LDS Business College Devotional
June 29, 2010 LDS Business College
Defining the measures of success in the way the world often
uses; we see these images displayed in a variety of ways, and they are often
distorted. To some success is measured
by winning the race, reaching the summit, or becoming the ‘champion’.
To others it may be finishing the race or just competing in
it. Others may cheer in success of hiking
the mountain, just walking life’s path, and others, like students: success is
just getting out of bed for an early morning class.
I believe that measuring success and viewing successes may be
seen as great events of rising pillars or simple particles such as pausing before
you act, from the driver that just cut you off.
Nevertheless, successes should have greater meaning for faithful
Latter-Day Saints with eternal perspectives.
At LDS Business
College, we value the measure to achieve institutional initiatives and fulfill
our inspired Mission which is:
LDS Business College provides a distinctive educational experience
rooted in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We work together to
cultivate a nurturing
environment, teach practical skills, and develop confident and skillful
We enlighten minds, elevate hope, and ennoble souls to strengthen
families, communities, and the Lord's Church (http://www.ldsbc.edu
According to this mission; students become significant measures as particles
of truth enlighten your minds that grow as rising pillars, building yourselves,
your families, the Church, and your communities. Students are all about the college’s
success! I will help illustrate this
through the words of one your fellow LDSBC students:
“I just want to tell you how grateful I am to take this medical
assisting program and
have this experience with Cope family medicine. I have come to an end of my learning experience
and have learned a lot; ready to work in any health care facility.
My first week I was asked to join the doctor to assist him perform a
procedure, for which I was nervous at the beginning, but I got the courage
after that. It’s a surprise to be doing
all this during my first week.
My course work has given me the courage to prepare for this and I am happy
for that. ... After my fourth week, I
was okay in taking vital signs and taking patients to the office and obtaining
medical [histories] and records…
Now that I am at the end of my hours, [I] am very happy and feel like
not just being a medical assistant but to [become] a nurse and [I’m] happy for
that. Thank you very much for all [the help you have given] me”.
I would like to add my perspective of this
student so you might know of the particles I witness in his growth and success. He is an international student and returned
missionary. In his courses, learning the
theory was challenging for him, yet he kept his grades above average. He would
sit quietly and timidly in the back of the class, rarely adding a comment.
After his experience he noted above, he
became a different young man, a different student. Proven knowledge filled him
with confidence. He radiates enthusiasm,
adds insightful questions to enhance the learning environment. Some of this young man’s true success can be
measured by his grades but the greatest measures are the evidences of his growth
as a skilled and confident learner prepared for a professional career.
From particles to pillars this student
gained much more than a degree. These are the successes we work toward and hope
for each of you and others that will fill these halls and classrooms. This is
In ‘Preach My Gospel’ the
attributes given for success are:
Avoid comparing yourself to others and measuring
the outward results of your efforts against theirs.
the Spirit testify to people through you.
people and desire their salvation (success).
so that you can receive and know how to follow the Spirit, who will show you
where to go, what to do, and what to say.
‘You are successful when you are
obedient, live righteously, and do your best in helping others live the gospel’ (2010, pp.
In the 180th
Annual General Conference, Sister Beck, drew these parallels of success: “…We
are doing well when we increase faith and personal righteousness. We are doing well when we
seek to improve ourselves and do our best. We are doing well when we increase
faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out
and help others who are in need. We know we are successful if we live so that
we qualify for, receive, and know how to follow the Spirit... Peace, joy, and
hope are available to those who measure success properly (Beck, 2010).
While teaching some of His final sermons during His mortal ministry, the
Master provides His example of measured success or as I refer particle to
pillars. In Matthew 25: 14-28 Parable of the Talents
14 ¶ For the kingdom of
heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own
servants, and delivered
unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he agave
five talents, to
another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability;
and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and
traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had
received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one
went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of
those servants cometh, and areckoneth
20 And so he that had received five talents came
and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou adeliveredst
unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them
five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou
and faithful aservant
: thou hast been bfaithful
over a few things, I will make thee cruler
over many things: enter thou into the djoy
of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said,
Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other
talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I
will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and
said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not
sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid,
and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou
wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest
that I breap
where I sowed not, and
gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the
exchangers, and then
at my coming I should have received mine own with ausury
Take therefore the atalent
from him, and give it
unto him which hath ten
What are the talents or gifts we have been given to help with our simple
or great successes? Do we use these
talents to grow our knowledge of truth, growing from particles to pillars? How many of you have received your Patriarchal Blessing? How many of you read and study it to know
some of the gifts and talents which you have been blessed? Your gifts and other gifts you will acquire
exist to help you succeed in your life path; a blessing to others and yourself,
which the Lord states are the true measures of your success.
I do not
think it an accident, that we have a Learning Model at LDSBC that encourages us
to exercise our given talents.
Understanding the parable of the talents, it behooves us to use all our
abilities to exercise our gifts so that we might also acquire additional
talents, additional knowledge, and additional power to become.
endowments from heaven are often gained by diligence, dedication, and devotion in
exercising our gifts. These attributes
can create learning beyond learning, truths that raise us and rise with us for
now and for eternity. The Master has
promised as we are successful in practicing our natural talents we may receive
more gifts to bless us, our families, and the kingdom of heaven.
the Lord said, "This book of the alaw
shall not depart out of thy mouth; but
thou shalt bmeditate
therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way
prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”(Joshua 1:8).
Paul, provides an example of how important it is to have particles to build
pillars or in his words we need all our parts to create the whole. (1 Cor.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it
therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it
therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the
whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath
God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they
were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are
they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the ahead
the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more
those members of the body, which seem to be amore
feeble, are necessary:
That there should be no schism in the body; but that
the members should have the same acare
one for another.
And whether one member asuffer
, all the members bsuffer
with it; or one member be honoured, all the members
rejoice with it.
Now ye are the
body of aChrist
Each of you creates the
student body of LDS Business College and you
are also members of the body, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints. As the Apostle Paul states in
this passage, we also need your examples as all of us work together and rejoice
together as we meet the measures of our design.
To those parts that are
frail or ill, we seek the best ways to restore them to their full measure. To students that struggle in the college
environment we nurture you with particles of truth, trust, aid you, and encourage you to rise to your potential
pillars of success.
Might I also add; each
student needs to participate, having every class member present each and every
day of class. Just as the Church needs
every member, so that we may experience the abundant measure of the Gifts of
the Spirit: instructors need every student and students need other students, so
that together, learning by the Spirit will create the best learning. Learning
experiences will be more powerful when we offer particles to invite abundant
measures of the Spirit
To claim these experiences we need to be
prepared for them.
Students, you need to
attend class often to speak one with another, teach one another, and offer your
gifts or talents as we learn together and measure particles of success in the
It is through
preparing, participating, and offering your talents or gifts that we learn in
the more excellent way. This is how we
can measure learning in the most successful ways.
Success need not be
measures of an end, but with the small and simple successes or particles, we
measure to build ourselves, lift others, and elevate hope of growing pillars.
If the dust of the
earth (or particles) can be organized into human flesh, then we need not be so
quick to discount the seemingly small particles of success that we experience
in learning while living this journey.
Now I pray
that we will not focus so much on the measure of our stature, nor of our final grades,
but more upon the measure of the Spirit within us in the process of learning
and growing, and how we use our gifts to measure our successes properly. Remember simple particles of knowledge can
grow to pillars and successes can be measured from simple to great; growing as
pillars within our families, the Church, and communities. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Beck, J. B. (2010, May 1). Upon the handmaids in those
days will I pour out my Spirit. Ensign , pp. 10-12.
Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. (2010, May 13). Preach My Gospel. Retrieved