Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Finding Joy in the Journey

President Thomas S. Monson has always been known for his many stories and love for literature. In this address, President Monson uses both to encourage us to love more, live in the now, and cultivate gratitude to God.

Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.”
For more than a decade, President Monson has fascinated me with his keen memory and love for service. I believe him to be a living Prophet and a faithful representative of Jesus Christ.

Finding Joy in the Journey: Audio Text Video
Thomas S. Monson General Conference 10/05/2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

God is the Gardener

Speaking at BYU's 1968 graduation ceremony, Hugh B. Brown encouraged the recent graduates to entrust their lives to God.

Now some of you as you go forward are going to meet with disappointment, perhaps many disappointments, some of them crucial… I think I could not leave with you a better message than this: God is aware of you individually. He knows who you are and what you are and furthermore he knows what you are capable of becoming. Be not discouraged then if you do not get all the things you want just when you want them. Have the courage to go on and face your life.
Audio for this address can be found below as well as an alternate telling of President Brown's allegory of the currant bush.

God is the Gardener: Audio Text
Hugh B. Brown BYU Graduation 05/31/1968

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence

Have you ever prayed for inspired guidance and received it? Such spiritual experiences assure us of God's love and certainly build faith. However, Jeffrey R. Holland warns that if Lucifer isn't successful in preventing such experiences, he may resort to attacking our very confidence in themcontent to "get his licks in later if not sooner."

Don't assume that a great revelation, some marvelous illuminating moment, or the opening of an inspired path is the end of it. Remember, it isn't over until it's over.
In this address, Elder Holland teaches us how to combat our doubts and fears by maintaining confidence in the things God has revealed.

Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence: Audio Text
Jeffrey R. Holland BYU Devotional 03/02/1999

Monday, March 31, 2008

Reflections of Christ

The Mesa Arizona Temple's visitor center is currently displaying a beautiful collection of
images created by Mark Mabry entitled Reflections of Christ.
With daily visitor counts
as high as 1,000 people,
the exhibit is attracting a lot of attention. Mabry's images
brilliantly capture both the humanity and grandeur of Jesus and His ministry. The following
slideshow, created by Cameron Trejo, includes every image in the exhibit along with a
beautiful arrangement of Come Thou Fount performed by Clyde Bawden and Freddie Ashby.

Reflections of Christ
Mark Mabry 01/18/2008

This slideshow is being used with the artist's permission.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane

Bruce R. McConkie spent his life coming to know Jesus Christ. Two weeks
before he passed away, Elder McConkie offered his final testimony of the
Savior. Given April 6th, 1985, Elder McConkie's last testimony is wonderful
and stirring. The following video contains the third part of Elder McConkie's
final testimony. The first two parts can be found below as well as text for
the entire address.

And as pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that he is the Son of the Living God and was crucified for the sins of the world... This I know of myself independent of any other person.

The Purifying Power of Gethsemane: Text Part 1 of 3Part 1 Part 2 of 3Part 2
Bruce R. McConkie General Conference 04/06/1985

Monday, March 17, 2008

But if Not...

One of the most memorable sermons from the April 2004 General Conference was Dennis E. Simmons' address on faith. Elder Simmons taught that true faith involves trusting the Lord completely, even when our prayers aren't answered the way we'd like.

Faith is not bravado, not just a wish... Faith is believing that although we do not understand all things, He does... Men accomplish marvelous things by trusting in the Lord and keeping His commandments—by exercising faith even when they don't know how the Lord is shaping them.
Last year I performed disappointingly on my Law School Admission Test. After months of prayer and promising practice exams, my score was devastating. Though it was impossible to see then, I see now that the Lord had important lessons to teach me through that humbling LSAT experience. In this address, Elder Simmons explains the importance of such "But If Not..." moments in our lives.

But if Not…: Audio Text
Dennis E. Simmons General Conference 04/04/2004

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Beware of Pride

Ezra Taft Benson prefaced his 1989 April Conference address saying, "This message has been weighing heavily on my soul for some time. I know the Lord wants this message delivered now." What followed was President Benson's classic and enlightening exposition on pride.

Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are sinning in ignorance... Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are elements of the sin, but the heart, or core, is still missing. The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen.
Though condemning, President Benson's insightful description of pride is also empowering. By understanding the subtle and creeping influence of pride in our thoughts and actions, we can fortify ourselves against this great and common sin.

Beware of Pride: Text
Ezra Taft Benson General Conference 04/01/1989

Friday, March 14, 2008


In April General Conference 2002, Boyd K. Packer spoke on the beauty of children and the responsibility of parents to raise their children in righteousness.

Children are the past, the present, and the future all blended into one. They are consummately precious. Every time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence.
For me, having a child has been both intimidating and rewarding, always challenging, and life changing. Elder Packer's sermon reminds me of the tremendous blessing it is to look after one of God's little ones.

Children: Audio Text
Boyd K. Packer General Conference 04/06/2002

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Tender Mercies of the Lord

The difficulties we face in life are overwhelming at times. In such circumstances, it can be easy to forget that a merciful and loving Heavenly Father watches over us. David A. Bednar reminds us that during these times the tender mercies of the Lord are still manifest.

I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are available to all of us... Our desires, faithfulness, and obedience invite and help us to discern His mercies in our lives.
As the happy father of a beautiful brand new baby girl I have much to be thankful for. I appreciate Elder Bednar's encouragement to recognize, remember, and acknowledge the Lord's tender mercies in my life.

The Tender Mercies of the Lord: Audio Text
David A. Bednar General Conference 04/03/2005

Monday, March 10, 2008

Eternal Marriage

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that eternal love is more than a poetic notion, it is God's greatest desire for His children. To qualify for this blessing, Latter-day Saints believe a husband and wife must work together as equal partners, serving each other and obeying the Lord. In this sermon, given at the April 2003 General Conference, F. Burton Howard celebrates the complete investment an eternal marriage requires.

If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it... You don't make it common or ordinary... It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.

Eternal Marriage: Audio Text
F. Burton Howard General Conference 04/06/2003

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Come Thou Fount

Though Come Thou Fount is not contained in the Church’s Official Hymnbook,
Latter-day Saints have long had a love affair with the protestant hymn. The
superb lyrics, written by Baptist minister Robert Robinson, speak of Christ
mercifully reclaiming the wandering soul.This beautiful rendition, arranged and
conducted by Mack Wilberg, was sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during
the Church's General Conference March 31, 2007.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

Come Thou Fount: Lyrics Sheet Music
Mormon Tabernacle Choir General Conference 03/31/2007

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