With the battle raging between good and evil, I have seen many a modern, mighty woman stick her banner in the ground in her own way as she takes a stand and defends the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
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.
Dr. Clayborne Carson, Stanford University Historian, shares some personal insights from the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
You are not here by accident. God has a work to perform through you. Make Him the center of your efforts. Do what He would want you to do. Let His light shine more brightly through you as a result of your experiences at BYU.
One of the things I hope you learn here is how to be better leaders. If you do, you will be an enormous force for good.
Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Larry L. Howell shows how, in engineering as well as life, collaboration is an essential piece in the "anatomy of invention."
I think we need to recognize that we tend to do our best work when we are on the outer edges of what we know, when we are doing something hard and new, and when we are growing through challenge.
May we take advantage of the many mentors who surround us this year, and may we be worthy mentors to those whom we serve. May we not just take direction but may we take direction well, without taking offense.
As President Worthen knows, inspired leaders and teachers here have made it possible for students to begin to serve with what they have learned while they are still here. They don’t wait to graduate to become colleagues in the role of teachers.
Each of you, who have been given so much, has a duty to shine. To do this you must shun the ungodly influences in the world and maintain high standards. The path of mediocrity can never be yours. To be seen as a standard, your life must be one of distinction and excellence. It must be filled with good works that inspire others to seek God and to live Christlike lives.
Sometimes leaders need to foster close relationships of relative equality. Occasionally, strong displays of power and difference may be necessary. Usually leaders must achieve an appropriate balance according to the contingencies of their situation. That’s the hard part.
I invite each of you to “step up with me.” Let us “walk together” in service to this great university and the students it produces.
You simply must understand this, because you were born to lead by virtue of who you are, the covenants you have made, and the fact that you are here now in the 11th hour.
That is what we need: leaders with integrity, energy, inspiration, wisdom, and courage... I believe that if you heed the Lord’s call to be the light of the world, you will be those leaders.
Today, as one of the Lord’s apostles, I charge you to prepare spiritually and in every other way to be prepared for the important work ahead for you to do.
"Unless we align our eyes and our hearts with God’s glory, we will, to that extent, be filled with darkness."
Jesus Christ was the supreme leader about whom not enough can ever be said. His task was to lead all people back to their Father in Heaven, to give us all the unlimited potential of eternal life and its blessings.
True leaders are inspiring because they are inspired, caught up in a higher purpose, devoid of personal ambition, idealistic, and incorruptible.
Each of us is called to be a torchbearer for the Lord. To carry His light bright and strong, we need the virtues of a loving, diligent servant.
In a time when the Church experiences great growth throughout the world, we need to prepare to be its leaders, and our preparation begins with testimony.
As we develop faith, courage, and determination and strive to improve and share our talents and gifts, we will become the leaders God needs us to be.
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.”
When doing the Lord's work, failure is not an option. Creative leadership in our callings can help us discern the needs and talents of those we serve.
If we are to become, as the Savior commanded, the "salt of the earth," we must be prepared for academic, business, and civic leadership in the world.