Winter 2017

Our Ultimate Potential; Our Divine Potential

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Our Ultimate Potential; Our Divine Potential  By: Jennifer Warnas

Our Ultimate Potential; Our Divine Potential 

[Video plays of children and adults singing “I Am a Child of God.”][1]

Isn’t technology wonderful?

Who am I? These three simple words can be the most empowering, intriguing, and inspiring words we will ever know. Although, at times in our lives they can be the most discouraging, heartbreaking, and hopeless words to truly not understand. Brothers and sisters, what a privilege and blessing it is that we are invited to leave our classwork behind and come to devotional in this beautiful and sacred Assembly Hall each week to be edified by the Spirit. As we share our remaining time together on this beautiful summer morning, I invite you to really ponder to yourselves who you are.

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Keep True to the Faith

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Keep True to the Faith By: Elder C. Scott Grow

Keep True to the Faith

Brothers and sisters, it’s a treat for me to be here with you today. I appreciate the choir. I was thinking as they were singing, it reminded me of a great-great-grandfather who built this building in which we are meeting—Henry Grow. He also designed the roof of the Tabernacle. So I feel at home—welcome to our family’s home, right? This is our house. It’s good to be here.

As I listened to that organ, it made me think of a privilege I have. I play the organ for our sacred meetings that we have in the temple with the First Presidency and the Twelve and the other general authorities on the first Thursday of every month. And that’s a sacred privilege. I appreciate the music very much.

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Light of Christ

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Light of Christ By: Bruce Schreiner

Light of Christ

I’d like to express gratitude to Dezmond for his remarks. I’d like to expand on your remarks just a little bit, and I hope that I can do them justice as well. I’d also like to thank the mixed quartet. Music—sacred music—thins the veil and allows us to commune with the Spirit more effectively.

It is a humbling experience to be here and to have this assignment to speak to you, especially since we’ve had so many marvelous speakers in the last little while—Sister Warnas a couple of weeks ago and Elder Grow last week. Candidly, I tried to convince the president that it would be a very wise idea to have someone else speak today. You can see how well that one worked. Truthfully, it is an honor and an opportunity that I am grateful for.

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Being Kind to Others

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Being Kind to Others By: Rhett James

Being Kind to Others

Brothers and sisters, it’s a pleasure to be with you today. I’m so thankful for the invocation, that wonderful prayer. Whenever we call upon God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ, the most important event has taken place. And I appreciate that wonderful testimony from one of our fellow students.

I’ve been prayerful about preparing these remarks, and so this is my fifth draft. I thought I had it written, and then the impression came, “Don’t do that; do this.” And so here it is. The first part has to do with the instruction from Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the second has to do with the direct teachings of Jesus Christ.

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You Can Do Hard Things | Perfectly Imperfect

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You Can Do Hard Things | Perfectly Imperfect By: Jared Wright & Miles Hunsaker

You Can Do Hard Things

Brother Jared Wright

Good morning. It’s good to be with you today. I’m going to have Sister Wolfgramm press the red detonation button now. I want to say how grateful I am to be here with you today. This is actually a fulfillment of a clause in my patriarchal blessing—to be able to stand in holy places and bear testimony. That being said, I’m going to have to ask your forgiveness. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, and I may not have any control over that. I’m so grateful to have my wife and three of my children here today. They keep me grounded in my secret identity, and this is my secret identity, right here. If we can keep a secret, then I can never take myself too seriously. We have a great time together.

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Blessings Come Through Trials

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Blessings Come Through Trials By: Steve Taylor

Blessings Come through Trials

Most of you probably don’t know or remember, but we used to have devotional back at the College in the multi-purpose room, and quickly grew out of that room. So for I don’t know how many years now we have been meeting here in the Assembly Hall, and I always sat—I still do—I sit right back there, kind of behind a pillar by myself, and President Richards every week will get up and he’ll invite us to write down the promptings of the Spirit. And every time he says that, the Spirit whispers to me, “When it’s your turn to speak—and you will have an opportunity to speak in devotional—here is what you need to talk about.” So I hope I do it justice today.

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Happiness Through Christ | Our True Downbeat

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Happiness Through Christ | Our True Downbeat By: Dan Masterson & Danae Handy

Happiness Through Christ

Brother Dan Masterson

Thank you, Austin, Ben, the choir. The first time I heard that song I couldn’t help but cry. It’s always remained a special song to me after that. Everybody that stands up here usually goes through some sort of prologue. And I feel compelled to do the same, but I don’t want to take up too much time, so I decided to give the Reader’s Digest condensed version of it: historic, wonderful, marvelous, thank you—I think.

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I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go

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I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go By: Neal Hooper

I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go                                                                  

I am so grateful to be here with you all today. I’m also grateful that it’s summer semester and that it’s the end of the semester and we’re not filled to capacity. This is not the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to speak at this sacred pulpit, but it will be my last. And just to clear up any misconceptions, it’s not because I’m graduating. Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually not a student here at LDS Business College, nor am I the student body president. But I am so grateful for my time at the LDS Business College.

I just want to start by asking you guys a question: who can tell me what the three E’s of the LDSBC’s mission statement are?

[Audience member responds.]

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The Caravan

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The Caravan By: President Larry Richards

The Caravan

Melissa, thank you very much for sharing your talent. Let’s get out our phones—while you’re looking up the lyrics to “How Firm a Foundation,”[1] because I am an ex-banker, I am hacking into Sister Carey’s bank account. Her introduction went five minutes, and I figure at $100.00 a minute, I’m going to withdraw $500.00 from her account and transfer it to the needy scholarship fund. All in favor, manifest it by the uplifted hand.

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The Vital Guide in Our Journey

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The Vital Guide in Our Journey By: Bruce C. Kusch

The Vital Guide in Our Journey

There is sunshine in our soul today[1] after that beautiful musical number. Thank you, Brother Decker and the choir, for that wonderful, wonderful music. President Richards, thank you for that kind introduction. The story of Sister Kusch and I coming here is a very tender and sacred one for us, but when people ask us why we came and why we are here, our short answer is, “The Holy Ghost.” And we felt like this is where the Lord would have us be and serve at this time in our lives.

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This Is a Place of Light

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 By: Ross Baron

This Is a Place of Light

Thank you for that music. It’s such a privilege to be here, brothers and sisters. I’m grateful for the invitation. Years ago, I was asked by the Church in Southern California to do a tour of a group of adult students at the University of Judaism. The University of Judaism had asked if they could do a tour at the LA Temple. They wanted to know more about the temples of the Church, so they asked if they could do a tour.

I’m a convert to the Church from Judaism; I joined the Church when I was 18. So the director of public affairs in Southern California asked if I would do this tour. So, there were about 35–40 people, and we were going around the temple. I tried to be very careful with them of being appropriate in terms of what we were teaching about the temple, and also as far as not wanting to offend them for the fact that I had been a Jewish convert. That could be a little bit of a sensitive topic.

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Less Feelings Of Entitlement

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Less Feelings Of Entitlement By: Elder Spencer J. Condie

Less Feelings of Entitlement

Thank you, BC Voices. Your voices are so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes. And you have something in common with me, or I have something in common with you: people cry when they hear me sing.

I’m grateful to be here with President Richards, my good friend, and I think I don’t have to have a funeral now.

Several years ago as the Christmas season drew near, our student ward members were invited to participate in a Sub for Santa program designed to help a large needy family celebrate a wonderful Christmas. We were given the names and ages of seven children in the family, and beside each name was a brief list of items that would satisfy their hearts’ desires.

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You Are Here for a Unique Purpose

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You Are Here for a Unique Purpose By: Kristen Cox

You Are Here for a Unique Purpose

That was beautiful. I’m glad we actually got to hear the choir before me. They’re much more talented. I sound better on paper than in reality, so just demystify all that stuff. You can talk to my kids.

I’m going to talk about some things today that have been really impactful in my life, but I always feel a little bit of hypocrisy standing in front of groups like this because I certainly do not have my life figured out. The things I talk about are things I continually strive for or work towards, and I’m a work in process—like all of us, I think. We’re all on a continuum. All of us have great strengths, and we also have weaknesses. The older I get the more I understand that people, for the most part, are just doing the best they can. And that’s where I am.

And my mom is in the audience. She was referenced earlier. She’s somewhere out here, and she was just a great role model for me, and I’m really grateful for her.

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Prayer Is the Pathway to Revelation

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 By: David B. Brown

Prayer Is the Pathway to Revelation

I would like to thank Brother Decker and this beautiful choir for that lovely number. I love Elder Bednar’s words and would hope that as we spend some time together that we can pretend as if, one by one, the Spirit is teaching each one of us. Elder Bednar, as was announced earlier, has asked us to tweet anything that we desire, but “yuck” does not work. Okay, none of that. “Yippee” when it’s over is all right, but “yuck” in the first place is not all right.

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All Good Things Are Possible Because of Jesus Christ

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 By: Kevin J. Worthen

All Good Things Are Possible Because of Jesus Christ

Let me begin by thanking the BC Voices for sharing their testimony with us in such a powerful way. President Packer once observed that we learn through music some spiritual things that otherwise take us a long time to learn,[3] and I’m grateful that they were willing to share their testimonies, and grateful to Robert for his testimony as well.

In case you get lost in my talk, I’m going to be talking about the same thing Robert talked about; he just said it in a lot fewer words than I’m going to talk about. I’m also going to tell you something I think you already know, and that is you are blessed to have a wonderful president in President Richards. He is wise, he is visionary, he is energetic, and in those meetings which he talked about, in which we meet together, I can tell you very much his love for you is very evident. I hope you feel that; I’m sure you do.

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What's Right with the World

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What's Right with the World By: Cathy Carey

What's Right with the World

That was beautiful. I want to thank the six students who helped set the stage for this devotional. You’re amazing. You’re incredible. Thank you for your thoughts, for your prayers, and for your music.

We live in a world of chaos and commotion. And I don’t know about you, but it can be really frightening and disconcerting. But we as Latter-day Saints shouldn’t be surprised or shocked about that. Through modern-day revelation, we’re told this: “And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them.”[2]

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A Unique Way to Light the World

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 By: Natalie Gochnour

A Unique Way to Light the World

That was lovely. I’m delighted to be with you today. And President Richards, thank you for that very kind introduction. I’m appreciative that he mentioned families because that’s a big part of what I want to share with you today. I just can’t help but tell you what a privilege it is to be here in this beautiful Assembly Hall and to share with you the Spirit that is felt here.

This isn’t completely familiar to me because I spend a lot of time in my profession, and on Tuesdays I’m typically working on something that deals with public policy in this state. And I’m really happy to leave public policy outside of the building today. You probably could tell form my background and introduction that I spend a lot of time in politics, and I’m going to just leave that outside. How does that sound? Good time to do that.

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Light The World Like The Christmas Star

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 By: Adrian Juchau & President J. Lawrence Richards

Adrian Juchau:

If you were here summer devotional, you remember that a part of my message had to do with the stars. I’m going to continue that message a little bit. My hope, with all of my heart, is that when you walk outside tonight, and every other night when you see stars, you will think about them a little differently.

This Christmas season, we remember a particular star that was put in the night sky at that special time, a long time ago, to signify the birth of our Savior. That star was a manifestation of God’s love. That star gave light to an otherwise darkened world. That star served as something of a compass that would guide those who would follow nearer to God.

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All Will Be Well

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All Will Be Well By: Kristen M. Oaks

All Will Be Well

That was so beautiful. “Steadfast and immoveable”[1]—I want to especially thank you for your testimony and all the beautiful things you said.

It is such an honor to be here. It’s interesting—I’m going to say things to you that I have never said to an audience previously. This College is a righteous place led by leaders with great vision. You have been identified nationally as such. Especially, I know your President Richards has great vision.

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The Beauty of a Miracle

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The Beauty of a Miracle By: President Larry Richards

The Beauty of a Miracle

Thank you, Brother Kusch. I don’t know, what do you sing at a funeral? You just wrote my obituary. Thank you very much. I don’t know what we’re supposed to sing now. We ought to sing something. I haven’t heard you sing a cappella in this room ever. Drew? Edwin, your favorite hymn? Edwin said we should sing “How Firm a Foundation.”[1] For those of you who were here last semester, you understand the significance of that. Let’s do that. Drew, can you give us a little introduction on that—so open up your cellphones to hymn number 85. I’d like to hear you sing in this room. I’ve heard you sing in the Assembly Hall, and I’ve heard you lift the roof off the Assembly Hall. But I’d love to hear you sing here.

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Beginnings and Endings

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Beginnings and Endings By: Craig Nelson

Beginnings and Endings

I have to tell you, I’ve been prepared for the leaving, but not for the kindness. President, thank you for that. Thank you, choir, for that lovely music. “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy”[1] has particular meaning to me and to our family, and I’m grateful that the choir would sing that today.

The Lord has been very kind to me. One of my goals before I left the College was to see our devotional hall packed, and today it is. Thanks for coming. I know you’re not coming for me. But really, if you are in the front, you ought to look around. It’s full! It’s just full. There are a few empty seats, but it’s almost to capacity. What a great blessing and kindness.

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The 7 Habits of Holiness

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The 7 Habits of Holiness By: Don Staheli

The 7 Habits of Holiness

That was absolutely beautiful. Thank you, choir. Thank you, Don, for your talk; Mitchell, for your prayer. President Richards, for finding out things about me that I’m not even sure I’m totally aware of, but I’ll try and make them come true. President Richards, you are very kind, and you have been so gracious to me and to Cindy and our daughters who are here. You are held in such high regard for the work that you do.

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5 Winning Strategies for Life

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5 Winning Strategies for Life By: Larry Gelwix

5 Winning Strategies for Life

President Richards, faculty and staff, it is wonderful to be here. I was there when he put the move on my wife with a hug. I was okay with that, but I was ready to step in if he went for the kiss. Seriously, it is such a pleasure to be here. I can’t tell you how excited Sister Gelwix and I have been to share this devotional with you. Just out of curiosity, inasmuch as President Richards mentioned the movie Forever Strong, how many of you have seen the film? [Audience members raise their hands.] Just about all of you—there are two back there that need to repent. I’ll deal with you later.

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We Have Received so Many Answers

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 By: George Durrant and Susan Easton Black

We Have Received so Many Answers

While they [the choir] are returning to their seats, I will add my name to the list of those who like that song about as much as any song they’ve ever heard, and I’ve never heard it sung better. And I loved it. Thanks for coming.

Susan and I have been married for four years—we waited to get married until we had paid off our student loans. My wife had passed away, and Susan’s husband had passed away. And I said to my daughter after a few weeks’ time that I would like to maybe date; I’m not good at being alone.

She said, “Who would you date?”

I said, “Maybe Susan Easton Black, except she’s out of my league.”

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Christmas 2017 Devotional

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"Darkness to Light: A Missionary Christmas"

 

Darkness to Light: A Missionary Christmas

by Elder David Stouder

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