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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared five messages on Tuesday that he said “all of God’s children need to hear.”

The Apostle’s talk was the keynote address at Brigham Young University’s five-day Education Week (August 16–20, 2021), a yearly education program for adults that offers more than 1,000 classes on its campus in Provo, Utah. Elder Uchtdorf spoke Tuesday morning from the Marriott Center.

His five messages are summarized below.

First: Move Toward the Light

Elder Uchtdorf, a native of Germany, former airline captain and senior executive with Lufthansa, compared the light of the sun he saw while piloting jets to the light of God that every person needs.

“Whether I traveled west or east, the sun never changed course,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “It held its position, steadfast in the heavens, providing warmth and light to the earth. My access to that warmth and light depended on my location, direction and speed.”

When we feel darkness, he said, “we can be assured that God, like the sun, is always there. When we incline our hearts to Him, He embraces us and fills our souls with light, warmth, knowledge and guidance.”

Second: You Are Better Than You Think You Are

What do Fred Astaire (a famous American dancer), Walt Disney, Vincent van Gogh and heroes of the Hebrew Bible such as Gideon, Jeremiah, Moses and Enoch have in common?

Each was, at one time, considered by others or themselves to be average and unremarkable.

“God does not need people who are flawless,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “He will take your talents and abilities and multiply them — even though they may seem as scarce as a few loaves and fishes. If you trust Him and are faithful, He will magnify your words and actions and use them to bless and minister to multitudes!”

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