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.
Following changes at General Conference, Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorom of the Twelve Apostles, shared examples of what Christlike ministering looks like and how we can help those around us grow closer to God.
Dr. Michael Dorff, department chair of Mathematics, encouraged students to see things and people differently at Tuesday's Devotional address.
Elder Kim B. Clark, Church Commissioner of Education of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged students to welcome God's plan into their lives at Tuesday's BYU Devotional.
“I use the word embrace because I want you to accept the plan gladly, eagerly; to adopt it into your life fully and completely,” said Elder Clark. “I want you to put your arms around the plan and draw it in close to your heart with love and gratitude for your Heavenly Father, and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ.”
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, spoke about how to live with integrity, especially in the professional world. He shared what he learned from his friendship with Jon Huntsman, Sr.
Dr. Julie Crockett, associate professor in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, spoke at Tuesday’s Devotional about maintaining individuality on the quest for perfection.
Elder S. Gifford Nielsen spoke to BYU students about life lessons from The Cougar Song at Tuesday's devotional. He described people who embody the teachings of the song.
Ben Ogles, dean of The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, spoke against sexual assault and advocated for consent at Tuesday’s BYU Devotional.
Ogles serves on the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault. As part of his responsibilities, he read every response to surveys and feedback from BYU students and the community.
“Though it took many hours, we read every response, some of which described personal, heartbreaking experiences,” Ogles said.
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