Fall 2019

Alynda Kusch

Alynda Kusch

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"Spiritual Mountains – What African Hope Taught Me"

You know, I have had people ask me what it was like to be a student of President Kusch’s. He is actually a very good teacher and when you major in the discipline that he is teaching, it means that you’re also taking classes from his colleagues. I could never blow off an assignment, or sit and sleep during class because everything I did in the business management department had to be perfect, excellent work because I didn’t want him or any of his friends to think that I was stupid. So, there was great pressure!   

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Christmas 2019 Devotional

Christmas 2019 Devotional

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Come for an hour of enlightenment as we host our Christmas 2019 Musical Devotional with a message by Jeff Rowland, Institute of Religion Director, on December 10.

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Melanie Conover

Melanie Conover

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"Loving Acts of Service"

Hello everyone! I am grateful for this opportunity to be able to speak today. I am very grateful for that beautiful musical number. That brought the Spirit so strong, and I love music so much. I am also grateful for the words Luke shared. It is fun to have one of my co-workers kind of be my opening act, so thank you, Luke. 

When I was 16 years old, my first job was working as a cashier at a grocery store in Brigham City, Utah. I later moved to Logan to attend Utah State, and I worked in a grocery store in Cache Valley. I loved working in grocery stores as it gave me a great chance to meet many interesting and wonderful people and – I learned very quickly – that I could have a pleasant conversation with just about anyone.  

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Roger Christensen

Roger Christensen

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Come for an hour of enlightenment as Roger Christensen, Religion Instructor at BYU, is our devotional speaker on November 26.

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Elder Neil L. Andersen

Elder Neil L. Andersen

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Come for an hour of enlightenment as Elder Neil L. Andersen is our devotional speaker on November 19.

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John Barger

John Barger

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"All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience"

President, I appreciate that introduction, but I am most especially grateful for the calming influence of Emily’s testimony and that beautiful performance by the choir. I want all of you to know how honored I am to be invited to visit with you today.  You already know this, but you are greatly blessed to be led by President and Sister Kusch, who have become friends to my wife Lauri and me.  Somehow, we have become General Conference tailgate buddies, sharing a meal in the Church Office Building garage between General Conference sessions every six months, and it’s clear that you are on their minds all the time.  I have thought about you a lot over the past few weeks as I’ve pondered what I might say.  I have prayed to know something of your circumstances and what might be appropriate to share with you.  In many ways I envy you – you’ll never have more energy, or enthusiasm, or brain cells, or hair than you have today!  In many other ways I’m very grateful for the experiences of my li

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Elder Robert C. Gay

Elder Robert C. Gay

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"Lessons From Gethsemane"

Thank you choir for the beautiful music. I would also like to say thank you, Tanner, for the prelude music today.

It is wonderful to be with you brother and sisters. 

It’s an honor to especially join you in this wonderful pioneer hall. I appreciate that you are here because of your desire to do God’s will in your life, and I humbly join with President Russell M. Nelson who said, “Our Heavenly Father has reserved many of His most noble spirits—perhaps, I might say, His finest team—for this final phase [before the second coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ]. Those noble spirits—those finest players, those heroes—are you!” (Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 2018).

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Troy Beynon

Troy Beynon

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Come for an hour of enlightenment as Troy Beynon, Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, is our devotional speaker on December 3.

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Dean Garner

Dean Garner

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"Receiving Revelation"

That was beautiful. Thank you, choir, Brother Decker. That was wonderful.

Students have been asking me all week long: “How are you doing? Are you nervous?”

What can I say? I’ve never been better. I am grateful for this opportunity because it has helped me to stretch and understand. Today, our goal is to understand a little bit better this idea of receiving revelation

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Elder Paul B. Pieper

Elder Paul B. Pieper

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"Live Intentionally"

It ­is ­a­ delight­ for ­me ­to ­be ­with ­you ­this ­morning. ­As ­I ­prepared this talk I could feel something about how much the Lord loves you. That He knows you, that He wants to speak to you today and I felt Him guiding me to see what I can do to make that happen. As I came and shook your hands I felt that even more, that the Lord has even more great things for you to do. You all, each one of you, has an important mission for which you came to earth. ­I ­can ­feel ­your ­faith, ­and ­the ­faith­ of ­your mothers ­and ­fathers—faith ­that ­has caused ­you ­to ­come ­to ­this ­unique­ institution­ of ­higher ­learning—the ­LDS ­Business ­College. ­Each of you are ­here because of that faith.

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Guy Hollingsworth

Guy Hollingsworth

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"The Wounded Storyteller"

It is my privilege to be with you today. I thank you for coming, because I was fearful that you wouldn’t, and even though you being here adds to my nervousness, I have prayed and fasted that the Lord will bless me, and you, during the short time we have together this morning.

I start my talk today referring to the renowned medical sociologist Arthur Frank, who often wrote about what he called THE WOUNDED STORYTELLER, an ancient term with an ancient consistency attached—a term that often defined my doctoral work years ago and a concept that has often fit my life at various times. Dr. Frank noted: 

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President Kusch

President Kusch

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"That You May Know How to Act (When You Don't Know What to Do)"

Brothers and sisters, I am excited and happy to be with you this morning in the opening devotional of the semester. I hope that you each took the opportunity last week to listen to President Nelson as he spoke. Sister Kusch and I express our love to you and for you; we are grateful you are here and pray for your success and happiness.  

To begin, I would like to show a short video inviting everyone to devotional. 

 

We want you to enjoy coming to devotional each week, ride a scooter if you need to! Don’t bring them on Temple Square. We almost got arrested when we were filming this video, so we just want you to be careful. We do want you to come to devotional each week and to help others by inviting your friends to attend devotional with you. I testify that as you do, you will be blessed in your studies and all areas of your life to become a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. 

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