Winter 2018

David Sturt

David Sturt

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"Currents of Commotion" by David Sturt

Currents of Commotion

Thank you for that wonderful testimony. I think it blends perfectly with what I’m going to speak about today. Also, what a wonderful choir. It sounded fantastic. I love hearing music, and such well-sung music.

It’s also a privilege to be here. I’m appreciative to President Kusch for inviting me and my wife to be here today, and to share some thoughts with you. Being with you and being sort of back amongst college students just brings back some great memories, and a whole bunch of thoughts. As I look out at you and see you in your chairs, thinking, “Okay, what’s ahead of me in my life?” and “What’s going on?” and “Where am I going to be working?” and “How is this all going to work out?”

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Elder Clayton

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

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"Intending to Build a Tower"

Intending to Build a Tower

By Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be here, and happy to have that experience in Argentina recalled for you and for me. I’m still wearing some of the “helados.” I learned that there was nothing like “helado” in Buenos Aires, or anywhere else in Argentina. And I tried it everywhere else in Argentina as well. But that was a happy experience our boys had, and a great lesson as Kathy has explained to you.

We are so happy to be here with you. I have thought and thought about what I might say to you, and concluded that I would share with you a few experiences that have been meaningful to me, and I’ll try to weave some scriptures in to help you see why they have been important to me.

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Mark Willes

Mark Willes

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"Small Things Matter a Lot" by Mark Willes

Small Things Matter a Lot

My dear brothers and sisters, I am grateful to be with you this morning. I don’t know how many of you know that I am actually a substitute for someone who was scheduled to speak today and couldn’t make it. So, they asked me if I would come in his place.

It reminds me of the story of a man. They were having a Quaker meeting, and the man who was scheduled to sing got sick and couldn’t do it, so they asked somebody to substitute for him. He got up and did just a terrible job. He sang off key, he forgot the words—it was just awful. And he felt very badly about it, so one of the members of the congregation came up to him after and said, “Thee should not feel bad. Thee did thy very best. ‘Tis he that asked thee should be shot.”

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President and Sister Kusch

President and Sister Kusch

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"The Only Name Whereby Salvation Cometh & Like an Instrument in an Orchestra"

The Only Name Whereby Salvation Cometh

by President Bruce C. Kusch

Brothers and sisters, what a blessing it is to be with you this morning. I am very grateful to welcome you, to express our love to you and for you, and our excitement as we together begin this semester.

As Sister Kusch talked about the picture, I could see the picture that she was talking about. When I think about that picture, I also think about two young kids many, many years ago that were in love, that just wanted to do what the Lord wanted us to do, and I also realized that back then, I had some really cool sideburns.

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Raymond Robinson

Raymond Robinson

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"Working with Others to Succeed"

Working with Others to Succeed

Thank you, BC Voices, indeed, how can I keep from singing? How can any of us keep from signing when we know the words to the song, the song of redeeming love. Thank you to Brother Decker, Brother Santos, your music gives me courage this morning. Brothers and sisters, I'm grateful to join you this morning. Grateful for being a brother with you, grateful for the opportunity over the last week to join in sustaining a new president of the Church, his counselors, and the Twelve. I’m grateful that you’re here today!

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Ricardo Rosas

Ricardo Rosas

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"Authenticity as a Son or Daughter of God" by Ricardo Rosas

Authenticity as a Son or Daughter of God

I’m very, very, happy to be able to share a message with you all. I hope you are doing great this morning. Many of you don’t know, but devotionals are assigned months ahead, and when I was asked to share a message with all of you, this topic came to me immediately in my mind. I feel that it is a great blessing to be able to share this with all of you. This is one of the blessings of working for LDS Business College. I’m also very happy to see some of my friends; in fact, one of my college roommates is sitting over there, so I am so surprised to see him. That is awesome! Friends from my previous job of Publishing Services Division and Seminaries and Institutes and CES. I’m really happy that they are here to support me, and of course, my amazing beautiful wife trying to help me feel a little less nervous. I don’t know if that is working. But we’ll go from there.

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Robert Heyn

Robert Heyn

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"Why Be Self-Reliant?" by Robert Heyn

Why Be Self-Reliant?

Well, brothers and sisters, what an honor it is for me to be able to share a few minutes with you today. I feel very humble and I am especially grateful because LDS Business College is an institution that I admire and I feel is giving a very important service to the young adults of the church and specially to return missionaries.

As an introduction to the message that I want to share with you today, allow me to tell you about The Academy for Creating Enterprise, the organization that I work for. The Academy is an organization that trains and helps members of the Church in developing countries to start and develop small businesses. Even though the Academy’s principal activity is business training, the main goal of the Academy is to help members of the Church to become self-reliant and to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Sunny Mahe

Sunny Mahe

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"Elsie and Three Things to Remember" by Sunny Mahe

Elsie and Three Things to Remember

Good morning. I’m so excited to be here. That’s totally not the right word. I’m totally nervous to be here. This building is just so overwhelming—I feel like you can’t enter this building without feeling some of the Spirit that is here.

I want to share with you a little bit about my little daughter Elsie, and then I’m going to share with you a few of the miracles that we experienced around that story, and then a little bit of why that should matter.

It was just an ordinary Tuesday, back in the fall of 2016. I had sent my four big kids off to school, and my three little ones—Tank, Elsie, and Seal—were happily running from room to room. They were playing with two neighbor’s kids that I was also watching. I was busying myself with household chores while the kids were running around and playing, and I was just enjoying the sound of their laughter.

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Tim Ballard

Tim Ballard

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"Finding Light in the Darkness"

 

Finding Light in the Darkness

I’m often asked the question: “How do you deal with that darkness? How do you keep lights on in the darkness?” And when people ask me that question, I realize it’s very applicable question. The answer will be very applicable to all of us, because we are all dealing with forms of darkness in our lives. You don’t need to be doing anti-trafficking work to be dealing with darkness.

We signed up for this mortality as part of that plan. Part of the divine part of that plan is that we are confronted with darkness. The minions of the adversary are here. That’s scriptural. They are here among us. It’s dark. It’s not if but when that darkness is going to come knocking at your door.

So if I could come up with an answer to the question of how we keep—or how I keep—the lights on, in the darkness where I work, perhaps there is something applicable.

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Al Carraway

Al Carraway

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"Embrace the Unexpected"

Embrace the Unexpected

Hi! You guys, that was so good. Singing…that’s not a talent of mine. I picture in the pre-earth life, like, you stand in line to get talents, and I feel like the singing talent was happening at the same time as, like, I don’t know, a taco stand line or something. That’s where I was.

We’re going to have extra fun today, mostly because I’m still heavily medicated from surgery. But it’s fine. I’m Al. Don’t worry if you have no idea who I am, because you will know more than you want to by the time I sit down. So, it’s fine. I’ll tell you a little bit of how I got to be standing here in front of you right now. I am from New York. I met the missionaries right before I turned 21. I listened to them because I felt really bad for them, because they were just really precious looking. I didn’t think—when I first saw them, I thought, “Who wears helmets still?” I didn’t know.

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Charles Anderson

Charles Andersen

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"Advice from a Trout"

Advice from a Trout

Thank you for letting me be with you this morning.  About 15 years ago, both President Kusch and I arrived at BYU-Idaho. We had different assignments, but we went for the same reason. The Spirit directed us there. We lived in the same ward and were called to serve in the Young Men organization together. We became friends and quickly realized that we both had a love for fly fishing. Since that time, we have had many different work and service opportunities that have taken us in different but similar paths. Yet we have been able to find time to go fishing together, and I can tell you that even though he isn’t the greatest fly fisherman, he is a remarkable friend and someone the Lord can rely on to do His will.  It is always good to be in his company, and I enjoy being with him on the river. In fact, I believe he owes me a fishing trip after today.

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