10 TED Talks Given by Latter-day Saints

TED Talks have become increasingly popular over the past few years, sharing new, powerful, or unique ideas in short video segments. TED speakers come from all walks of life, and locally sponsored TEDx conferences appear in cities and college campuses all over the country.

It's no surprise that Latter-day Saints have made their way into the TED sphere, sharing their own thoughts and stories on knowledge, comedy, purpose, education, beauty, success, mental illness, and a variety of other topics. Below are TED/TEDx talks from 10 Latter-day Saints that you might like to check out. 

1. Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen is a professor of Business Administration at Harvard University and author of several books, including the well-known The Power of Everday Missionaries. The talk featured below discusses principles from his book How Will You Measure Your Life? in which Christensen uses business theories to explain why we often, without meaning to, implement personal strategies that lead us far away from the lives we truly want to live. 

2. Justin Osmond

At 2 years old, Justin Osmond was diagnosed with 90 percent hearing loss. As part of a family of Billboard-chart-topping artists with 30-plus gold and platinum records, Osmond had to come to grips with how he could relate to his musical family. After being told he would never play an instrument, he defied expectations by learning to play four—violin, viola, piano, and drums. For decades, Osmond has dedicated his time to helping the deaf and hard-of-hearing around the world find connection while sharing his inspiring story. 


3. Elizabeth Smart

In 2002, when she was 14 years old, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City. She spent nine months in captivity and was severely abused by her captor. Smart shares her story in her book My Story and in the TEDx talk with the same title below. In the talk, Smart uses her story to encourage anyone going through trials to not give up and to fight and move forward. 

4. James Perry

Studio C cast member James Perry discusses his search for a career path and life purpose in his talk "How I Stumbled on a Purpose" for TEDxBYU. "I've always been so jealous of those people who seem to know, from a young age, exactly what they want to do in life," Perry begins. With humor, he shares his journey of worry, stress, continuously changing majors, and accidentally walking into his purpose. He offers three tips for those struggling like he once did. 

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