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A spiritual boost, right at your fingertips. Speakers from all walks of life are invited to speak at BYU each Tuesday and share their experiences with the student body—and with you. Tune in for spiritual guidance, leadership tips, and more from highly acclaimed speakers striving to uplift and educate.

117 Episodes

Great Temples of Learning on Temple Hill | Eric N. Jellen | 2024

Through understanding the genetics of oats and quinoa, we learn the importance of light and truth, both secular and spiritual. Rick N. Jellen, a professor of genetics in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, delivered this forum address on May 21, 2024.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

Eternal Belonging and Becoming | Michelle H. Bennett | May 2024

Though we may lack worldly achievements, we always belong because God sees us for who we truly are as children of God who are becoming more. Michelle H. Bennett, assistant vice president of information technology, delivered this devotional address on May 14, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

Becoming the Sine Qua Non | C. Shane Reese | April 2024

C. Shane Reese, president of BYU, delivered this commencement address on April 25, 2024. C. Shane Reese encourages graduates to become the sine qua non in others' lives—meaning without which, things would not be possible. You can access the talk here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

Choosing God’s Best Blessings: Family | Grant J. Jensen | May 2024

Grant Jensen, dean of the College of Computational, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences, delivered this devotional address on May 7, 2024. The greatest gifts from God come from the Abrahamic covenant and the new and everlasting covenant: the blessings of families. You can access the talk here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Becoming Our Best BYU Self | Gerrit W. Gong | April 2024

In this commencement address, Elder Gong invites us to be our best BYU selves, committing to a life of faith, service, and discipleship. Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this commencement address on April 25, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

Finding Direction in Uncertainty | Mary Davis | April 2024

When faced with uncertainty, we can move forward with faith, knowing that God will lead us on our personal paths. Mary Davis, BYU professor of microbiology and molecular biology, delivered this devotional address on April 9, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

The Tree, the Fruit, and the Building | Rick Anderson | April 2024

From the symbols in Lehi's dream, we learn that sometimes we must stand alone in faith and Godly truth, even when it is not cool or popular. Rick Anderson, BYU university librarian, delivered this devotional address on April 2, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

Rise to Your Divine Identity, Purpose, and Destiny | Brian K. Taylor | March 2024

In our life, both now, before, and after earth, we must discover our divine identity, purpose, and destiny. Brian K. Taylor, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on March 19, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

Our Path to Lasting Personal Peace | Steven J. Hafen | March 2024

Christ’s Atonement purifies, enables, assures, comforts, and exalts us on our path to lasting personal peace. Steven J. Hafen, BYU administrative vice president, delivered this devotional address on March 12, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Stronger and Closer Connection to God Through Multiple Covenants | Dale G. Renlund | March 2024

Making multiple covenants with God—baptismal, endowment, and sealing covenants—allows us to develop a stronger and closer connection to Him. Dale G. Renlund, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on March 5, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

The Value of Faith in Your Education: Reflections on My 60-Year Journey | Freeman Alphonsa Hrabowski III | February 2024

Hrabowski shares his experiences with Martin Luther King Jr., racial conflicts from his childhood, and how God helped through it all. Freeman Alphonsa Hrabowski III, American educator, advocate, and mathematician, delivered this forum address on February 27, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

Can You Imagine? | Evan A. Schmutz | February 2024

We must be faithful to God's commandments so we can be prepared to imagine that day when we will see our Heavenly Father again. Evan A. Schmutz, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on February 13, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

Magnifying Our Precious Gift of Time | Jan E. Newman | February 2024

Time is limited, but as we prioritize our time, God will direct our efforts away from distractions and toward things that are most important. Jan E. Newman, Second Counselor of the General Sunday School Presidency, delivered this devotional address on February 6, 2024. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

“Consider the Wondrous Works of God” (Job 37:14) | David A. Bednar | January 2024

Participating in God’s work helps us see that we are God’s wondrous works, His work is for us, and we are dependent on Him for strength. David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on January 23, 2024. Access his talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2024

“Choose You This Day”—“Think Celestial” | K. Brett Nattress | January 2024

We can choose to think celestial every day by praying, reading the scriptures, and serving others, even if we have made mistakes in the past. K. Brett Nattress, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on January 16, 2024. Access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

Developing Eyes to See | C. Shane Reese | January 2024

To become the BYU of prophesy, we must have eyes to see the world through a gospel lens, see others as God does, and see our divine identity. C. Shane Reese, president of Brigham Young University, delivered this devotional address on January 9, 2024. You can access it here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

Being “Doers of the Word” | Wendy W. Reese | January 2024

Being a disciple of Christ means not just hearing the gospel and words of the prophets but also acting on those teachings. Wendy W. Reese, wife of BYU president C. Shane Reese, delivered this devotional address on January 9, 2024. You can access it here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

Christmas Devotional | December 2023

At the final BYU devotional of 2023, the campus community worships and celebrates Christmas in story, dance, and song. Merry Christmas! You can watch the Christmas devotional here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

“We Believe in Being Honest” | Matthew L. Carpenter | December 2023

To embrace the light of Christ and be like Him, we must be honest in all our doings, including religious, online, and academic situations. Matthew L. Carpenter, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on December 5, 2023. You can access it here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2023

Mammon or Marriage? | W. Bradford Wilcox | November 2023

While many search for happiness through financial or career success, being married and having a family increases overall happiness more than other achievements. W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, delivered this forum address on November 28, 2023. You can access it here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2023

Fear Not and Return with Honor | Gary B. Sabin | November 2023

We must follow Christ by exercising faith and keeping an eternal perspective to fulfill life’s mission and return with honor to our Father in Heaven. Gary B. Sabin, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on November 7, 2023. You can access it here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

Fulfilling the Dream | John S. and Susan W. Tanner | October 2023

The Tanners share five principles of a Christlike education that will allow us to fulfill the dream and vision of Brigham Young University and its founders. John Tanner, former president of BYU–Hawaii (and academic vice president of BYU), and Susan Tanner, former president of the Young Women's organization, delivered this forum address on October 31, 2023. You can access it here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

Our Covenant Relationship with God: A Wellspring of Relief | Kristin M. Yee | Oct. 2023

Kristin M. Yee shares five thoughts about how Christ brings relief into our lives through our covenant relationship with God. Kristin M. Yee, second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, delivered this devotional address on October 24, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2023

Preparing Students for Eternity | Quentin L. Cook | August 2023

Inviting others to Christ, living the gospel, and uniting families helps faculty to lay hold upon good things and prepare students for eternity. Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this university conference address on August 28, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 October 2023

“Lord God of Hosts, Be with Us Yet” | D. Todd Christofferson | September 2023

In this time of uncertainty, we must defer to the will of God to find unity. We cannot forget our mission and the source of our strength. D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this inaugural address on September 19, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 October 2023

Meeting Jesus in the House of the Lord | Allen D. Haynie | October 2023

We come closer to Christ by making and keeping covenants in the temple and seeking to love and understand God’s symbols and the holy garment. Allen D. Haynie, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on October 10, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

How Will You Carry His Name? | Abigail M. Allen | October 2023

We must emulate Christ's love and live His revealed doctrine to carry Christ's name through our actions and examples. Abigail M. Allen, assistant professor of accounting in the Marriott School of Business, delivered this devotional address on October 3, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

Utah and the Constitution: A New National Narrative | Akhil Reed Amar | September 2023

Akhil Reed Amar, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, gives insights into the birth of the U.S. Constitution and an expanded historical narrative of its first half century. Amar, an American legal scholar, delivered this forum address on September 26, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2023

Gifts of Light | Justin Collings | August 2023

Accepting gifts of light from the Lord will allow the faculty to help BYU become a beautiful place where students can come to Christ. Justin Collings, academic vice president of Brigham Young University, delivered this university conference address on August 28, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 September 2023

No Coincidences | C. Shane Reese | September 2023

When we accept God’s plan and timing, we can strengthen our connections with others and know that there are no coincidences in the work of the Lord. C. Shane Reese, president of Brigham Young University, delivered this devotional address on September 12, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2023

Comfort in Christ | Wendy W. Reese | September 2023

Please remember that you have access to the greatest source of comfort of all who can be with you at all times. If you will strive to access the Savior’s power through prayer, service, and temple attendance, I promise that you will find comfort in Christ. Wendy W. Reese, wife of President C. Shane Reese, delivered this devotional address on September 12, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2023

“Quick to Observe” | C. Shane Reese | August 2023

BYU employees can be “quick to observe” like Mormon was by seeking and obeying gospel doctrines and prophetic counsel. C. Shane Reese, president of Brigham Young University, delivered this University Conference address on April 27, 2023 You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 September 2023

Observation, Reason, Faith, and Revelation | Dale G. Renlund | August 2023

Observation, reason, and faith facilitate revelation and enable the Holy Ghost to be a reliable, trustworthy, and beloved companion. Dale G. Renlund, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this Education Week devotional address on August 22, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 August 2023

Counting the Known (and Unknown) Costs of Discipleship | Reid L. Neilson | August 2023

As we covenant to consecrate all we are and have to the Lord, we should remember to count the known and unknown costs of our discipleship. Reid L. Neilson, assistant academic vice president of BYU, delivered this devotional address on August 8, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 August 2023

Gathering in Divine Communities | Kevin W. Utt | August 2023

We are not on a solo sojourn. Since our first day on this earth, God has organized us into communities, where we learn more about Him and become more like Him. Kevin W. Utt, director of the Honor Code Office, delivered this devotional address on August 1, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 August 2023

The Hopeful Change in Global Health | Benjamin T. Crookston | July 2023

Despite the progress we still need to make in global health, there are several hopeful changes in the world, and we can all contribute. Benjamin T. Crookston, professor of public health in the College of Life Sciences, delivered this forum address on July 25, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 26 July 2023

Jesus Christ, the Greatest Influencer in Your Life | Pamela Jo Brubaker | July 2023

We all have people who influence us through their actions. Let's strive to emulate Jesus Christ, who is the greatest influencer in our lives. Pamela Jo Brubaker, associate professor of public relations in the School of Communications, delivered this devotional address on July 18, 2023. Access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

Endowed with His Power, You Are Ready to Lead | Barbara Morgan Gardner | 2023

To fulfill our purpose, we must understand our divine potential, keep our covenants to gain covenantal power, and become perfected in Christ. Barbara Morgan Gardner, associate professor of Church history and doctrine, delivered this devotional address on July 11, 2023. Access the devotional here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

Let Your Education Change You | Christopher P. Oscarson | June 2023

To truly let our education change us, we must seek for truth, be humble, be patient, and make the Holy Ghost our constant companion. Christopher P. Oscarson, an associate dean in Undergraduate Education, delivered this devotional address on June 27, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 June 2023

Six Things I Believe | Gus L. Hart | June 2023

There are six important things we can believe to help us develop our divine potential and complete our unique missions. Gus Hart, professor of physics and astronomy, delivered this devotional address on June 13, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2023

Where Else but at BYU? | Brent W. Webb | June 2023

More now than ever, the kingdom of God needs deep thinkers anchored in faith in all disciplines, capable of reconciling scholarly observations with authentic, defining belief in God. Brent W. Webb, professor of mechanical engineering and former BYU academic vice-president at BYU, delivered this Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture on June 6, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2023

Choosing Christ's Light Burden | W. Justin Dyer | May 2023

All choices bring burdens. Aligning our choices with Christ, with His Church, and with His Apostles is the light burden. W. Justin Dyer, professor of religious education, gave this devotional address on May 23, 2023. Access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2023

Christlike Transformation | Melissa P. Larson | May 2023

By relying on the strength and comfort Christ offers us, we can move through our transformational journeys with greater peace and confidence. Melissa P. Larson, professor of accountancy at the BYU Marriott School of Business, delivered this devotional address on May 16, 2023. Access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2023

A Transforming Excellence | Andrew Teal | April 2023

Our BYU education helps us to develop the quality of excellence, which cannot simply be taught, but comes by integrity and revelation. Andrew Teal, chaplain, fellow, and lecturer in theology at Pembroke College, Oxford University, delivered this commencement address on April 27, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2023

! | Kevin J Worthen | April 2023

The history of the exclamation point teaches us the importance of creating sacred spaces, celebrating good things, and being resilient. Kevin J Worthen, president of Brigham Young University, delivered this commencement address on April 27, 2023. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2023

Preserving and Promoting Agency | D. Todd Christofferson | April 2023

D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this commencement address on April 27, 2023. He encourages BYU graduates to offer the kind of political leadership that preserves moral agency and accountability. You can access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2023

“Here’s My Heart, O Take and Seal It” | Brooke A. Robertson | May 2023

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Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2023

Our Own Best Story | Gerrit W. Gong | April 2023

We can create our our best story by focusing on spiritual identity and relationships instead of focusing on our external environments. You can access the talk here. Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on April 11, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2023

Six Spiritual Lessons from the Natural World | Loreen Allphin | April 2023

We can weather the storms of life by turning to the natural world and applying the spiritual lessons we learn from God's creations. You can access the talk here. Loreen Allphin, associate dean of the BYU College of Life Sciences, delivered this devotional address on April 4, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2023

America's Upswing | Shaylyn Romney Garrett | March 2023

Many Americans worry about our country's future, but change is possible. History shows us what we can do to get America back on an upswing. Shaylyn Romney Garrett, author and social entrepreneur, delivered this forum address on March 28, 2023. Access the talk here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2023

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