Summer 2009

Elder Paul V. Johnson


LDSBC Commencement Address - April 2009

LDSBC Commencement Address
April 2009
This is a great day and I congratulate you on your accomplishment.  I know it has taken much effort, sacrifice and determination to come to this point, and I applaud you on this special day.  I want you to know that all you have done to make this day possible is important even beyond the diploma or certificate you receive here today. 
I also extend thanks to the faculty, staff and administration of LDS Business College for making this day possible for you.  I am personally grateful for them and for their love and concern for you.  This college is an important part of the Church Educational System, and I am grateful to these people who are dedicated to helping you, and this college, to reach new h
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Kitt Finlinson


"Making a Difference in Other’s Lives"

Making a Difference in Other’s Lives

I think that I am glad to be here today. Certainly, considering the many distinguished people who have occupied this podium previously, and who will yet address you in the future, I am honored and humbled by your presence today. You are now excused to leave and I will speak to the walls and empty chairs!

I plead with Father in Heaven for something I might share with you to give you pause to ponder.

I would like to spend the next half hour developing thoughts connected to the cultural belief of this institution which centers around Supporting Each Other for students and Champion Every Student for faculty and staff perhaps eventually stretching those connections to include the Atonement of the Savior.

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Miles Hunsaker


"Explorers of Light"

Explorers of Light

It’s an honor to be with you today. As I’ve pondered over the last several weeks about what I would say, I have felt the Spirit enlighten my mind and my testimony has been strengthened. 

As a designer I work with color on a psychological level to create the right sense and feeling in a space. Color is very personal to each one of us. Our reaction to color is almost instantaneous and has a profound impact on the choices we make every day. What is your favorite color?

Red = energy, holidays, passion, suffering, too much can raise blood pressure

Pink = soft, happy, sweet, too much can weaken people

Orange = happy, ambition, flamboyant

Yellow = cheerful, optimistic, improves creativity, too much causes babies to cry.

Green = growth, nature, money calming

Blue = calming, loyal, productive, cold

Violet = royalty, sophistication, wisdom, too much seems artificial

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Stephen Dyreng


"'My Country ‘Tis of Thee' Homelands and Loyalty"

"My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Homelands and Loyalty

We have just celebrated July 4th, the Birthday of the United States of America. Many here at LDSBC are from countries other than the United States. This song and my message could also for the most part apply to your country. Not only is this message about a land, but it is also about the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1.    My country,' tis of thee,

       Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;

       Land where my fathers died,

       Land of the pilgrims' pride,

       From every mountainside let freedom ring!

2.    My native country, thee,

       Land of the noble free, thy name I love;

       I love thy rocks and rills,

       Thy woods and templed hills;

       My heart with rapture thrills, like that above.

3.    Let music swell the breeze,

       And ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song;

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Lynda Henrie


"Preparation: A Learning Model Discovery"

Preparation: A Learning Model Discovery

Speaking to the sisters of the Church, President Monson, quoted a line from “Fiddler on the Roof” when Tevye cautioned his daughters, “Remember, in Anatevka … everyone knows who he is and what God expects him to do.”

President Monson said (speaking to all of us), “You know who you are and what God expects you to become.”

He continues, “We do live in turbulent times. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. Statistics reveal that at some time, for a variety of reasons, you may find yourself in the role of financial provider. I urge you to pursue your education and learn marketable skills so that, should such a situation arise, you are prepared to provide.”

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