Videos and Talks

Inspiration Talks

These are links to talks that have inspired me and helped me understand principles that have helped me to heal.  I hope this list of resources will aid you on your personal journey of healing.  As an aside, I stream these to my iPhone while I am driving or doing housework.  Listening to these positive things helps to clear my mind of worries, helps me feel the Spirit again, and gives me more to sit down and study later. Many of my blogs have been inspired by things I have listened to and then later studied.

Mountains to Climb

Finding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will help us have the power to endure and overcome challenges in life.

Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light

Forgiveness and the power of Jesus Christ enable a man to survive losing his wife and several children in a car accident—and allow the offending driver to begin rebuilding his own life.

We're Still a Family - Plan of Salvation

A young man shares how the Plan of Salvation has helped him to see the blessings that can come through trials.

Good Things to Come

Jeffrey R. Holland recalls his days as a poor young father with a broken-down family car and testifies that for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are better days and good things to come.
see post Good Things to Come

Infinite Power of Hope

Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares how hope encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. See the post Don't Lose Hope: Dissipating Despair and Discouragement

Comfort in Trials: Power of the Holy Spirit (part 1)

The Holy Spirit can provide comfort during difficult trials and challenges.

Receiving Revelation: Power of the Holy Spirit (part 2)

You can receive personal revelation from God by living His gospel and having the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Will of God

God uses love-inspired correction to guide us to a future we do not or cannot now envision but which He knows is the better way for us.

Patterns of Light

What is light? In this three part series,  David A. Bednar discusses how we receive and perceive light from God.

Part 1 centers on the properties of light and how the Light of Christ affects all men and women everywhere.

Part 2: How do we recognize divine light and discern it from our own thoughts? He discusses how to discern and act upon light from God.

Part 3 He explains the patterns of light by which God communicates with us and how they lead to the spirit of revelation.

Daily Bread: Pattern (part 1)

Just as we need daily physical sustenance, the need for daily spiritual sustenance is just as strong. For the Children of Israel, manna was a daily reminder of the source of their blessings; today, we can remember Jesus Christ every day as we pray, read the scriptures, and meditate. (Part 1 of 3) see post Bread of Life

Daily Bread: Experience (part 2)

Sometimes in life, there is nowhere else to turn but to God. Elder D. Todd Christofferson shares a personal experience that taught him to truly pray, recognize answers to prayers, and take life one day at a time. (Part 2 of 3) see post Bread of Life

Daily Bread: Change (part 3)

Jesus Christ is the bread of eternal life. By following Him, remembering Him, and having faith in Him we can change and become what we aspire to become. (Part 3 of 3) see post Bread of Life

Wrong Roads

When making decisions, God expects us to pray, trust, and be believing and then not give up, panic, or "jump ship" when something doesn't seem to be going right. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shares a personal experience that reminds us to always trust God and the direction He gives us.

Continue in Patience

Patience requires that we obey God's commandments and faithfully wait for His will to be fulfilled. To learn more, read Dieter F. Uchtdorf's entire talk below.

How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life
General Conference Address • April 2012

"Why does the Lord want us to pray to Him and to ask? Because that is how revelation is received." 

Trust in the Lord
General Conference Address • Oct 1995

An address given 5 months after the death of His wife. "It is so hard when sincere prayer about something we desire very much is not answered the way we want. It is especially difficult when the Lord answers no to that which is worthy and would give us great joy and happiness...[One] reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing. 

The Infinite Power of Hope
General Conference Address • Oct 2008

Hope in God, His goodness, and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges. 
No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today,because of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and beassured that the ending of the book of our lives will exceed our grandestexpectations. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered intothe heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Continue in Patience

General Conference Address • April 2010

"The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness.
Indeed, patience is purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace."

General Conference Address • April 2010

Heavenly Father offers to you the greatest gift of all—eternal life—and the opportunity and infinite blessing of your own “happily ever after.” Isn’t that what we all desire: to be the heroes and heroines of our own stories; to triumph over adversity; to experience life in all its beauty; and,in the end, to live happily ever after? Sandwiched between their “once upon a time” and “happily ever after,”they all had to experience great adversity. Why must all experiencesadness and tragedy? Why could we not simply live in bliss and peace,each day filled with wonder, joy, and love?

“I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee”

General Conference Address • Oct 2013

Given after the death of his wife. "Our Heavenly Father … knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass.

Our Heavenly Father, who gives us so much to delight in, also knows thatwe learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trialsthrough which we must pass. We know that there are times when we willexperience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve, and when we maybe tested to our limits. However, such difficulties allow us to change forthe better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us,and to become something different from what we were—better than wewere, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were,with stronger testimonies than we had before."

Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times
BY Henry b. eyring
CES Fireside for Young Adults • September 10, 2006 • Brigham Young University

Written Transcript Link

"I can imagine your saying something like this: “Oh, Brother Eyring, I’ve felt some of the things you have described. The Holy Ghost has touched my heart and mind from time to time. But I will need it consistently if I am not to be overcome or deceived. Is that possible? Is it possible, and, if it is, what will it take to receive that blessing?”

Well, let’s start with the first part of your question. Yes, it is possible to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost sufficiently to have many revelations daily. It will not be easy. But it is possible. What it will require will be different for each person because we start from where we are in our unique set of experiences in life. For all of us there will be at least three requirements. None of them can be gained and retained from a single experience. All of them must be constantly renewed. "

Tuning Our Hearts to the Voice of the Spirit

CES Devotional for Young Adults • March 2, 2014 • Brigham Young University–Idaho
"How can we know if we have heard the voice of the Spirit?... “The gift of the Holy Spirit … quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges,expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops,cultivates and matures all the fine toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness,goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It develops and invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, invigorates and gives tone to the nerves.In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to theeyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.”  
The Holy Ghost can do for us physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally,and intellectually what no man-made remedy can begin to duplicate."

CES Devotional for Young Adults • March 3, 2013 • University of Texas Arlington

"Elder Maxwell taught with great authenticity: “As we confront our own … trials and tribulations, we too can plead with the Father, just as Jesus did, that we ‘might not … shrink’—meaning to retreat or to recoil (D&C 19:18). Not shrinking is much more important than surviving! Moreover, partaking of a bitter cup without becoming bitter is likewise part of the emulation of Jesus...” 
...Many of the lessons we are to learn in mortality can only be received through the things we experience and sometimes suffer. And God expects and trusts us to face temporary mortal adversity with His help so we can learn what we need to learn and ultimately become what we are to become in eternity."

CES Devotional for Young Adults • November 3, 2013 • Brigham Young University

"Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said: “As you submit your wills to God, you are giving Him the only thing you can actually give Him that is really yours to give. Don’t wait too long to find the altar or to begin to place the gift of your wills upon it!”
This evening I invite you to consider with me three questions: (1) What is the meaning of the word will? (2) How do we give our will to God? and (3) How can we know that we’re succeeding?"

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