Classic BYU Speeches

Classic BYU Speeches

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Stuck in a spiritual rut? BYU’s podcast of acclaimed devotional speakers is here to help! Here you will find well-loved speeches given at least a decade ago. Tune in to hear experts discuss their tips for finding success and growing their relationships with God.


The Streams of Your Life | David B. Haight, Nov 1987
May 28 • 29 min
Our life is like a stream—we have been fed by many other streams that have influenced us. Are you heading toward flowing into the fountain of living water?
Decisions | Thomas S. Monson, Feb 1977
May 21 • 45 min
When we have important decisions to make, the counsel of prophets and the power of prayer, together with the will to act, will guide us to our potential.
Flaxen Threads | Carlos E. Asay, Feb 1982
May 14 • 43 min
Like flaxen threads, seemingly insignificant habits can build up in our lives and become almost impenetrable. Make choices wisely when considering actions that have the potential to become habits.
Honest, Simple, Solid, True | C. Terry Warner, Jan 1996
May 7 • 38 min
C. Terry Warner shares stories from his life as he learned that being self-centered is the antithesis of being honest, simple, solid, and true.
True to the Faith | Gordon B. Hinckley, Sep 2007
Apr 30 • 21 min
“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.” Guide your life by these principles—be true to the faith.
Achieving Your Full Potential | Donald L. Staheli, Mar 2003
Apr 24 • 39 min
You will not succeed in achieving your full potential without strict adherence to God’s commandments. Be honest with yourself about how you need to improve.
The Parable of the Cherry Tree | Steven C. Baugh, May 2010
Apr 9 • 25 min
Steven C. Baugh tells us that when our spiritual branches are cut off from their roots, we separate ourselves from the Holy Ghost.
On How We Know | Truman G. Madsen, Sep 1994
Apr 2 • 32 min
How do we know that God exists? Truman G. Madsen poses questions, philosophical truths and “religious undergirding experiences” to explore the topic.
A Creative Mind | Angel Abrea, Mar 1982
Mar 26 • 44 min
If you can cultivate a creative mind in setting and working toward worthy goals, your horizons will expand and your amazing potential will be within reach.
Them and Us | Elaine L. Jack, Jun 1991
Mar 19 • 39 min
When we think of people in terms of “them and us,” we fail to love individuals. The Savior shows us how to love His children rather than judge a label.
Four Lessons from One Life | Russell M. Nelson, May 1974
Mar 12 • 29 min
Russel M. Nelson shares some of his greatest life lessons about the body, the spirit, the power of love, and the dependability of divine law.
To Know and to Be Known of God | Mary Williams, Jul 2001
Mar 5 • 31 min
The key to eternal life is to know God, and to know Him in a way that changes us. How can we get to know God? Professor Mary Williams shares some insights.
Called to Serve | Neal A. Maxwell, Mar 1994
Feb 27 • 49 min
Each of us has been called to serve in God’s kingdom. That service will require all that we have but will reward us with all that He has.
Thinking Habits and Dispositions | Richard R. Sudweeks, Jul 2003
Feb 20 • 31 min
Our thinking habits and dispositions relate directly to our character, and becoming consciously aware of our thoughts gives us power to manage our habits.
To Have Peace and Happiness | Richard G. Scott, Sep 2010
Feb 13 • 27 min
Why is marriage important? Elder Scott testifies of the blessings of marriage and temple covenants through interviewing and counseling with a young couple.
Dealing with the Dangers of Success | Clayton Christensen, Jul 2003
Feb 6 • 47 min
Clayton Christensen teaches about the dangers of success through the historic pattern of disruptive innovations that caused successful companies to stumble.
Responding to the Savior’s Invitation: “Come” | Neil J. Anderson, May 2007
Jan 30 • 29 min
When we respond to the Savior’s invitation to “come,” we can feel the cleansing power of Christ’s Atonement in our lives.
Empathy and the Pure Love of Christ | Elaine Walton, Jul 2002
Jan 23 • 23 min
Christ taught the pure doctrine to “love thy neighbour as thyself.” Elaine Walton says that we do this by enhancing our ability to empathize with others.
Moral Agency | D. Todd Christofferson, Jan 2006
Jan 16 • 28 min
By using our God-given moral agency in the way that Jesus Christ exemplified, we don’t become God’s puppets—we become like Him.
The Nature and Character of God | Andrew C. Skinner, Apr 2006
Jan 9 • 27 min
Andrew C. Skinner teaches about God’s nature and character. Heavenly Father does all things out of love and what is eternally best for His children.
Murmur Not | Marvin J. Ashton, Dec 1969
Jan 2 • 24 min
Marvin J. Ashton reminds us that murmuring leads to personal apostasy. While it may seem like fun or be easier to murmur, when we do, we turn away from God.
Keeping Christmas | Boyd K. Packer, Dec 1962
Dec 26, 2019 • 27 min
Gifts, traditions, lights—these are wonderful aspects of Christmas, but don’t let them overshadow the true focus, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Family Perspectives | Neal A. Maxwell, Jan 1974
Dec 19, 2019 • 23 min
Breakdown in communities cannot be solved without addressing the breakdown of the family. The message of the prophets is to look homeward.
Waiting upon the Lord | Henry B. Eyring, Sep 1990
Dec 12, 2019 • 40 min
To bring down the power of heaven, we must learn the principle of waiting upon the Lord through real prayer, righteous living, and fervent listening.
Christ Is the Reason | Merrill and Marilyn Bateman, Jan 2001
Dec 5, 2019 • 37 min
Obedience is the price, faith is the power, love is the motive, the Spirit is the key…and Christ is the reason—for everything we do.
Thanksgiving | LeGrand Richards, Nov 1980
Nov 28, 2019 • 33 min
LeGrand Richards teaches that we ought to cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving for the many blessings we have in the gospel—including the commandments, which are evidence of God’s love. Support the show.
Keep the Chain Unbroken | Gordon B. Hinckley, Nov 1999
Nov 21, 2019 • 20 min
Life is a great chain of generations that we in the Church believe must be linked together. Never permit yourself to become a weak link in the chain.
Discerning the Will of the Lord for Me | LaNae Valentine, Jun 2004
Nov 14, 2019 • 23 min
Lanae Valentine teaches strategies that improve our ability to discern the will of the Lord. He is eager to answer us; all we have to do is listen.
Spiritual Ecology | Neal A. Maxwell, Feb 1970
Nov 7, 2019 • 16 min
Elder Neal A. Maxwell teaches that chastity and family love are key components to healthy individual, family, and community spiritual ecology.
Prophecies, Visions, and Dreams | L. Tom Perry, Jan 1979
Oct 31, 2019 • 39 min
Prophecies, visions, and dreams may take different forms for you. Take time for teaching the gospel, for contemplation, and for chasing worthy dreams.
Prayer | Cheryl C. Lant, Sep 2007
Oct 24, 2019 • 35 min
Prayer is a tool for comfort, peace, guidance, testimony, and forgiveness. How are you using prayer to access the powers of heaven?
“And Always Remember Him” | Gordon B. Lindsay, Jul 2005
Oct 17, 2019 • 24 min
Each time we take the sacrament, we covenant to keep God’s commandments and always remember Him.” How often, though, do we actually remember Christ?
Are Ye Stripped of Pride? | Kim B. Clark, Sep 2009
Oct 10, 2019 • 24 min
Kim B. Clark warns us to beware the dangerous universal sin of pride that can come in adversity or prosperity. Our heart must be full of the Spirit and not set upon worldly things.
Be Ye Therefore Perfect | Spencer W. Kimball, Sep 1974
Oct 3, 2019 • 31 min
The way to become perfect is to change your life—to substitute the good for the evil in every case. Changes can come best if we take one item at a time.
Lightning from Heaven: Joseph Smith and the Forging of Community | Terryl L. Givens, Nov 2005
Sep 26, 2019 • 40 min
Joseph Smith ignited something in thousands of men and women that connects them to God and to each other in powerful ways.
Timing | Dallin H. Oaks, Jan 2002
Sep 19, 2019 • 28 min
Faith means trust—trust in God’s will and in His timing. We must not try, in our personal lives or in building His kingdom, to impose our timetable on His.
Fear Not, Little Flock | Howard W. Hunter, Mar 1989
Sep 12, 2019 • 25 min
Financial worries, academic stress, and other challenges are inevitable for college students. We need not fear, though, because Christ is our Shepherd.
Remember Who You Are | Bonnie D. Parkin, Mar 2004
Sep 5, 2019 • 43 min
To remember who we are is to access a divine birthright of power, focus, and hope. It changes not only what we think of ourselves, but what we do every day.
“Know He Is There” | Marvin J. Ashton, Nov 1992
Aug 29, 2019 • 26 min
Sometimes, when we pray and cry out to our Heavenly Father, answers do not come easily or as expected—but He reminds us that He is there for us.
Great Expectations | Thomas S. Monson, Jan 2009
Aug 22, 2019 • 36 min
You are a choice generation, and you will do marvelous things as you strive to meet great expectations Heavenly Father knows you are capable of.
Live Right Now | Gerrit W. Gong, Mar 2007
Aug 15, 2019 • 30 min
As we learn to make important decisions, we must find the balance between seeking the Lord’s guidance and having the courage to make our own choices.
“Things Too Wonderful for Me” | Vaughn J. Featherstone, Feb 2001
Aug 8, 2019 • 32 min
These stories and testimonies shared by Vaughn J. Featherstone highlight the wonderful blessings of the gospel, of living righteously, and of loving one another.
Reconciliation | Robert W. Blair, Jul 1998
Aug 1, 2019 • 39 min
Reconciliation with God (changing our ways and turning to peace and harmony with His ways) is possible only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Of Pioneers and Prophets | Lawrence R. Flake, Jul 1995
Jul 25, 2019 • 25 min
The legacy left behind by our pioneer ancestors—a legacy shared by converts and “pioneer stock” alike—is one that will continue to stand the test of time.
Why Giving Matters | Arthur C. Brooks, Feb 2009
Jul 18, 2019 • 33 min
Charitable giving is more than a good idea. Science and faith agree that giving makes us happier and better people, families, and communities.
And with All Thy Mind | John W. Welch, Sep 2003
Jul 11, 2019 • 28 min
It is common for people to say that they love with their hearts, but what of their minds? John W. Welch explores what it means to love God with our mind.
Lessons from Liberty Jail | Jeffrey R. Holland, Sep 2008
Jul 4, 2019 • 44 min
What lessons does Joseph Smith’s experience in Liberty Jail teach us about God’s love? How can our trials be both a prison and a temple?
Meeting the Challenges of Today | Neal A. Maxwell, Oct 1978
Jun 27, 2019 • 36 min
As we face the challenges of today, the doctrine of foreordination teaches us that God has a knowledge of all things, and plans for each of us to succeed.
The Crucibles of Eternal Identity | Sally H. Barlow, Jun 1999
Jun 24, 2019 • 35 min
Sally H. Barlow teaches the ways in which a self-knowledge of our eternal identity is essential in the journey to overcome the crucibles of this life.
The Inexhaustible Gospel | Neal A. Maxwell, Aug 1992
Jun 17, 2019 • 34 min
The gospel is inexhaustible because there is not only so much for us to know, but there is also so much for us to become.
“In the Strength of the Lord” | David A. Bednar, Oct 2001
Jun 10, 2019 • 32 min
Christ’s Atonement does more than cleanse us from sin. His grace is also an enabling power to become better and serve more faithfully.
Souls Aflame: The Prayer Heritage of the Latter-day Saints | Truman G. Madsen, Nov 1983
Jun 3, 2019 • 33 min
Our theology is derived from prayer—we pray to God whom we already know and we must do so with our whole souls, with faith, with sincerity, and with love.
“Lay Hold upon Every Good Thing” | Merrill J. and Marilyn S. Bateman, Sep 2001
May 27, 2019 • 34 min
We can navigate a changing world by laying hold on “every good thing:” eternal family, personal purity, and learning by study and faith.
Leaders and Managers | Hugh Nibley, Aug 1983
May 20, 2019 • 28 min
Good managers produce personal gain and rely on the wisdom of the world, but great leaders build the Lord’s kingdom. Leadership relies on God.
The Voice of the Spirit | James E. Faust, Sep 1993
May 13, 2019 • 32 min
It is difficult sometimes to hear the voice of the Spirit amid the noises of the world, but it is worth the effort to have the Spirit’s guidance and peace.
There Is Always Hope | John H. Groberg, Jun 1984
May 6, 2019 • 50 min
No matter how complicated your trials, how dark your sins, or how overwhelming the challenges you face, in Christ there is always hope.
Improving Our Prayers | Joseph B. Wirthlin, Jan 2003
Apr 29, 2019 • 29 min
We can develop a closer relationship with God by improving our prayers. All we must do is come before Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit.
Comparing, Competing, and Individual Worth | Merrill J. Christensen, Jul 2007
Apr 22, 2019 • 27 min
We live in a day where comparing and competing are viewed as normal ways to get ahead in life. Merrill J. Christensen explains how to overcome that mindset.
Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times | Henry B. Eyring, Sep 2006
Apr 15, 2019 • 35 min
With faith, clean living, pure motive, and the love of Christ, we can expect revelation every day through the Spirit of God.
The Wind Beneath Your Wings | Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Nov 2003
Apr 8, 2019 • 29 min
At times we will go through trials and need to be lifted up. Control, attitude, and faith in divine power will create wind beneath our wings and lift us up.
Personal Ministry: Sacred and Precious | Bonnie D. Parkin, Feb 2007
Apr 1, 2019 • 33 min
To emulate the Savior in our personal ministry, we should open our hearts and help, uplift, and encourage others in small, simple ways every day.
“Remember Lot’s Wife”: Faith is For the Future | Jeffrey R. Holland, Jan 2009
Mar 25, 2019 • 34 min
The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We remember the blessings and the lessons, but then we look with faith toward the future.
God Shall Give unto You Knowledge by His Holy Spirit | Gordon B. Hinckley, Sep 1973
Mar 18, 2019 • 26 min
If you have faith in Christ, you will be led by the direction of the Holy Spirit. Faith is the power by which miracles are wrought in the hearts of men.
The Seven Deadly Heresies | Bruce R. McConkie, Jun 1980
Mar 11, 2019 • 43 min
Widely-circulated heresies can act as stumbling blocks for LDS church members. Seek out a knowledge of true doctrine, and live by it.
The Power of Deliverance | Henry B. Eyring, Jan 2008
Mar 4, 2019 • 27 min
God has the power to offer us deliverance through the hardest of trials, including comfort in grief, strength in fierce opposition, and escape from sin.
In His Steps | Ezra Taft Benson, Mar 1979
Feb 25, 2019 • 43 min
Luke records that Christ grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. Follow in His steps by caring for your body, spirit, mind, and relationships.
But for a Small Moment | Neal A. Maxwell, Sep 1974
Feb 18, 2019 • 43 min
Because God loves us, He will deliver to each of us customized challenges that will last “but for a small moment” to help us grow and progress.
Agency or Inspiration—Which? | Bruce R. McConkie, Feb 1973
Feb 11, 2019 • 32 min
Do we simply use our agency or do we rely on inspiration from God? The fact is that we can’t move forward without either when we counsel with the Lord.
Missionary Experiences | LeGrand Richards, Oct 1981
Feb 4, 2019 • 37 min
The missionary experiences of Elder LeGrand Richards testify that the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ speak for themselves.
Learning the Healer’s Art | Elaine S. Marshall, Oct 2002
Jan 28, 2019 • 23 min
Elaine S. Marshall shares some insights she has gleaned about physical and spiritual healing and what it means to have the “healer’s art.”
To the Lonely and Misunderstood | Richard G. Scott, Aug 1982
Jan 21, 2019 • 31 min
Life may seem unfair and unsatisfactory to the lonely and misunderstood, but purpose can be found through faith, repentance, obedience, and service.
Adversity | Dallin H. Oaks, Jan 1995
Jan 14, 2019 • 35 min
Our response to adversity shapes our character. Trials are temporary, but the blessings we can receive from them are permanent.
“A More Excellent Hope” | Russell M. Nelson, Jan 1995
Jan 7, 2019 • 41 min
We yearn for hope not just for moments in this life, but for eternity. Our hope is bolstered by understanding faith and charity, the pure love of Christ.
The Dauntless Spirit of Resolution | Howard W. Hunter, Jan 1992
Dec 31, 2018 • 35 min
As you make resolutions for the new year, don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that God can give you the spirit of commitment and resolution you lack.
Christ the Savior Is Born | Russell M. Nelson, Dec 2002
Dec 24, 2018 • 23 min
This Christmas, we remember not only on the implications that a Savior was born, but also the implications that He died—for us.
A Wholesome, Hallowed, Gracious Christmas | Marion D. Hanks, Dec 1973
Dec 17, 2018 • 29 min
May your Christmas be a wholesome, hallowed, and gracious one. Fill the season with love for the Savior and love for your neighbor.
Gifts of Love | Henry B. Eyring, Dec 1980
Dec 10, 2018 • 29 min
This Christmas, remember that the best gifts are given when the giver feels for the receiver, gives freely, and counts the sacrifice as a bargain.
The Spirit of Christmas | Thomas S. Monson, Dec 1966
Dec 3, 2018 • 31 min
Thomas S. Monson shares a few touching experiences that demonstrate the true meaning and spirit of Christmas, which we should all seek to have in our hearts.
Charity: How We Treat Each Other | Elaine L. Jack, Mar 1992
Nov 26, 2018 • 29 min
Small acts of charity can make a big difference in the lives of others. When we exhibit charity, we are doing the extraordinary.
Overcoming Ingratitude | Rex E. Lee, Jan 1994
Nov 19, 2018 • 26 min
Many of us suffer from ingratitude, which deprives us and others of meaningful blessings. By taking steps to develop gratitude, we will be happier.
“Live in Thanksgiving Daily” | Joseph B. Wirthlin, Oct 2000
Nov 12, 2018 • 30 min
By living with a spirit of thanksgiving and not complaining about our circumstances, we will become happier. Opening our eyes to the beauty around us, opening our hearts to God, and opening our arms to those in need will help foster an attitude of…
The Value of Self-Esteem | James E. Faust, May 2007
Nov 5, 2018 • 28 min
A strong, healthy self-esteem is part of being truly humble. Seek the assured confidence that comes from loving God, others, and yourself.
For Times of Trouble | Jeffrey R. Holland, Mar 1980
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
Trouble will come, but discouragement doesn’t have to. If we work now to prepare ourselves through patient and faithful discipleship, we will get through.
The Family | Henry B. Eyring, Nov 1995
Oct 22, 2018 • 38 min
The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares the importance of family in our journey to, and enjoyment of, eternal life.
A Reservoir of Living Water | David A. Bednar, Feb 2007
Oct 15, 2018 • 39 min
The scriptures are like living water, nourishing and sustaining. To drink deeply, we must read the scriptures, study them, and search for connections daily.
Patience | Neal A. Maxwell, Nov 1979
Oct 8, 2018 • 26 min
Having patience with ourselves and our circumstances will bring us closer to God and increase our love, humility, and willingness to submit to Him.
Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence | Jeffrey R. Holland, Mar 1999
Oct 1, 2018 • 37 min
Trust in a perfect God gives us the confidence to act in faith, even when faced with difficult decisions or paralyzing fear.
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled | Gordon B. Hinckley, Oct 1974
Sep 24, 2018 • 25 min
Amidst political, economic, and educational challenges, don’t be a “pickle sucker.” Be positive, focus on the good, and “let not your heart be troubled.”
Living on the Lord’s Side of the Line | Sheri Dew, Mar 2000
Sep 17, 2018 • 36 min
Choose to keep God’s commandments—always—and stay out of Satan’s territory. You are promised safety and peace if you stay on the Lord’s side of the line.
God Is the Gardener | Hugh B. Brown, May 1968
Sep 10, 2018 • 37 min
God is the gardener of our lives. When we put our life in harmony with His will, we will be able to become what we are meant to be.
The Loneliness of Leadership | Gordon B. Hinckley, Nov 1969
Sep 3, 2018 • 24 min
To be covenant children of God is a call to leadership. The price for such leadership is often loneliness, but peace of conscience is the reward.
Identity, Priority, and Blessings | Russell M. Nelson, Sept 2000
Aug 27, 2018 • 29 min
Blessings come when we recognize our identity as covenant children of God, and when we make the Lord—and family—our top priority.
The Olive Press | Truman G. Madsen, May 1982
Aug 20, 2018 • 40 min
Drawing parallels between the olive press and the events in Gethsemane, Truman G. Madsen invites us all to reflect on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Take upon Yourself the Whole Armor of God | LaVell Edwards, Apr 2001
Aug 13, 2018 • 33 min
Former BYU football head coach LaVell Edwards counsels us to put on the whole armor of God, which protects us and enables us to create a meaningful life.
Fear Not | Patricia T. Holland, Sep 1987
Aug 6, 2018 • 14 min
Patricia Holland reminds students that often fear is our greatest enemy. As we follow the scriptural admonition to “fear not,” our faith is magnified.
The Human Soul’s Quest for God | Harold S. Kushner, Oct 1994
Jul 30, 2018 • 37 min
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner describes gifts of faith cultivated on the human soul’s quest for God. Inspiration and guidance come to those who follow Him.
Walk in the Newness of Life | Lloyd D. Newell, Apr 2014
Jul 23, 2018 • 25 min
The scriptures teach of ordinary people using the Atonement to “walk in newness of life.” Their examples prove that it is never too late to change.
These Noble Pioneers | Gordon B. Hinckley, Feb 1997
Jul 20, 2018 • 28 min
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A Message to Our Granddaughters | James E. Faust, Feb 1985
Jul 10, 2018 • 27 min
With an eternal perspective, God will help you—our granddaughters, and all women—fulfill your divine missions in the family, the Church, and the world.
Our Need for True Patriotism | Neal A. Maxwell, Jul 1993
Jul 2, 2018 • 30 min
In this 1993 Provo Freedom Festival fireside, Neal A. Maxwell calls for true patriotism: living so that we create a better country for future generations.