What I have been talking about today is something that seems apolitical—it is not about democracy; it is just simply about seeing each other.
It is my prayer that each of us can be intentional in the way we use our time and energy. Making sure that time is spent on the “vital few” activities rather than the “trivial many” will bring happiness and peace not only in this life but in the life to come.
In all of your dealings with others, decide today to do the right thing for the right reason. If you wait until the moment of necessity to make that life-changing decision, you will often make the wrong choice.
Be a ray of light. Be your best self and let your character shine. Cherish the gospel of Jesus Christ and live it. The world needs you, and surely your Father in Heaven needs you if His blessed purposes for His children are to prevail.
Therefore, go; go humbly to serve. Work hard, be honest, and be reliable. I testify to you that you will be blessed and success will be yours.
We are blessed to have good role models of character at the university—both among the faculty and staff, as well as in the student body. To that end I would ask all of us to consider the impact our actions and decisions have on others.
Michael Wesch discusses the intersection of two knowledge machines—universities and the internet—and how without questions, students cannot learn.
I hope in our time together this morning we can think carefully and seriously about what we really are and, more important, what we desire and need to become. I am satisfied that this aim of a BYU education—to build character—cannot be neglected or diminished because all of the aims and the mission of this great university are so intimately related to one another.
As Elder Holland and Elder Scott suggest, let us all, both personally and collectively, look at our traditions and the established way we do things and make sure they are in line with how the Lord would have us live and, if necessary, establish new traditions.
Do you not see that one of the great mysteries of godliness that many never see is that when we use our agency to choose to give our love away, we gain more love and we become more like our Savior and our Heavenly Father?
Your greatness in the things God has ordained as primary and fundamental will not come in a day or with one grand act. It will be built over time with the sort of patient, persistent effort that has brought you to the achievement that we are celebrating today.
Those who view their contemporaries as competitors to be beaten rather than as brothers and sisters to be served often believe that others’ successes diminish their own. They are therefore more apt to find and point out faults of those around them.
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Resolve that each moment of your life will reflect your determination to humbly be an example of righteousness, integrity, and conviction. With such a life you will succeed in the purpose for which you came to earth.
If you know—and remember—who you are and remember your divine birthright, you will date noble people, wear modest clothing, use clean language, surf worthy Web sites, listen to good music, watch enriching movies, keep the Word of Wisdom, and stay morally clean.
I am humbled by the invitation to speak today. As I have prepared my remarks, I have had particularly in mind the 900 new freshmen who arrived on campus less than two weeks ago. The rest of you will, I hope, find something of value in what I say, but I especially pray that I can help the youngest students among us understand some of the unique opportunities that lie…
When the Savior appeared to the Nephites on this continent, He told them: Those things which were of old time, which were under the law, in me are all fulfilled. Old things are done away, and all things have become new. Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect. [3 Nephi 12:46–48] Later, emphasizing the importance of His theme,…
Steve W. Albrecht demonstrates how making wise decisions and being as good as you can be protects, not inhibits, our agency—in finance and in spirituality.
I would like to share with you a fictitious story that was told to me by my friend Professor Jimmie Smith at Texas Tech University. Even though this story is fictional, it has, I believe, a very important and extraordinary message. In an olden time there lived a king who wanted something very special and unique for his approaching birthday. To accommodate his desire, this king called together all the…
The Deseret News editor passionately describes the need for journalists who seek integrity in everything they do, despite the tough competition for readers.
What else than love such as this could lift life to another level, change not just a few details but its very quality and character? Hearkening to the call of Christ from His Spirit, or through another’s countenance, or both, we become genuinely honest, simple, solid, true—often together with someone we may not have trusted before.
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone shares touching examples of the love and compassion we need to develop in order to have a heart like God's.
You are the clay—and as such you are of utmost importance to the Lord. He loves you and desires to shape you into a magnificent vessel of honor—designed and glazed for all eternity. May we therefore set aside our fears and concerns for the future and “trust in the Lord with all [our] heart[s]; and lean not unto [our] own understanding.
Brigham Young University needs the contribution of faculty who are strong in scholarship and faith in order to fulfill its great mission.
Although everyone on earth has a different experience, the lessons that have helped people lead a good life are universal.
Education can transform us into the divine beings we have the potential to become. By molding character in each of us, education can also mold our future.
Christlike character is cultivated through our choices, not our circumstances or predispositions. We are always accountable for the outcome of our actions.
I would like to employ President Holland’s services in reading anything I write. It sounds good coming from him! Indeed, I felt like Victor Hugo for a moment, who, watching one of his plays, apparently oblivious for the moment to his surroundings, stood and shouted, “Hernani!” and took off his hat to the author of the great play. I was introduced at a graduation exercise this year in terms of periods…
As we become the most worthy versions of ourselves and strive to lift others, the Lord will be able to use us to build His kingdom.
To have dependable staying power in your life, subscribe to basic principles, consistently do your best, and choose character over reputation.
What does it mean to be a Mormon? When the pressure mounts to break our standards, will we be true? What values define our character?
True leaders are inspiring because they are inspired, caught up in a higher purpose, devoid of personal ambition, idealistic, and incorruptible.
The aim of education is so much more than getting a job. Education has the capacity to shape our character—a blessing that cannot be replaced.
We will all experience trials. Hard times do not make us courageous; the decisions we make in response to everyday situations will shape our character.
If we strive to experience excellence and endure here on earth, we will build character that will last throughout the eternities.
Avoid the trap of vanity and hypocrisy. Instead of worrying about how you seem to others, be the kind of person you know you can and should be.
I want to focus not so much on his prophetic character and gifts as on the characteristics observed by those who surrounded him—on Joseph Smith the man.
To make the most out of life, says BYU football coach LaVell Edwards, you need to have a game plan. Christlike living is the way to "win" eternal life.
God bless you to walk fearlessly, even though you walk in loneliness, and to know in your hearts that peace which comes of squaring one’s life with principle, that “peace of God, which passeth all understanding.”
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As you make decisions and determine who you will become, may you emulate the great men and women in our history who were willing to make a difference in the world no matter the personal cost. May your fame be your character.
BYU President Ernest L. Wilkinson tells the story of Karl Maeser's conversion and his legacy of honor and urges students to live by the Honor Code.
The Lord needs more than the half-hearted faith and obedience of lukewarm disciples. Let us seek stability in our devotion to Him.
In an insightful and humorous way, Elder Clark examines some of the common diseases that plague men's characters—and shows that Christ can cure them.