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.
Our tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs does not cause us to abandon our commitment to the truths we understand and the covenants we have made.
Our test is to learn to serve one another and to attain personal holiness. All the commandments of God tend to one, or usually both of these ends at the same time.
As we move into a secular age, we cannot overlook the importance of government's moral purposes, which include the protection of life and family.
It is because of the Atonement of Christ that we can recover from bad choices and be justified under the law as if we had not sinned.
We challenge you to study and internalize the basic required courses for life with the promise that conducting yourself in harmony with the Lord’s law will bring the only true, fulfilling, and rewarding happiness that this experience in the University of Mortality can produce.
May I suggest that human intimacy, that sacred, physical union ordained of God for a married couple, deals with a symbol that demands special sanctity.
My beloved brothers and sisters in the gospel, our Heavenly Father desires nothing for us but to be happy. He tells us only those things that will bring us joy. And one of the surest principles given by God to help us find that joy is the law of chastity.
Who are we, then, here at BYU? And what does God expect us to do? For one thing, he expects us to remember we are heirs of a gospel dispensation that had among its earliest commandments the challenge to “seek . . . diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, [to] seek . . . out of the best books . . . learning, even by study and also by faith”.
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?
The American challenge today is to win back and defend morality, freedom from excessive government control, and patriotism.
It isn't enough to be doing the right things; we need to make sure we are doing them for the right reasons. Ask yourself, "Are my motives pure?"
Sexual purity and virtue are imperative for men and women alike. Living morally will prevent temporal and spiritual consequences for you and your families.
Cecil B. DeMille, producer of the film The Ten Commandments, delivers a stirring call to BYU graduates to let their lives be empowered by the laws of God.
Religious education—in homes, churches, and institutes of religion everywhere—are necessary for our spiritual and moral health.
We are blessed to live in a free land. But is true freedom the ability to do whatever you darn well please? No. True freedom cannot come without morality.
As the world becomes increasingly dismissive of the morality, we must create a style of our own—one of modesty and chastity.
As the central government's power ever increases, we must protect our political freedom and show that we will take a stand as members of the Church.