It’s true that we usually have to shoulder our burdens and do hard work, but as we work through our trials and look with hope and love to Christ, we will be given compensating blessings that will bind us to Him in powerful ways—even if our challenge remains.
There will be times when you may become discouraged while striving to obtain your education. When those times come, please remember that what you are doing is praiseworthy. You are seeking to improve yourselves as well as the kingdom of God.
With the vacation from school approaching, it is important to remember that we are never on vacation from our commitments to the Lord. As we take time to ponder the wonder of His birth and life on earth, let us also review the commitments we have made and recommit to labor with greater zeal during the coming year. Let us be more fully aware of our commitments, decide now to keep them, follow the Master in our approach to our commitments, set realistic goals to help us fulfill our commitments, anticipate the opposition that will come, and reap the blessings, both temporal and eternal, that flow to those who faithfully keep commitments.
The Lord needs faithful, articulate, committed men and women who are undaunted by what lies ahead and who are willing to stand up for what is right again and again.
Do what is right and others will follow your example. Every time you make the right choice in the face of potential criticism, you build strength that makes it easier the next time.
Merit your own self-respect! Be someone. Be a self that you can respect. Get your life in order, and then you can truly be an asset to the Lord.
For those who are "sitting on the fence" in terms of living the gospel, make up your minds now to keep the commandments of God and to receive His blessings.
Know that you have leaders of distinction here at BYU and that the Church invests its money and talent so heavily in this school because you are worth it.
Many today are seeking greater freedom, especially freedom of thought. Be grateful for your freedom of the mind, and use it well.
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The Lord needs more than the half-hearted faith and obedience of lukewarm disciples. Let us seek stability in our devotion to Him.
Thomas L. Martin humorously describes the main events of his life and highlights how the hand of the Lord worked to help him reach all his righteous goals.