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The scriptures repeatedly show that you have to go through the wilderness to get to the promised land. It was true for Lehi and his family, and it's true in our personal lives. Many people who had a rough beginning end up having a great finish. (For example, which current member of the Quorum of the Twelve struggled so badly in arithmetic that on one occasion classmates threw rocks at him and called him "stupid?" You'll have to listen to find out!)
Using true examples from the lives of well-known individuals, this motivating presentation shows that your current problems will not prevent your future success. In fact, your current problems may prepare you for your future success!
About the Author
John Bytheway is a bestselling author, favorite speaker, and part-time instructor at Brigham Young University. His many titles include Heroes: Lessons from the Book of Mormon; Standards Night Live; Isaiah for Airheads; A Crash Course in Teenage Survival; Behind Every Good Man and his most recent book, Of Pigs, Pearls & Prodigals. He has also created numerous talks on CD, many of which are combined in The John Bytheway Collection, Vols. 1 and 2.
John served a mission to the Philippines and holds a master’s degree in Religious Education. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.
Laugh and learn how to avoid the "Rough Start, Give Up" mentality
by Tena - reviewed on December 17, 2007
The title of this CD instantly attracted my attention. I thought it sounded like a four-word description of what I hope my life will be. Brother Bytheway acknowledges that the 'rough starts' experienced in life can come from our own mistakes, while some obstacles are the results of others' poor choices or happenstance. Remembering that there is a divine and eternal purpose in our struggles here on earth is a key to avoiding the 'Rough Start, Give Up' mentality. Brother Bytheway delivers his important message with a continual thread of humor woven throughout. He shares his personal trials as a teenager and college student which illustrate common feelings we can all have as human beings when we are frustrated. With stories from apostles like Boyd K. Packer and Dallin H. Oaks, Brother Bytheway points out what it takes to triumph over adversities which come our way. One-liners I took away are, 'you can be bitter or better' and 'the stuff of growth is never made of ease.' He shares poignant examples including Helen Keller, Joseph Smith and of course our Savior. His stories of a gold medalist and recovering adults who were abused as children will stay with the listener long after the first playing of the CD. After spending some time less active, it has been very reaffirming to return to activity and be embraced with callings and experience mini miracles and blessings through obedience. I wish I could have heard this CD when I was in my twenties - maybe I could have avoided some pitfalls.
Life's challenges are easier to accept with the help of the scriptures and prophets.
by Robert - reviewed on February 01, 2008
Once again John Bytheway has made it easy for the youth of the church and youth leaders to learn how to deal with life's everyday challenges. With examples from the scriptures and modern day prophets he helps all of us accept what we have been given as challenges to make us better.John stll can make us laugh with some new jokes and stories. Please keep giving us new talks to use in our callings as parents and youth leaders.
by Alicia - reviewed on September 19, 2008
This talk taught me a lot! It doesn't matter where you started but how you finish! Never use excuses, but become a better you! Everyone should listen to this talk.