15 Talks All LDS Teens Need to Hear

The Devil Made Me Do It

Anthony Sweat

"There is no flaw in our nature that we cannot change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."

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You've heard people say it; maybe you've even said it yourself: "The devil made me do it." But such an idea is inconsistent with gospel principles and is just one more way Satan tries to trick us into blaming others and not taking ownership of our actions. (Other common traps include "That makes me mad!" and "That's just the way I am!") In this engaging fireside presentation, author and popular speaker Anthony Sweat extends six invitations that will help us learn how to better use our gift of agency. We can choose how we act and who we become. And when we stop making excuses and start taking responsibility, we can receive the happiness Heavenly Father wants us to have in this life.

You Are What You Speak: Why Choosing Your Words Matters

John Hilton III

"The words we say really matter."

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The tongue can be difficult to tame—but we will be judged by the words we use. In this talk, popular youth speaker John Hilton discusses different kinds of language, including both negative language (gossip, criticism, vulgarity) and positive language (honesty, integrity, compliments). In the strength of the Lord we can control the things we say and bless others with the words we use.

Dating and the Plan of Happiness: What Every Teenager Should Know

John Hilton III

"When we understand God’s plan for us, we realize that not only are we children of God but so are the people we are dating."

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"Why do I have to wait until I'm 16 to date?"

"Why is so much emphasis given to the law of chastity?"

"How far can you go and still not sin?"

These are some of the questions often asked by youth. In this candid talk, John Hilton gives straightforward answers, using teachings of the prophets, humor, and illustrative stories. John remembers what it was like to be a teenager on the merry-go-round of dating and has the additional perspective of a mission and temple marriage to help him discuss some sensitive issues about morality in the context of the "big picture." John focuses on dating in terms of the plan of happiness and explains the benefits of setting and following personal standards. This is a talk that will not only help you navigate the waters of dating but also have more fun doing so.

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