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Seeing the Divinity in Others

November 05, 2021 12:17 PM
When our children were teenagers, whenever they would leave our home, my husband or I would usually say to them, “Remember who you are.”
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Bridging the Divide

July 07, 2021 08:52 AM
When I reach across the aisle, does someone reach back?
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Women and Education

February 23, 2021 01:28 PM
A Future Only God Could See for You
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The Levite, the Priest, and the Good Samaritan in a World of Racial Injustice

November 04, 2020 11:24 AM
The many instances of some- times lethal violence and discrimination against Black people that have been widely publicized in the news media in the last several months have been deeply disturbing to me and
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Joy, Truth, and Brass Rings

July 14, 2020 12:07 PM
Unless you are either unusually lucky or incredibly unlucky, and in most cases even then, most of your careers will not be composed of drama.
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Be All In

November 20, 2019 09:51 AM
BYU is a special place. I go to a lot of universities, and there is nowhere else like this. I grew up here on this campus. My father was part of the BYU Marriott faculty for thirty years. There isn’t one part of the Tanner Building that doesn’t have a Smith mark on it somewhere.
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Disrupting the Universe

July 29, 2019 04:46 PM
In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T. S. Eliot wrote, “‘Do I dare?’ . . . ‘Do I dare?’ . . . Do I dare / Disturb the universe?” Although I haven’t always recognized it, this simple question has been one that has guided my journey through life.
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Bread for Life’s Journey

October 22, 2018 11:22 AM
A graduation speaker should give graduates a glimpse into who they are—supplying an anchor that allows them to stand firm in the storms of life. Providing that anchor requires unbelievable intelligence, insight, and wisdom—or, if a speaker doesn’t have those, answers from a really good questionnaire!
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Rising to the Occasion: Leadership in America

July 03, 2018 12:03 PM
I'm honored to be here at the BYU Marriott School of Business. This is a great school named after a great family. Dick Marriott is a good friend, and he is truly an inspiration. He and his family and the great story of that family are guides to how you can achieve success in life. This school was built to engage men and women of faith, character, and professional ability to become outstanding leaders, to advance their knowledge, and to provide service and leadership for their family, for their community, and for their nation.
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Choosing Joy

March 27, 2018 01:33 PM
How many times this semester have you been asked, “What are your plans after you graduate?” Dozens? Thousands? Most of you likely have a plan for your life.
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Get a Life

November 29, 2017 01:42 PM
I feel a deep sense of gratitude for Brigham Young University and its noble purpose. It has been at the very root of my conversion to the gospel and has laid the foundation for my private happiness and my professional progress.
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On Failing and Finishing

November 29, 2017 12:14 PM
The stories I have chosen to tell are not easy for me to share. These are not my proudest moments, and I usually prefer to wear my confident, professional persona for public consumption. However, I have come to appreciate the value of weakness and the strength that comes from acknowledging it. I hope that by sharing a couple of my failures, you can find some appreciation for your own.
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In the Footsteps of the Leaders

May 11, 2017 03:30 PM
Most of you will never have heard of Andrew Skurka, but those who like to backpack will know the name. He was the 2007 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Andrew circumnavigated the state of Alaska solo, going nearly thirty days without seeing another human being.
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The Power of Not Knowing

June 03, 2016 08:19 AM
You have probably heard the saying, “Knowledge is power.” I want to make a case for ignorance—not the lack of education or stupidity, but simply the lack of certainty.
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The Mountains of My Life

October 08, 2015 01:34 PM
No mountain is climbed in a straight line. Looking at my path between 1994, when I graduated from BYU, and where I stand today, it is certainly not a clean line. There have been ups, downs, and curves. Sir Francis Bacon once said, “We rise to great heights by a winding staircase.” Change is the only constant.
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