BYU Speeches

BYU Speeches

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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.


“Could We Have Supposed?” | Jack N. Gerard
Mar 17 • 34 min
Elder Jack N. Gerard uses examples from his life and from the scriptures to show how the Lord directs our lives in ways that we could not have supposed.
The Light of Forgiving | Steven M. Sandberg
Mar 11 • 25 min
Steven M. Sandberg teaches that forgiveness is a divine gift from a loving God. We can each experience the light of forgiving in our own lives.
Children of Heavenly Father | M. Russell Ballard
Mar 3 • 29 min
In a world that emphasizes identity, remember that above all else we are children of Heavenly Father. This is the most important group to identify with.
Meekly Placing Our Total Trust in God | Vinson Terence
Feb 11 • 26 min
As we encounter challenges in life, yoking ourselves with and meekly placing our total trust in God will allow us to reap the rewards of a faithful life.
Ask of God: Our Solace, Guide, and Stay | Bonnie H. Cordon
Feb 4 • 24 min
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon uses stories to illustrate the power of prayer. Though prayer requires work, as we ask of God, He answers our prayers.
26 Years to Pluto | Alan Stern
Jan 28 • 36 min
With only one shot at success, Alan Stern’s team pulled off the New Horizons mission to Pluto. What they learned about the solar system is larger than life.
Free to Choose | Ronald A. Rasband
Jan 21 • 28 min
Elder Rasband teaches about the the gift of agency. We are free to choose joy, to choose how we worship, and to choose to follow Jesus Christ.
Everything We Need | Michael T. Ringwood
Jan 14 • 26 min
Michael T. Ringwood teaches that Heavenly Father has given us gifts to help us through our time on earth. From the atonement to living prophets, we truly have been given everything we need.
Enduring Joy | Kevin J Worthen
Jan 7 • 23 min
Kevin J Worthen teaches that enduring joy is a central principle of the gospel. We are meant to experience it here on earth, even with the trials we face from day to day.
Learning from the Best Stories | Peggy S. Worthen
Jan 7 • 8 min
Through a simple story, Peggy S. Worthen teaches that honesty and character are cultivated in ways that we might not expect.
How to Be Happy Now—and Forever | Jean B. Bingham
Dec 10, 2019 • 26 min
With the eternal perspective of the gospel as our guide in this life, we can learn how to be truly happy now—and forever.
Experience God’s Love | Dale G. Renlund
Dec 3, 2019 • 18 min
Our ability to experience God’s love directly relates to how dutifully we repent, study the scriptures, and partake of the sacrament.
The Power to Change | Ruth L. Renlund
Dec 3, 2019 • 8 min
As we link ourselves to the Savior’s name, we gain the power to change for the better. And as we gain this power to change, we can become more like Him.
Are You Ready? | W. Christopher Waddell
Nov 5, 2019 • 25 min
Though we will never be perfect in this life, we must prepare to meet our Heavenly Father by living righteously. When the time comes, will you be ready?
Faith Still Precedes the Miracle | Mark L. Pace
Oct 30, 2019 • 27 min
Mark L. Pace teaches that just as in scriptural times, faith still precedes the miracle in our day. We can show our faith by keeping God’s commandments.
Finding the Road to Character | David Brooks
Oct 22, 2019 • 32 min
David Brooks, respected political and cultural commentator, teaches about the importance of character and persevering through life’s challenges.
Harry Potter and the Five Gospel Truths | Brigitte C. Madrian
Oct 9, 2019 • 28 min
Brigitte Madrian speaks of five gospel truths that have been reinforced to her when exploring the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Why Mountains? | Michael Dunn
Oct 1, 2019 • 28 min
While hiking in the Grand Tetons, Michael Dunn learned how climbing mountains—both literal and metaphorical—helps us develop strength, courage, and faith.
The Love and Laws of God | Russell M. Nelson
Sep 17, 2019 • 24 min
President Russell M. Nelson teaches that the love and laws of God are inseparably connected. God’s laws may not be popular in today’s world, but they have been given for a reason.
Gathering: Education in a Compact Society | Kevin J Worthen
Sep 11, 2019 • 21 min
President Worthen teaches that a BYU education isn’t just about gaining knowledge. It’s also about gathering: gathering in classrooms, for devotionals, and as wards and stakes.
Your Show Must Go On | Peggy S. Worthen
Sep 11, 2019 • 9 min
Sister Worthen shares that there are times when even the best plans go awry. The one plan that we never need a backup for, though, is the restored gospel—God’s plan for our success.
The Ongoing Restoration | Gary E. Stevenson
Aug 20, 2019 • 39 min
Elder Stevenson shares his testimony of the ongoing Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It began with Joseph Smith, and it is still happening today.
The Path to Transformative Change | Pam Musil
Aug 6, 2019 • 27 min
Pam Musil gives five suggestions to help make permanent change a part of your life. Her knowledge of dance greatly influences her advice.
The University and the Kingdom of God | J. Spencer Fluhman
Jul 30, 2019 • 31 min
Dr. Spencer Fluhman shares that in your learning effort, God is seeking you just as much as you seek Him. God is “fitting you for a world that needs you.”
The Gift of Uncertainty | Amy Tanner
Jul 9, 2019 • 24 min
Can we come to see uncertainty as a positive thing? Amy Tanner explains how the gift of uncertainty possesses power to increase our hope in God’s miracles.
“The Undiscover’d Country”: Navigating Toward the Future | Chris Crowe
Jul 2, 2019 • 22 min
Professor Chris Crowe uses experiences from his own life to teach that prayer is our key to navigating toward the future.
Choose to Trust the Lord | Michalyn Steele
Jun 26, 2019 • 28 min
Michalyn Steele offers advice during times of trial and shares lessons she has learned to help her find trust in Christ during difficult times.
The Transformative Power of Covenants | Ellie Young
Jun 11, 2019 • 26 min
Ellie Young teaches that though everyone’s covenant path is unique, the transformative power of covenants has the ability to mold us all into better, more Christlike individuals.
Looking to the Margins: Creating Belonging | Phillip D. Rash
Jun 4, 2019 • 23 min
Dr. Phillip Rash discusses how we can work together to include those who feel left in the margins of the BYU community and overall society.
Finding Your Purpose | Julianne H. Grose
May 21, 2019 • 18 min
Each of us, with all of our talents and abilities, has a place and purpose in this world. As we work and pray, the Lord will help us see what we can be.
Wrestling with Comparisons | J.B. Haws
May 7, 2019 • 32 min
Life is not a race and treating it this way will stunt our spiritual growth. The only comparisons that we need to make are those with our past self.
More Love, Less Contempt | Arthur C. Brooks
Apr 25, 2019 • 11 min
Arthur C. Brooks teaches that the problem in today’s society isn’t anger, but contempt. And contempt can only be solved with love.
A More Wonderful World | Patrick Kearon
Apr 25, 2019 • 21 min
Elder Kearon teaches that with the love of our Heavenly Father and our God-given talents, we can establish a more wonderful world.
The Y on the Mountain | Kevin J Worthen
Apr 25, 2019 • 10 min
The meaning of life events will be determined not so much by the events themselves, but on how we choose to view and respond to them.
The Modern Mighty Women of Israel | M. Joseph Brough
Apr 9, 2019 • 22 min
Modern mighty women in Israel do the Lord’s work in different ways. Here, Brother Brough explains how each of those ways is significant to God.
“As I Have Loved You”: Agency-Based Love in Dating and Marriage
Apr 3, 2019 • 29 min
Dr. Jason Carroll discusses why we should remember that love is a fruit of good relationships, not the root. He encourages Christlike behavior in dating.
Prophetic Invitations and Promised Blessings | Randall K. Bennett
Mar 19, 2019 • 29 min
Why is following the prophet so important? Elder Bennett shares the blessings he and his wife have experienced from following the prophet’s invitation.
Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Fight! | Carlos A. Godoy
Mar 12, 2019 • 27 min
Elder Godoy teaches us that we need to take advantage of learning opportunities now so we can serve the Lord faithfully after we leave BYU./
If You Don’t Like It, Change It | Carrie Roberts
Feb 12, 2019 • 26 min
Carrie Roberts shares how discovering her why and believing in her own power to change her life has affected her throughout her career.
“Always Remember Him“ | Ulisses Soares
Feb 4, 2019 • 21 min
Why is the covenant to always remember Jesus Christ so significant? Elder Soares discusses how this seemingly small covenant affects everything we do.
Stand Forever | Lawrence E. Corbridge
Jan 21, 2019 • 27 min
How can we faithfully discover the answers to our difficult questions? Elder Corbridge suggests how to keep the faith when we have moments of uncertainty.
Can You Hear the Music? | Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Jan 15, 2019 • 31 min
When we strive with heart and mind to follow the Savior and incorporate the music of the spirit into our daily lives, we receive favor from heaven.
Knowing Who You Are | Kevin J. Worthen
Jan 8, 2019 • 20 min
President Worthen reminds us that we are defined by more than our grades, our major, or our social status. We are, most importantly, children of God.
Spiritual Gifts | Peggy S. Worthen
Jan 8, 2019 • 10 min
What are spiritual gifts? Why are they important? How can we develop them? Sister Worthen answers these questions and more in her devotional address.
“This Is My Day of Opportunity” | Michelle D. Craig
Dec 10, 2018 • 24 min
We can use our trials to build character, draw strength from covenants and ordinances, and deepen family relationships. This is our day of opportunity.
“That They Might Have Joy” | David A. Bednar
Dec 3, 2018 • 31 min
The world we live in is often turbulent. But, if we turn to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can find peace. They were given “that we might have joy.”
I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows | Shayne M. Bowen
Nov 13, 2018 • 24 min
Elder Bowen discusses how character, honor, and integrity can give us the confidence to remain calm and have peace in times of trial.
How to Have Joy and Fulfillment | José A. Teixeira
Nov 6, 2018 • 19 min
Elder Teixeira shares valuable lessons learned throughout his life that have helped him to find true joy and fulfillment.
Strength and Safety Through Gathering | Stephen W. Owen
Oct 23, 2018 • 27 min
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We Seek After These Things | Gerrit W. Gong
Oct 16, 2018 • 27 min
Elder Gong shares the lessons we have the opportunity to seek after now, so that in the future we can grow closer to Christ in understanding and love.
Humble Uncertainty | Scott Miller
Oct 2, 2018 • 29 min
Exercising humility and honesty when seeking answers to life’s questions cultivates within us a sort of humble uncertainty which expands our understanding.
Loving our Neighbors | Carolina Núñez
Sep 18, 2018 • 28 min
Carolina Núñez uses the story of the Good Samaritan to teach why loving our neighbors and serving others should be a primary focus in our lives.
That We Might Have Joy | Peggy S. Worthen
Sep 11, 2018 • 9 min
Is it possible that we play a part in how happy we feel from day to day? Choosing happiness makes it possible that we might have joy in our lives.
Receiving Revelation | Kevin J. Worthen
Sep 11, 2018 • 22 min
The process of receiving revelation requires familiarizing ourselves with the whisperings of the Spirit. As children of God, all are entitled to His help.
Fulfilling the Destiny of Zion | Kevin J. Worthen
Sep 4, 2018 • 46 min
While highlighting the accomplishments of BYU students, Kevin J Worthen shares how their research is changing the world and fulfilling the destiny of Zion.
“Look unto Him in Every Thought” | Joy D. Jones
Aug 21, 2018 • 44 min
We are all enticed and tempted by our surroundings. It is by our agency that we respond to enticements in a way that helps us become more like Christ.
Where Your Heart Is | Brent H. Nielson
Aug 16, 2018 • 15 min
Brent H. Nielson asks graduates to evaluate the condition of their hearts, for “where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.”
Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve | Kevin J. Worthen
Aug 16, 2018 • 8 min
President Worthen invites listeners to reflect on BYU’s slogan, “Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve,” as they begin a lifetime of service as BYU graduates.
Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Making Room for Struggle as Well as Faith | Eric D. Huntsman
Aug 7, 2018 • 30 min
Eric D. Hunstman explains how “hard sayings,” which can undeniably be a source of struggle in our lives, can also serve to deepen and strengthen our faith.
Seeing the Divinity in Others | Lori L. Wadsworth
Jul 31, 2018 • 30 min
Recognizing everyone as a child of God influences our behavior. Lori Wadsworth explains that by seeing the divinity in others, we behave as disciples of Christ.
The Plagues of Prosperity | Benjamin Bikman
Jul 17, 2018 • 36 min
The human race is eating itself into metabolic disarray. Benjamin Bikman teaches these plagues of prosperity can be overcome by controlling insulin intake.
“Thy Troubles to Bless” | Jeffrey McClellan
Jul 10, 2018 • 33 min
When adversity challenges your faith, remember that you can trust God “thy troubles to bless.” In His hands, trials can change us and teach us of His love.
Finding Your Place in the Universe | Denise Stephens
Jul 3, 2018 • 20 min
In a world of competition and comparison, finding our place in the universe can seem impossible. Let remembering your divine potential be your first step.
Keeping the Spiritual Lifeblood Flowing | Stephen L. Shumway
Jun 26, 2018 • 23 min
Like walking when your legs are frozen, sometimes what we least want to do is the very thing we need most to keep our spiritual lifeblood flowing.
The Faith to Do His Will | Beth Luthy
Jun 12, 2018 • 25 min
Though it is not always easy, God expects us to trust in Him. Beth Luthy shares how having the faith to do His will caused miracles in her life.
Recognizing and Understanding the Spirit at BYU | Michael Orme
Jun 5, 2018 • 25 min
Michael Orme, General Counsel at BYU, shares how the principles of receiving revelation and understanding the Spirit are uniquely applied to BYU.
Illuminated Stories | Robert T. Barrett
May 8, 2018 • 31 min
Learning to be an artist requires endurance even more than it requires talent. In this devotional address, artist Robert Barrett shares the illuminated stories of individuals throughout history who have shown us that courage and motivation to endure hard…
Banishing All Shadows | Jeffrey R. Holland
Apr 26, 2018 • 23 min
In this commencement address, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland charges students to be a force for positive change in this troubled world and to have hope that the light of God’s love is powerful enough for banishing all shadows and forces of darkness.
A Holier Approach to Ministering | Neil L. Andersen
Apr 10, 2018 • 30 min
The recent shift from home and visiting teaching to focus on ministering gives us a chance to rethink the way we love and serve others. Ministering in a holier way will require us to more fully love and obey the Lord.
Seeing Things Differently | Michael J. Dorff
Apr 3, 2018 • 25 min
Whether it be mathematics, personal relationships, or the scriptures, powerful blessings come into our lives when we choose to start seeing things differently.
Embrace the Plan | Kim B. Clark
Mar 20, 2018 • 31 min
As we embrace the Plan of Salvation, and God’s plan for each one of us, we will find the power to overcome our personal crucibles and be better equipped to learn, serve, and love.
Integrity of Heart | Ronald A. Rasband
Mar 13, 2018 • 27 min
Elder Rasband commemorates the life and values of Jon M. Huntsman, who demonstrated that it doesn’t matter how much wealth or worldly status that we obtain if we lack integrity. As we deal honestly and treat one another with kindness, we will be known for…
Discovering Your Divine Individuality | Julie Crockett
Mar 6, 2018 • 26 min
As we strive to acquire Christlike attributes, we may wonder: Are we losing our individuality? Julie Crockett assures us that our unique differences, talents, and personalities are only magnified as we work toward our perfect potential.
Rise and Shout and Shine Forth! | S. Gifford Nielsen
Feb 27, 2018 • 25 min
The BYU fight song’s admonition to “rise and shout”, says former BYU football quarterback and current general authority S. Gifford Nielsen, are an anthem not just for sports teams, but for life and our quest for heaven.
What Makes a Radical and Revolutionary Technology? | Dhanurjay
Feb 13, 2018 • 41 min
We live in an age of revolutionary technology. However, this progress brings many deeper questions for our generation to explore. Dr. DJ Patil, former US Chief Data Scientist, addresses some of the ways we can responsibly use data to benefit all Americans.
Agency, Accountability, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ | Benjamin Ogles
Jan 30, 2018 • 32 min
The doctrines of agency, accountability, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ lay the foundation for understanding the devastating issue of sexual assault.
Turning Enemies into Friends | Sharon Eubank
Jan 23, 2018 • 31 min
Humanitarian aid is more than donating hygiene kits and digging wells. “Turning enemies into friends” is as simple as looking for the “strangers” among us and providing relief through service, love, and trying to do good.
Humbly Combining Heart and Mind | LeGrand R. Curtis
Jan 16, 2018 • 25 min
Both heart and mind can be instruments for the Holy Ghost to teach us God’s will, if we are humble enough to listen for His counsel.
Lessons from Roses: Trust Yourself and Trust God | Peggy S. Worthen
Jan 9, 2018 • 10 min
When others question your beliefs and choices, it is tempting to panic and doubt yourself. Instead, trust in the the things you know to be true.
The Plan of Salvation: The Gospel Paradigm | Kevin J. Worthen
Jan 9, 2018 • 19 min
Through the lens of the plan of salvation, we gain perspective that helps us deal with questions, everyday frustrations, and even crippling challenges.
A Message at Christmas | D. Todd Christofferson
Dec 12, 2017 • 24 min
This Christmas, remember the majestic and redeeming Savior—but also take a moment to remember that humble baby in a manger.
Happiness, Deceit, and Small Things | Brian K. Ashton
Dec 5, 2017 • 29 min
In your search for happiness, don’t mistake Satan’s deceit for the joy Christ offers. Remember that it is the small things that make a big difference.
Questions and Answers | M. Russell Ballard
Nov 14, 2017 • 29 min
Elder Ballard offers timely and loving answers to tough questions about topics such as perfectionism, education, pornography, and the needs of LGBTQ saints.
Are You All the Way In? | Carolyn Billings
Oct 17, 2017 • 22 min
Carolyn Billings shares how she has learned to trust in the Lord’s wisdom and love, even—or especially—when the raging tempests of life are overwhelming.
Putting Off the Natural Man and Becoming Saints | Carl B. Cook
Oct 10, 2017 • 27 min
By learning to overcome pride and submit our will to God’s, we let go of the natural man and become free to discover our true, eternal selves.
Shape Your Life Through Service to Others | Richard J. Maynes
Sep 19, 2017 • 29 min
Elder Maynes reminds us not to become selfish as we seek out our goals and dreams—our happiness will ultimately be found in the service of others.
Fear Not | Kevin J. Worthen
Sep 12, 2017 • 22 min
The adversary wants us to doubt God, doubt ourselves, and be afraid of the future. But God declares that we can choose faith over fear.
Facing the Algebras of Life | Peggy S. Worthen
Sep 12, 2017 • 10 min
We all meet our match somewhere. For Sister Worthen, it was algebra. When we are faced with something difficult, will we quit or will we learn?
Be 100 Percent Responsible | Lynn G. Robbins
Aug 22, 2017 • 48 min
Agency and accountability are paired principles that cannot be separated. Take responsibility for your actions and you take control of your life.
To Me He Doth Not Stink: Advocacy and Love | Gayla M. Sorenson
Aug 8, 2017 • 28 min
We are all called to be advocates. Jesus Christ, our Advocate, teaches us how to represent causes and people with love and wisdom.
Living a Life of Service and Love: What Goes Around Comes Around | Kirt R. Saville
Aug 1, 2017 • 26 min
The more service and love we give, the more we will find returned to us. Kirt Saville shares touching examples of this principle.
The Call of the Lord | Paul Caldarella
Jul 25, 2017 • 29 min
The Lord’s call comes in countless ways. If we are prepared to heed the call, we will be given opportunities to grow, to serve, and to receive His joy.
Of Dead Cats and Dead People: How Family History Can Save the World | Amy Harris
Jul 18, 2017 • 36 min
Family history is so much more than finding dates and names. It is building relationships with the past and connecting their legacy into our own lives.
Women and Education: “A Future Only God Could See for You” | Eva Witesman
Jun 27, 2017 • 26 min
Education is not just preparation for the workforce. It is part of reaching our eternal spiritual potential as men and women.
Language Learning: A Truly Educational Experience | Ray T. Clifford
Jun 13, 2017 • 26 min
Learning a language gives you the incredible chance to enrich your mind, spirit, character, and ability to serve. But it takes work.
On Change and Becoming: Thoughts from a Reluctant Grower | Diane Thueson Reich
Jun 6, 2017 • 21 min
Change is hard. But if we are willing, rather than reluctant, growers, God will give us experiences to be grateful for and help us become our best selves.
B-Y-You Matter to Him | Keith J. Wilson
May 23, 2017 • 26 min
On a large campus (or in a daunting world), it can be hard to feel like you matter. But God knows you by name, and that knowledge changes everything.
The Experience of Love and the Limitations of Psychological Explanation | Brent D. Slife
May 16, 2017 • 33 min
The common Cartesian, egoistic theories in psychology fall short when describing the unselfish, gracious, and unexplainable phenomenon of love.
“Lay Hold upon the Word”: The Power of Wholehearted Living | McKay Christensen
May 9, 2017 • 27 min
When we truly lay hold upon the word of God, believing it and committing to it, we open ourselves up to the life-changing power He has in store for us.
Testimony and Other “Wicked” Problems | Eric Gillett
Apr 11, 2017 • 27 min
“Wicked problems” are tricky problems with no easy answers, Eric Gillet says—much like testimony. Design thinking can help.