Dignity and demeanor in our discipleship begin with understanding who we are. . . . We look to our Brother Jesus Christ as our perfect example and seek to emulate the divine attributes He demonstrated throughout His life.
Enduring to the end is not a separate step in the doctrine of Christ—as though we complete the first four steps and then hunker down, grit our teeth, and wait to die. No, enduring to the end is actively and intentionally repeating the steps in the doctrine of Christ.
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.
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.
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.
I’m suggesting that we seek to experience contentment while we work toward godliness—that we remember and appreciate all that God and Christ have done for us.
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.
"What we will take with us—to the degree we have developed them—will be the cardinal qualities that Jesus has perfected; these are eternal and portable."
It is worthy to make resolutions regarding our behavior, goals, or pursuits. Such resolutions become mileposts to guide our lives, now and later. They will lead us past the kind of transitory fads that evaporate like the morning dew in the heat of the sun.
"But the highest and most important use of the mind is to lead us to peace in this life and exaltation in the world to come."
Consistently develop your talents, hold fast to your integrity, and build your character. These are principles that will not depreciate with time. Why? Because they are God-given principles founded on eternal truths, and will endure through time and for all eternity.
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.
President Gordon B. Hinckley reminds BYU students that their university is sustained by tithing. The widow's mite is a sacred contribution.
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.
Adrian Van Mondfrans explains how to become men and women of principle. There are gospel formulas we can follow to become better.
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) … 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 character of 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.
"Act the role of the Latter-day Saint, be that noble bearer of the priesthood, and do all that’s necessary in order to measure up to your Father in heaven’s expectations."
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.