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.
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.
"Stand up straight, smile and remember who you are." Advancement Vice President Richardson shared his wife's daily words of encouragement, as well as his own personal mementos, to help students find success and peace.