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John Bytheway has been presenting assemblies in high schools, junior high schools and even elementary schools for over a decade. He was recently invited to speak at the National Association of Student Councils convention where he received a standing ovation. Finally, this presentation has been recorded on DVD.
John says that "we can't change the trail we have in life, but we can make the hike easier if we change what's in our pack." He also persuasively explains that "it's better to be respected than it is to be popular, because popularity ends on yearbook day, but respect lasts forever."
John also gives a "just say 'no' to drugs" message which is both hilarious and profound while retelling his experience of donating a kidney to his older brother.
Lastly, John gives a plug to the "three R's", reading, writing and arithmetic, and warns against spending too much time with the big "R," the remote!
You'll laugh, you'll learn, and you'll love What's in Your Backpack?
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.
Too Cool for Words
by Dejah - reviewed on July 20, 2007
John Bytheway's entrancing story-telling ability and his gift of relating to teenagers made watching this DVD feel more like an entertaining mini-movie than a fireside. John offers some great messages to lift you up and say to yourself, 'Duh, why can't I totally see that, like, it's so easy!' I was drawn in by the humor and found myself laughing out loud at his impersonations of teenagers. This DVD was filmed at a high school assembly and is not strictly for LDS kids; his message is universal and wonderful. Teens and parents-of-teens (and everyone else that has ever been a teenager) must watch this!
It Was Amazing Being There
by matthew - reviewed on August 10, 2007
The movie was Amazing, but it was even cooler being there in person. John Bytheway is an amazing speaker. His words always uplift and leave you feeling amazing. Definately a must see.
Highly recommend this hilarious yet "hits home" video!
by SHANNON - reviewed on January 08, 2008
I have a couple of John Bytheway's books, but I had no idea what a remarkable speaker he is! He is also very humorous and makes watching his video very enjoyable! , We watched this video as a family activity this past weekend with our 13 year old son, and we found ourselves captivated by his presentation. , The lessons learned, and the humorous way in which he presents them truly deserves 5 stars!
by Cory - reviewed on September 19, 2008
It is amazing! This really makes you think of what we are caring around with us. Amazing!
by Customer - reviewed on September 22, 2008
Everyone loves this guy and it's no wonder...it's because he's so good at speaking to his audience. I watched this over and over and picked up new things everytime. A must have for teenagers
Perfect for workshop!
by Tina - reviewed on December 08, 2011
Thanks for your video "What's in Your Backpack"! We had permission to share it through a school group. 60 people showed up tonight and laughed and hopefully were inspired. I was worried about bringing a Utah type presentation to Michigan but they all loved it and are hoping for more. I came across this video a few years ago for my family and was excited to share it with our community. My 7 year old sat glued to her seat for the entire hour, I heard teenagers and adults laughing and discussing the principles afterwards. Thank you John for sharing and inspiring us in so many ways!
Great video, and great lesson...
by Andrew - reviewed on December 29, 2009
This short movie is a crack-up, and it teaches a great lesson about self confidence. And for those Mormons who like to watch short movies on Sundays, this is definitely acceptable for Sundays.