a real pleasure to have an office next to them.

Thank you for being here today in this historical building at this wonderful time of the year. I love Thanksgiving and the holidays. As we look around us, we see what is going on in the world today—the natural disasters, the violence, the attack on the moral fabric—it puts fear in our hearts and in our minds.

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To Know to Whom We Belong

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To Know to Whom We Belong By: Dallyn Vail Bayles

To Know to Whom We Belong

[Singing with the choir.]

Jesus, once of humble birth,

Now in glory comes to earth.

Once he suffered grief and pain;

Now he comes on earth to reign.

Now he comes on earth to reign.

 

Once a meek and lowly Lamb,

Now the Lord, the great I Am.

Once upon the cross he bowed;

Now his chariot is the cloud.

Now his chariot is the cloud.

 

Once he groaned in blood and tears;

Now in glory he appears.

Once rejected by his own,

Now their King he shall be known.

Now their King he shall be known.

 

Once forsaken, left alone,

Now exalted to a throne.

Once all things he meekly bore,

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