Winter 2020

Steve Rockwood

Steve Rockwood

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Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International/Managing Director of the Family History Department, is our devotional speaker on March 31.

Devotionals begin at 11:15 a.m. and are streamed remotely.

Stream Steve Rockwood's devotional address here: https://ldsbc.in/devotional

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President Kusch

President Bruce C. Kusch

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"Be of Good Cheer"

In the Book of Mormon we read the account of Ammon, a “strong and mighty man, and a descendant of Zarahemla”i who was sent by king Mosiah to determine the welfare of a group of people who had gone to dwell in the land of Lehi-Nephi. After wandering in the wilderness for forty days, Ammon and his companions met the king after being taken captive. That king was Limhi, the son of the wicked king Noah, and the grandson of Zeniff. 

Ammon eventually learns that Limhi has in his possession the 24 Jaredite plates and is asked if he can translate them. He explains that he cannot, but knows of one who has this gift – even king Mosiah, who has this “high gift from God.”ii 

Limhi and Ammon then have a powerful conversation about the blessing of prophets and seers and revelators. 

“And the king said that a seer is greater than a prophet. 

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Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

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Michael Dunn, Managing Director of BYUtv and BYUradio, is our devotional speaker on March 24.

Good morning, my dear sisters and brothers. Thank you so much, President Kusch, for this sacred and sweet opportunity. May I first say what an honor it is to be with you—again. I say again because many years ago, I had the privilege of serving as a stake president for two LDSBC wards and came to so love coming downtown to sacrament meetings in the Triad Center and getting to know a diverse and elect student body gathered from around the world who are fully invested in becoming educated, capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Elder Kevin R. Duncan

Elder Kevin R. Duncan

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"In Whom I Can Trust"

My dear brothers and sisters, it is so wonderful to be with you whether in person, or remotely.  We live in a wonderful time where technology allows us to stay connected and be uplifted in a variety of ways.  I think you would laugh had you seen my first cell phone.  It was like carrying around a brick, but everyone in that day thought these new inventions were incredible!  And they were. 

I know I look old to you, but to me it seems like only yesterday that I was where you are, in college, trying to further my education.  Getting a college degree was a pivotal time in my life, but it didn’t come easily.  I felt very alone in my efforts, because where I came from, getting a higher education was not a high priority. 

I imagine that some of you here might have a story much like my own.  For some of you, you are the first members of your family to attend college.  Some of you are far from home.  For some of you, English might not even be your first language. 

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Elder Tad R. Callister

Elder Tad R. Callister

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"Evidences of the Book of Mormon"

I do believe that the Book of Mormon, combined with the Spirit, is the greatest witness we have of the truthfulness of the Church.  Accordingly, at some point the critics must answer the question—how did the Book of Mormon come forth?  Was it man-made as claimed by them or God-inspired as claimed by us?  

The initial argument of the critics in this respect was that Joseph Smith could not have written the Book of Mormon— it was just too comprehensive and complex.  This was based on the premise that Joseph was only 23 years of age at the time; that he was unlearned and uneducated and thus incapable of writing it.  Therefore, someone far more intelligent and skilled than he must have done so.   

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President Kusch

President Bruce C. Kusch

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"Standing on the Shoulders of Greatness"

Elder Paul V. Johnson: "LDS Business College Institutional Adjustments"

Brothers and sisters, welcome to this exciting day.

Throughout its one hundred and thirty-four year history, LDS Business College has provided an environment where students can learn both meaningful skills and the ways of the Lord. To better serve the students who attend the school now, and in the future, the Board of Trustees of LDS Business College have approved the following adjustments that we are pleased to announce today.

On July 26, 1847, two days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and several other men hiked to the top of a mountain he had seen in a vision prior to beginning the trek west. That spot, Ensign Peak, rises just north of where we’re gathered today in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

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Kelly Shepherd

Kelly Shepherd

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"A Learner’s Journey"

I’m really happy to be here with you today to share some ideas and thoughts. If you were here last week, we had an amazing opportunity to see some very emotional videos. I know that people had tears in their eyes. Well I have to warn you, if you have tears in your eyes today, it will be for a completely different reason. I have no video. Just us.   

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Dan Debenham

Dan Debenham

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"Relative Race: Behind the Scenes"

What a fantastic, beautiful day! I love these kind of brisk days. As I walked over from the Conference Center, these bluebird days. I grew up in Alaska, so these brisk, really kind of bone-chilling days are great. I hope you guys feel the same way. It’s a real pleasure and honor to be here. I love talking about Relative Race.

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Mark Richards

Mark Richards

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"Seeking the One"

Thank you, Brother Decker and BC Voices, that was beautiful. Ephraim, thank you for that wonderful testimony.  

It is truly an honor and a privilege to be here this morning with each one of you, to have this opportunity to be with you today in this devotional setting. Surprisingly, I did have some family show up, and I think they just wanted to see if I really, actually, did work for an institution of higher learning, which was probably never in anyone’s thoughts that this would ever happen. I am grateful for them being here and for each one of you. I am grateful for feeling your love and am grateful for your example and influence in my life. 

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Elder Ulisses Soares

Elder Ulisses Soares

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"By the Voice of My Servants"

Good morning, my dear friends. I am so thrilled for the assignment to speak to you this morning. I bring greetings and love from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to all of you. They are aware that I am with you today and they asked me to express their best wishes and love to all of you. They truly love you and pray for you constantly, more than you can imagine. I can assure you that you are always on their minds and in their hearts.   

My wife and I are very impressed by what you are doing here, your backgrounds, and your dedication in pursuing an education at this wonderful school. We know it has not been easy. We applaud your determination to attend school where you learn “by study and also by faith.”  We are grateful for the service of President and Sister Kusch. They are great friends of ours, we love them. They speak highly of you as students. 

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Derek Miller

Derek Miller

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"Living a Spiritual Life in a Temporal World"

Brothers and sisters, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be with you this morning at this devotional. Thank you, President Kusch, for inviting me to speak to this wonderful group. Thanks also to Tanner and Aylish for inviting the Spirit to be with us here through song, music and testimony. As president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, I often have the opportunity to speak at different gatherings and different groups. But I am especially grateful whenever I have the chance to speak to students. Students hold a special place in my heart because outside of my professional work, as President Kusch mentioned, I spend much of my time serving as a YSA stake president and many of the members of our stake are students. 

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