Faith that is “tested, wounded, but . . . here” is a powerful, transformative kind of faith. That kind of faith recognizes that because we look through a glass, darkly, we will still have questions. It is a faith that coexists with questions and paradoxes. It is a faith that has battle scars but also enduring resonance.
As you set goals and make plans for your life, working to relieve the suffering and lift the burdens of others should be present in your endeavors.
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.
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.
Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace.
This is why we partake of the sacrament each week: to renew our covenants we have made with the Lord in the waters of baptism; to remember Him and to keep His commandments; to refresh in our minds who we are and what our role is in God’s plan.
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.
I would invite each of you to study and prepare your minds and then make a commitment to develop your talents and provide a significant contribution to the world.
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.
Sportscasting icon and former BYU football star Vai Sikahema talks about how the Lord prepares and uses our talents and experience to bless others.
Some commencement advice: consider the future, don't be too modest about your talents, and remember that the road to heaven is more work, but worth it.
As we move toward eternal progression, we must develop our God-given talents so that our capacity to serve God and our fellow man can and will increase.
The purpose of life is using our talents to benefit others. Our spiritual gifts are also used to build the kingdom of God if we choose to improve and serve.
There are many talents worth pursuing, but none that surpass the talent of spirituality. Elder Rector gives suggestions to help us improve this talent.
Go to, then, you who are gifted; cultivate your gift. Develop it in any of the arts and in every worthy example of them.