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.
Speeches by Topic | Self-Improvement
Stories are a way to preserve our history and culture, passing it along to the next generation in a form that is easy for others to remember. Stories help us explore possibilities.
We are supposed to be different! We were created as such for our individual growth and the growth of our friends and neighbors. Our individuality began before we were here and will continue on after we leave.
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.
To be in tune with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we have to find a way to see the truth we share and work toward peace and unity.
So grace is not a booster engine that kicks in once our fuel supply is exhausted. Rather, it is our constant energy source. It is not the light at the end of the tunnel but the light that moves us through the tunnel. Grace is not achieved somewhere down the road. It is received right here and right now. It is not a finishing touch; it is the Finisher’s touch.
An important part of being self-aware is to understand how we influence for good or ill others around us by how we act, speak, and respond.
Let me ask you another question: What is Heavenly Father’s game plan for us? I am sure He would like you to implement some of your goals and some of your parents’ goals. But His game plan for us is found in Moses 1:39: “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Now that is a game plan. It appears to me that our Father in Heaven has high expectations for all of us. Have we embraced those goals?
President Bateman, colleagues, students, friends, and family, I appreciate the privilege that has been extended to me to talk with you for a few minutes this morning. I feel humbled by this assignment and pray that I might share a thought or two with you, especially as university students, that will be of some value and that the Spirit of the Lord might convey to you the feelings of my…
I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with you, because I have a hint as to who you are and what you will become. I have also fallen in love with this university, its students, and its mission to balance the sacred and the secular. President Bateman indicated earlier this semester that this balance “is at the core of this institution’s existence” (Merrill J. Bateman, “The Mission of Brigham…
A new year is an opportunity to resolve to make memories - to mend a relationship, express gratitude and love, and record little miracles.
Much of our happiness depends not on what we have, but on our gratitude for it. Contentment is not complacency. It is a gift that brings lasting joy.
It is said that some of the saddest words ever said are "it might have been." Don't let life and its opportunities to improve yourself pass you by.
Success in life is built on small, consistent choices and the determination to work hard. Steer a steady course, and you will not be disappointed.
This year, make resolutions to develop as the Savior did—intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. It will take effort, but will be worth it.
Brigham Young University needs the contribution of faculty who are strong in scholarship and faith in order to fulfill its great mission.
As you make resolutions for the new year, don't be too hard on yourself. Remember that God can give you the spirit of commitment and resolution you lack.
We are all alike, and yet so very different. This truth reflects one of the most unusual aspects of the Creation, that there should be such wide diversity in the midst of apparent uniformity. For example, as I look out over this vast audience, it is impossible for me to differentiate among the sea of faces. It reminds me somewhat of the jest of one of our Japanese friends who…
To have dependable staying power in your life, subscribe to basic principles, consistently do your best, and choose character over reputation.
Elder Featherstone gives examples of the various ways that righteous role models like President Kimball give their devotion to the Lord, to the last drop.
The tithing funds that support BYU are sacred sacrifices of Church members. Remember the value of the widow's mite and make the most of your time here.
The Discovery, Titanic, BYU—all began with a dream. We must nail our colors to the mast to see the safety and success of our ship through.
A Sad Case A number of years ago, as a counselor in a bishopric, I was assigned to home teach some of the less active members of our ward. One of my families was a lone man who lived in a rented room. He was very hard to find at home. And try as I might to be Christian about it all, I was often glad when he was…
When money becomes our god, we are poor. One of life’s great lessons is to teach us that what we do with what we have is more important than what we have.
The chain held by Satan is referred to in the scriptures as “the chains of hell” (Alma 12:11), “the bands of iniquity” (Mosiah 23:12), “chains of darkness” (2 Peter 2:4), and “the everlasting chains of death” (Alma 36:18). Such chains are used in making us captives of the evil one. Normally, they are not thrown over a man or a woman suddenly or in one single act. They start as flaxen threads and encumber a person habit by habit, sin by sin, and strand by strand.
As we seek to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we need to understand Him better. Ivan J. Barrett offers insights into the life and character of Jesus Christ.
There are many "necessities of living" here in mortality: thoughts, ideas, words, character traits, and acts to aid us in becoming who we need to be.
We follow a perfect leader—not just one who tells us to do what he thinks we should do, but the only one who can say that we should be as He is in everything. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord asked the question, “What manner of men ought ye to be?” And then He answered by saying, “Verily I say unto you, even as I am.”
God gave us the freedom to choose but not the freedom to choose our consequences. To become our best, we must choose the right and change ourselves.
I would like, for a few moments with you this morning, to suggest what I think the man of Christ is—his integrity, his selflessness, his courage.
Calling ourselves Latter-day Saints should fill us with responsibility to act like a saint. God expects us to be noble representatives of His cause.
Joseph Anderson shares insights from those who have greatly influenced his life, especially Church leaders who have left their footprints on many hearts.
This year, ask God to help you create a game plan that will help you overcome the adversary and reach your temporal and spiritual goals.
"2 + 2 = 4" means nothing without that powerful plus sign. What could come of your life if you committed to doing all that is required of you, "plus" ...?
There will be challenges this year, but stay safe, keep the Honor Code, help others, and take a well-rounded education seriously, and you will succeed.
If I can, I should like to challenge those who attend this institution to broaden their vision, rather than to limit it, so that there might be no lost horizons for any of the graduates of this great university.
Now is our time to choose. Let our New Year's resolutions be to listen better, to learn better, to labor better, and to love better.
"The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon." Can we be that kind of instrument in His hands? An example of love, service, and excellence? I believe we can.
In our lives, there are "ships" that, if anchored and used well, will greatly help us: workmanship, friendship, courtship, hardship, and worship.
Whatever undertakings may demand of you and of your attention, I tell you, young men and young women, you cannot make a better resolution today than this: “I am going to keep close to the Lord. I am going to understand Him better, and, understanding Him, I will understand myself and will try to put my life into harmony with His.”
The worth of souls is great in the sight of God. He is interested in each member of the Church and their needs, potential, and talents.