Monday April 21, 2014
I really, really, really, really like Brigham Young University-Idaho. Really!
Let's be clear about this. I didn't attend Ricks College/BYU-Idaho, nor did any of my immediate family.
We all went to BYU in Provo. I love BYU. I graduated from BYU, not once but twice. I will always love BYU. I will always be a fan of BYU. I will always recommend BYU.
However, the innovations that BYU-Idaho now contains has caused me to become a big fan!
Having been in school for most of my adult life, as well as teaching school for most of my career, I am impressed by how BYU-Idaho has structured itself. It combines the best of traditional schools with the advantageous of modern tools and expertise.
It isn't just a four-year version of Ricks or a smaller version of BYU.
It is bigger and has more features but it isn't Ricks on steroids. BYU-Idaho is different and better!
Photo courtesy of © Brigham Young University-Idaho. All rights reserved. The BYU-Idaho Center's southwest entrance.
Friday April 18, 2014
Since colleges and universities seem to be everywhere, why should you go to Brigham Young University (BYU), the Church's flagship school?
Well, as it so happens, I am a graduate of BYU and I can give you a number of reasons.
It has terrific academics, language training, sports, arts and culture, spiritual emphasis and more.
I could go on and on.
If you are looking for a large research university with LDS standards and values, then BYU is the best choice.
Otherwise known as the "Y," if you look closely you can see a white "Y" emblazoned on the mountain in the above picture. Sunrise over Y-Mountain, as it is called, is a nice perk of attending BYU.
Photo courtesy of © 2005, Brigham Young University. All rights reserved. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU. Sunrise south of Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Square, Y -Mountain.
Monday April 14, 2014
Normally a Christmas offering, Handel's Messiah was intended for Easter.
Part of the Church's Because of Him emphasis, this Easter season marks the first time the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra will present the Messiah in its entirety.
Originally a limited and exclusive affair, ticket and popular demand has expanded the viewing options. Besides in person over two nights, it is available in real time and on demand viewing, as well as a future recording. The Choir's official website lists all these options, plus the extensive official program in pdf.
Read more about Handel, his life, the Messiah and read selected lyrics and excerpts in anticipation of the program.
Photo courtesy of © 2013 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Monday April 14, 2014
Some news articles this week have highlighted online missionaries:
One of the astonishing facts underscored by the above articles is that online missionaries average 30 converts per year for each missionary! It far outdistances regular proselyting statistics.
Aside from the medium they use, some things won't change about how missionaries share the gospel. They will still be in white shirts and ties, but not necessarily pants, at least in Fiji.
Photo courtesy of © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Native Fijian missionaries.