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Fall 2017

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Get a LI FE B Y F r e d Y G a n t n e r 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 pri- vate happiness and my professional progress. Most likely, it is my career that qualifies me as the convocation speaker today. However, I would be mediocre at best if my personal journey were centered on business success alone. We cannot be first-rate in our professions if our work is all we are. We need balance in our lives; therefore, my advice for you today is this: get a LIFE. Let me spell this out for you: L, be loyal; I, be inspired and inspiring; F, be family focused; E, be eternally minded. Be Loyal I am convinced that at the root of successful individuals is a high degree of loyalty. Loyalty is multidimensional and must be applied to every aspect of our life. Be loyal first and foremost to God. He gave you life and provided you with gifts and power that you have wisely cultivated, getting you to where you are today. As a bishop, I see an increasing number of members, as well as people of other faiths, who forsake loyalty to their churches, to their values, and even to their families. Often such individu- als are troubled by unanswered questions. Do not become disloyal because you have a question! I was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of twenty-three and was baptized in the Jesse Knight Building. I had unanswered questions then, and I'm grate- ful to still have unanswered questions today. Without questions and intellectual curiosity, you can hardly increase your knowledge of God and the universe. "Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things" (Alma 32:21). In his book The Lord's Question, former BYU philosophy professor Dennis Rasmussen wrote: "Into man's spiritual shell God places his question like a grain of sand. And man's work, daily renewed, is to make of it a pearl of great price." 1 Have questions, but remain loyal to your faith. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, "I am not ask- ing you to pretend to faith you do not have. I am asking you to be true to the faith you do have." 2 As you are loyal to the faith you have, naturally you will also be loyal to your spouse. Swiss farmers like to say that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. What an awful and pessimistic principle! 26 MARRIOTT

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