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BYU devotional speaker urges civility and gratitude

A BYU human resources specialist encouraged students during Tuesday's devotional to "recognize the efforts of so many to make life pleasant for you," emphasizing the importance of physical facilities, admissions, records, the library, the bookstore, and many other areas.

Addressing the topic of the care and keeping of BYU's human resources, Delora Bertelsen, managing director of Employee Relations, Equal Opportunity, and Benefit Services, also reminded students of the many faculty members who work to make their education a satisfying and uplifting experience.

Her devotional address will be rebroadcast on KBYU Television Sunday, July 8, at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.

"My challenge to you," she told students, "is for you to review carefully your opportunities to interact with these men and women who are prepared to share with you their love of learning and their joy in teaching. A verbal 'thank you' is always appreciated, as are sincerely written notes at the end of class. These are recognitions of their service and support of you as a student."

As a child of God and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bertelsen said, we each have an obligation to serve each other. How we treat each other is very important in our Heavenly Father's eyes.

"Knowing who you are is very important, but it brings obligations not only to help others, to appreciate them, to serve them, but also to follow Christ's example in all ways possible. An understanding of that makes each person, as an individual, a better person and one worthy to receive the promised blessings from Heavenly Father."

Bertelsen closed by prompting students to be more aware of how they treat, use and benefit from BYU's human resources. "It is my prayer," she said, "that each one of us will remember that individually and collectively we are children of our Heavenly Father. We are His human resources."

Writer: Alexis Plowman


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