Hank Smith says we all face challenges: "If you don't have difficult circumstances in your life, you just haven't lived long enough." In this inspiring new talk, Hank relates three stories—one from history, one from the scriptures, and one from the present—of individuals who have "unconquerable spirits," people who have experienced extreme difficulties in their lives but have still managed to overcome. The first story is of Earnest Shackleton, a British explorer who wanted to be the first man to lead a dogsled team across Antarctica. When their ship, Endurance, became caught in an ice pack and was slowly crushed by the shifting ice, the expedition faced tremendous hardships and almost certain death. Shackleton's daring and near impossible plan to save his men is seen today as one of the most incredible survival stories of all time. In the second story, Hank shares valuable insights from the example of Joseph of Egypt, who used adversity to ultimately bless his life as well as his family. Hank's third story is about his good friend Meg Johnson, who was paralyzed after falling off a cliff in southern Utah but has shown what can happen when you don't let the difficulties of life define who you are or what you can accomplish. Unconquerable will inspire you to do your best no matter what life throws at you.
Hank Smith teaches in the Religious Education Department at BYU and is a favorite speaker for Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Education Week. Hank and his wife, Sara, were both born and raised in St. George, Utah. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons. Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots and lots of ice cream (which is why he runs marathons). More than anything else, he loves being at home spending all day with his wife and children.
The stories in this cd are inspiring even if you are not in the midst of trials or difficult times. Hank Smith has the ability to light a fire under the listener and you feel like you are ready to face the world and accomplish what you thought you could not previously do. His choice to share inspiring stories from history, the scriptures and present day gives a completeness to the message. I enjoyed it so much I immediately listened to it a second time.