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Brigham Young University President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife Sharon will officially open winter semester 2014 with a devotional Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Their address is titled "Why We Do Some of the Things We Do."

The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

President Samuelson was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1994 and was recently granted General Authority Emeritus status. At the time of his assignment as BYU’s 12th president in 2003, he was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

Prior to holding these positions, President Samuelson was a professor of medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah, and he was senior vice president of Intermountain Healthcare.

He has a bachelor of science degree, a master’s degree in educational psychology and a medical degree from the University of Utah.

Sharon Giauque Samuelson graduated from the University of Utah with honors in history. She has held leadership positions in all of the auxiliary organizations of the Church.

Writer: Brett Lee