BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. Students at BYU are taught the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which gospel encourages the pursuit of all truth. President Gordon B. Hinckley said of BYU:
Here we are doing what is not done in any other major university of which I am aware. We are demonstrating that faith in the Almighty can accompany and enrich scholarship in the secular.
Eric Gillett, chair of the BYU Department of Design, explained how basic principles of design combined with gospel thinking help solve some of life's "wicked" problems.
Erin Holmes, a professor in the BYU School of Family Life, offered reassurance at Tuesday's BYU Devotional, speaking about what individuals can do to wait faithfully upon the Lord during times of uncertainty.
Craig Manning, BYU Athletics' Mental Strength Coach, spoke Tuesday about the psychological ability to think positively under extreme pressure or boredom and how it relates directly to the first principle of the gospel: faith.
President Kevin J Worthen and Sister Peggy Worthen welcomed students back for the Winter semester at Tuesday's Devotional address in the Marriott Center.
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