Speeches by Topic Topics | Faith
At Brigham Young University we seek to learn “by study and by faith.” This combination of spiritual and secular education is what sets us apart from other colleges and universities. The speeches offered here give insight into what faith is, how faith enhances our ability to learn and live, and how faith is obtained and strengthened.Having faith means that we are able to hope for and trust in things we cannot see with our natural eyes. This does not mean that we are blind and require no evidence; rather, our faith relies on a different kind of evidence. Through the witness of the Holy Ghost, which speaks to both our minds and our hearts, we are able to feel that certain principles are true. Just as a seed grows when nurtured and nourished, faith is fed by the nourishing elements of prayer, study of truth, and exposure to the faith of others.First and foremost, our faith is founded on Jesus Christ, the only person or power who is fully capable of fulfilling all of His promises to us. As we learn of Him through study and prayer and as we strive to live His gospel, we can come to know that He is the Savior. Likewise, we can develop faith in His Church and gospel, the scriptures, ancient and modern prophets and apostles, and His commandments.Numerous reputed faculty members at BYU have shared, through their testimonies as well as their examples, what it means to learn through faith and academic study so that both complement, rather than conflict with each other. Each speech also reflects the power of faith when applied to the different struggles of individual lives. By sharing their experiences, these speakers strengthen our faith and encourage us to use that faith to overcome trials, guide decisions, and augment learning.