Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, counseled graduates of LDS Business College Thursday to make the Lord the center of their lives.
"As you do that, all the things you're anxious about will find resolution," Elder Scott said during commencement exercises at The Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Elder Scott was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, during which 187 graduates were awarded degrees and certificates.Members of the class, who ranged in age from 18 to 57, included 29 students from 19 foreign countries.
Elder Scott, sustained as an apostle on Oct. 1, 1988, told the graduates to establish a set of guiding principles and to be honest in their endeavors. "For success in life, you need a solid foundation on which to build," he said.
Success, he said, is not measured by wealth or personal possessions. "Success comes from understanding the teachings of the Savior," Elder Scott said.
He advised the students to cultivate a sense of humor and to smile. Elder Scott said in recent days, members of the Council of the Twelve have been put at ease by newly sustained LDS President Howard W. Hunter's warm, reassuring smile.
Keith R. Clark, director of group sales for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the state of Nevada, was honored as the 1994 LDS Business College Distinguished Alumnus.
Clark earned an associate degree in business administration from the LDS Business College in 1984, served as its student-body president and was an honor student.
Subsequently, Clark earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Utah and joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Utah as a service representative. He has been active in Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of America and has mentored at-risk youth.
Three students who earned the highest cumulative grade-point averages among their classmates were recognized as honor graduates. They were: Tammy Hyer, medical assistant certificate; Wendy Vance, associate degree in accounting and Vickie E. Unander, associate degree computer information systems.