I hope that you, like Harvey Fletcher, engage in educational work while having instilled in your very being your duty to God and your fellowmen.
Loving our neighbor requires getting close to our neighbor and giving of ourselves. In Spanish, the term for “love of neighbor” is amor al prójimo, or “love of the one who is in proximity.”
It is so easy to worry only about yourself—your new job, your promotions, your advanced degrees, and even your fears. You will find that it is easy to place yourself, and at times your fears, as your treasure. If you do that, your heart will fail you.
Service is not just connected to joy in some amorphous, general way. Service is an essential part of the refining process that makes true joy possible.
The question that I would like to present to all of us today is “How can we keep our spiritual lifeblood flowing so that we will have the strength and the ability to continue our journey to return again to be with the Savior and our Heavenly Father?”
Therefore, go; go humbly to serve. Work hard, be honest, and be reliable. I testify to you that you will be blessed and success will be yours.
Caring for others, physically and emotionally, requires an unselfish and sensitive heart. It is an important part of the gospel. This caring is done in and out of the Church by good people, believers and nonbelievers.
If we change our perspective so that caring for the poor and the needy is less about giving stuff away and more about filling the hunger for human contact, providing meaningful conversation, and creating rich and positive relationships, then the Lord can send us someplace.
When we speak of shaping our lives through service to others, we are really speaking of living a charitable, Christlike life.
We can plan to give service—and I think that is excellent—but I believe the Savior taught and exemplified a better way. Christ most often blessed others when He was on His way to do something else.
Our Savior gave us the perfect example of love, compassion, respite, and rescue. He has beckoned us to come unto Him, to be His hands, and to love one another. May we go forward with a commitment to listen to those spiritual promptings.
No matter what the outer conditions are, keep spirits high and just persevere. Personal righteousness, responsibility, discipline, and devotion are requirements for final achievements.
Your own happiness and future success as individual and as family achievers will rest upon your nurturing of the common good in all that you choose to do.
Only from Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of this world, can we obtain the living water whose partaker shall never thirst again, in whom it will be “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Just as there is a necessity for each of us to know that our physical heart is functioning properly, it is equally important to know that our spiritual heart is healthy and functioning properly.
If you want to be happy, feel the Holy Ghost, and grow closer to the Savior, then practice pure religion.
Perhaps at times you may feel that God is not aware of you or that you haven’t felt His love. I believe that if you will reflect for just a moment on the loving service you receive from others, you will see the workings of the Lord moving in the background.
As you sit here in this congregation, ask yourself, “How can I serve?” Think of all you have learned during the past four or so years. How will you share the blessings of your BYU education?
Go forth and prosper, both spiritually and professionally. We applaud you and will always hold you close to our hearts.
We do not have to travel abroad to have fascinating and memorable experiences of service. We can and should start right here in our homes and neighborhoods. Jesus did not travel very far; often He served those very near to Him.
While Jesus sat at the well or visited with friends in their homes, the streets of Jerusalem were filled with the homeless, the hungry, the crippled, the blind, and those with leprosy, but there was nothing negligible about His services. There’s nothing negligible about the simple acts of kindness and assistance that you and I offer to those around us on a daily basis.
Learning how to receive is an antidote to pride. King Benjamin asked, “Are we not all beggars?” The answer is yes. He continued, “Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have?” Again the answer is yes.
Only Jesus can save us. The clearest expression of this is given by King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon: “There shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ.”
If we show tenacious faith and are prepared to lose ourselves in service, our Father in Heaven will prepare the way for us to accomplish all that He asks of us. I pray that we can be instruments in our Father in Heaven’s hands in doing His will and that we will find great and eternal joy in His service.
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.
The charity and uncommon service rendered at Kalaupapa serves as a reminder of the importance of erecting bridges instead of barriers, finding common ground instead of battleground, and valuing one another regardless of ethnicity and religiosity. To me it provides a vivid illustration of the need for Latter-day Saints to not only join hands but also to look outside the circle of our faith’s community and take Elder M. Russell Ballard’s charge seriously to “love one another. Be kind to one another despite our deepest differences.”
Fellow graduates, think for a moment upon ways in which you have been blessed. Perhaps foremost among our blessings, and far more valuable than an automobile, is an education at one of the finest institutions in the world.
As we desire to respond to the Savior’s invitation to come, we will have to leave behind our weaknesses and our sins.
What is personal ministry? Each of us has a personal ministry. I believe we received our personal ministry in the premortal world. It was divinely given and lasts a lifetime.
Today I pray earnestly that all of us may open wide the three gates of which I have spoken—the Gate of Preparation, the Gate of Performance, and the Gate of Service—and walk through them to our exaltation.
To be like the Savior is to be whole, which implies that we are engaged in acts of selfless service. Selfless service requires personal action, a desire to pick up our beds and walk. It is easy to give away excess money, used equipment, and used clothing. It is more difficult to give of our time, to give of our personal presence to help others.
To assist you in living lives of service, let me suggest three essential principles: First, help others succeed. Second, learn and develop your own talents and value the talents of others. Third, obtain a spirit of serving and giving.
Constant effort yields perfection in a skill and a glimpse of the capacity our Heavenly Father has endowed us with. Trust and coachability are akin to faith and obedience, and, when tested, prepare you—and your confidence waxes strong.
Brothers and sisters, we are all servants. We have received talents that are indeed the Lord’s goods. Those goods should help us develop His attributes.
There are people all around us, in our classes in school, in our work, in our homes and families, who cry, like Bartimaeus, “Have mercy on me.” And we, in turn, reflect on the Savior’s answer to Bartimaeus: . . . "Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole." [Mark 10:51–52]
Our testimonies let us trust that we are part of a very important pattern in building the kingdom of God, even if we can’t see it in its entirety. Every skill, talent, and ability we have, whether inborn or developed in callings or other areas of our lives, helps us be more serviceable in the kingdom.
As you leave the campus and pursue the chance of your lifetime, I am confident that you will reflect often on the educational and spiritual roots provided by your BYU experience.
We have great opportunities because of the experiences that we share, and we can bring each other forward as we enter to learn and go forth to serve.
With selflessness we demonstrate our true relationship and intimacy with the Savior. It is the link that binds together the family of God.
Today, where many pick and choose religious teachings as if they were a "salad bar," it is more important than ever to serve God and our fellow men.
Elaine S. Marshall shares some insights she has gleaned about physical and spiritual healing and what it means to have the "healer's art."
Elder Ballard, President Nadauld, President Bateman, faculty, ladies, gentlemen, and, most important, distinguished graduates, thank you very much for inviting me to be part of this special day. Since I didn’t go to college, this honorary degree is especially meaningful to me. Thank you. At a Senate hearing in Washington a few months ago, a senator and a cabinet secretary got into an argument over who was poorer growing up.…
"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." [Moroni 7:47]
Besides appreciating the divine worth of others because of their inheritances from God, it is vital that we see this same value within ourselves. We are children of God.
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.
Life will be hard but wonderful. You will be tested, but you will win. Enjoy the process of life. And in a lot of years you will look back and realize you have had a wonderful one.
In the final analysis, then, the greatest testimony we can ever give to others is an exemplary life devoted to service.
I challenge each of us to remember we are part of our Father in Heaven’s earthly family, and we should love each other as our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ love us.
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.
Serving at BYU is unique because of both contractual and covenant relationships. We can choose to serve for a multitude of reasons, but the best is charity.
I enrolled at Yale University as a doctoral student in administrative sciences in September 1977. All kinds of changes were occurring around me. A new school, the School of Organization and Management (SOM), had been established the year previous to my arrival at Yale. The Administrative Sciences Program shared its faculty and even a few of its classes with the School of Organization and Management, which offered a master’s degree…
Ben B. Banks shares meaningful stories of missionary work and service and admonishes students to go forth and serve others in their path.
The challenge contained in the motto of this university, to learn and to serve, represents the purpose of our mortal life.
God knows you perfectly. He loves you perfectly. His Only Begotten Son, Jesus, has asked you, “Come, follow me.” Thus, in a real and majestic sense, each of us here tonight has been “called to serve”!
The season of judgment will come to each of us. As we prepare to harvest a good and fulfilling life, let us store up knowledge, honesty, and service.
"This is your time to prepare, to develop character, to increase your faith. I have great confidence in you and your ability to figure out the future."
I’m concerned that so often the Saints inadvertently label others in our ward families as “them,” somehow not like “us.”
"Serve and grow, faithfully and quietly. Be on guard regarding the praise of men."
When you wonder whether one man or one woman really can make a difference, remember those in history who show that one person can change the world.
Though we live in a morally conflicted world, we can choose to serve the Lord. We are promised the help revelation, a sure witness, and an anchor of faith.
Never will our time or efforts be better rewarded than when they are spent in service and kindness. This kind of investing for eternity should be our aim.
We are often filled with the desire to make a difference in the world. In order to have the impact we want, however, we must prepare spiritually.
Those brave souls left us a legacy and a rich heritage. No amount of money could purchase what they freely gave. It cost life and limb. It cost great suffering and the most severe kind of heartache imaginable. Theirs was the noblest gift—that of love.
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.
In the Church, what's important is not where we serve, but how. Prepare for, accept, and give your best to the callings you will receive.
As you seek to serve the Lord, focus less on the position of your calling and more on becoming and offering your best self.
Antoine R. Ivins gives students spiritual and practical advice to prepare them for useful service in their community and the Church.
When God inevitably calls you to serve Him, will you respond as Samuel: "Speak, Lord, thy servant hearth?"—or as Jonah, taking the road to Tarshish?