August 19, 2013

31 Favorite Mormon talks


My cousin at the
LDS Conference Center
in Salt Lake City
One of my very best friends recently asked me for a list of my personal favorite LDS talks. I really can't recall a single LDS general conference talk, Ensign article or BYU speech that wasn't at least a little awesome. But here are links to particularly memorable ones. Most you can watch or listen to online; some you'll have to read.

I plan on adding to the list as time goes. Recommendations?
  1. Absolute Truth (a letter to a disbeliever) by Spencer W. Kimball (1977)
  2. Why Not Now? by Neal A. Maxwell (1974)
  3. The Inconvenient Messiah by Jeffrey R. Holland (1982)
  4. Love is Not Blind (thoughts on Ambiguity) by Bruce C. Hafen (1979)
    • Love is not blind; that is the last thing it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound, the less it is blind.
  5. A Balanced Life by Brent L. Top (2005)
  6. The Looseness of Zion by Leonard Arrington (1974)
  7. School Thy Feelings, O My Brother by Thomas S. Monson (2009)
    • No one can make us angry. It is our choice.
  8. Forgiveness by Gordon B. Hinckley (2005)
  9. His Grace is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox (2011)
    • I have born-again Christian friends who say to me, “You Mormons are trying to earn your way to heaven.”
      I say, “No, we are not earning heaven. We are learning heaven.”
      ... They ask me, “Have you been saved by grace?”
      I answer, “Yes. Absolutely, totally, completely, thankfully—yes!”
  10. The Only True and Living Church by Boyd K. Packer (1971)
  11. None Were With Him by Jeffrey R. Holland (2009)
  12. Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall by Dallin H. Oaks (1994)
  13. Pride and the Priesthood by Dieter F. Uchtdorf (2010) 
    • We don’t discover humility by thinking less of ourselves; we discover humility by thinking less about ourselves.
  14. Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence by Jeffrey R. Holland (1999)
  15. "Lord, I Believe" by Jeffrey R. Holland (2013)
  16. O Be Wise by M. Russell Ballard (2006)
    • ... there is no such thing as "done."
  17. Good, Better, Best by Dallin H. Oaks (2007)
  18. How Do I Love Thee? by Jeffrey R. Holland (2000)
  19. Remember Lot's Wife by Jeffrey R. Holland (2009)
  20. A Robe, A Ring and A Fatted Calf by Jeffrey R. Holland (1984)
  21. The Loneliness of Leadership by Gordon B. Hinckley (1969)
  22. Of Things That Matter Most by Dieter F. Uchtdorf (2010)
  23. The Tender Mercies of the Lord by David A. Bednar (2005)
  24. Timing by Dallin H. Oaks (2002)
  25. The Atonement: All for All by Bruce C. Hafen (2004)
  26. Beauty for Ashes by Bruce C. Hafen (1990)
  27. Forget Me Not by Dieter F. Uchtdorf (2011)
    • While understanding the “what” and the “how” of the gospel is necessary, the eternal fire and majesty of the gospel springs from the “why.”
  28. You Matter to Him by Dieter F. Uchtdorf (2011)
    • The Lord doesn’t care at all if we spend our days working in marble halls or stable stalls... God knows that some of the greatest souls who have ever lived are those who will never appear in the chronicles of history.
  29. Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady by Henry B. Eyring (2005)
    • ... great faith has a short shelf life.
  30. Faith to Forgive Grievous Harms by James R. Rasband (2012)
  31. Revelation by Dallin H. Oaks (1981)

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