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For the past 200 years, leaders have testified of the divinely inspired mission of Brigham Young University. In this podcast, you’ll find the speeches, statements, prayers, and prophesies that form the foundation of BYU and raise our sights to envision all that BYU can become. Tune in to learn more about the past, present, and future of this unique university.

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For the past 200 years, leaders have testified of the divinely inspired mission of Brigham Young University. In this podcast, you’ll find the speeches, statements, prayers, and prophesies that form the foundation of BYU and raise our sights to envision all that BYU can become. Tune in to learn more about the past, present, and future of this unique university.

    Learning by Heart | Susan W. Tanner | August 2004

    Learning by Heart | Susan W. Tanner | August 2004

    Susan W. Tanner was serving as the Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was serving on the BYU Board of Trustees when she delivered this address. She encouraged the BYU campus community to learn by heart, a rarely discussed aspect of one of BYU’s aims—lifelong learning. Sister Tanner emphasized that when an individual learns by heart, the truths become internalized and can then lift, inspire, and change the heart. You can access the talk here.
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    Lift Up Thine Eyes to the Mountains | Kristine Hansen | July 2001

    Lift Up Thine Eyes to the Mountains | Kristine Hansen | July 2001

    Kristine Hansen was a professor of English and associate dean of Honors and General Education when she delivered this inspiring devotional on BYU’s aims. She reflected deeply and lucidly on each aim, which she compared to facets of a towering mountain, ultimately encouraging faculty, staff, and students to unite in their efforts to live the aims and ascend together as they help BYU fulfill its divine destiny. Although her remarks are primarily addressed to students, they can and should be internalized by all who come to work, study, or serve at the university. You can access the talk here.
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    “Teach Ye Diligently and My Grace Shall Attend You” | Bruce C. Hafen | August 1993

    “Teach Ye Diligently and My Grace Shall Attend You” | Bruce C. Hafen | August 1993

    Bruce C. Hafen was provost of Brigham Young University when he delivered this address. He spoke first about BYU as a distinctive institution that has serious dual allegiances to a “red world” of academics and a “blue world” of the Church. He then explored the challenges and blessings “of BYU’s exciting life in the land of the purple overlap”, where people take seriously both halves of the divine injunction to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith”.
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    “I Say unto You, Be One” | Boyd K. Packer| February 1991

    “I Say unto You, Be One” | Boyd K. Packer| February 1991

    Boyd K. Packer was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles when he delivered this address explaining how the BYU Board of Trustees makes decisions in unity. He also discussed threats on the horizon facing BYU and other religiously affiliated universities. Elder Packer spoke encouragingly of BYU’s future: in a field of predominantly secular universities, BYU can stand out by using the catalyst of the Spirit to blend academic and spiritual pursuits. You can access the talk here.
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    “A House of Faith” | Dallin H. Oaks | August 1977

    “A House of Faith” | Dallin H. Oaks | August 1977

    Dallin H. Oaks was president of Brigham Young University when he delivered this seminal address to university employees. He discussed the vision of education set forth by the Lord and prophets in such revelations as the Olive Leaf, found in Doc- trine and Covenants 88, and President Spencer W. Kimball’s revelatory address “The Second Century of Brigham Young University.” President Oaks then elaborated on the principles that BYU must adhere to in order to real- ize such a future. Referring to President Kimball’s words, President Oaks asked and then answered the question “How are we to achieve that prophetic destiny as ‘the fully anointed university of the Lord’?”. You can access the talk here.
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    • 34 min
    A Certain Idea of BYU | Justin Collings | February 2022

    A Certain Idea of BYU | Justin Collings | February 2022

    Justin Collings, associate dean and professor in the BYU Law School, delivered this devotional address on February 1, 2022. Collings encouraged BYU students to seek holiness, learning, rev- elation, the best gifts, Christlike exemplars, and, above all, the Savior Himself. Collings’s devotional touches on many of the themes in Envi- sioning BYU. As such, it provides a fitting preface for this volume as well as a primer for all the volumes in the series. You can access the talk here.
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