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.
If people witness you as a giver, they will see a leader. Servant leadership is no joke, and it’s a secret to success, whether you’re looking for success or not. When people see you giving and cooperating and serving others, they will see in you a leader, or a future leader, and they cannot help but help you.
God is no respecter of persons. All are deserving of our consideration. Love and mercy must be the foundation principles of our relationships.
By all means let’s continue to pray for the poor and needy, the sick, and those who mourn. But let’s all—every one of us—do more than pray. Let’s do what we can, according to our circumstances, to lift those arms that hang down. Let’s act in a way that will bless the poor and needy.
Your diligence and perseverance and patience in arriving here today will serve you well as this graduating class goes to many parts of this world where your intellect, energy, experience, and values are so critically needed.
In the final analysis, then, the greatest testimony we can ever give to others is an exemplary life devoted to service.
Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, calls on the BYU community, along with people everywhere, to join in the nationwide effort to get people involved in service. This involvement is the antidote for many of society's ills.
Alexander B. Morrison presents information about how the Church responds to crisis and humanitarian need, especially in recent efforts for refugees.
Giving is often better than receiving. The gifts that money cannot buy, like appreciation and friendship, are also those which bring us the most happiness.
We belong to a practical religion that requires not only our spiritual faith, but our physical time and money. We live our religion as we care for the poor.