More than something that that dude in the Third Ward or your great aunt does, genealogical consciousness is a way of being, a way of thinking about your place within and responsibility to the generations surrounding you.
That same aim—“to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life”—remains the principal purpose of this university today, as the first line of our mission statement makes clear.
You have loved ones in your past who created pathways and bridges to connect you to them and thus enable you to benefit from their dreams, experiences, sacrifices, and teachings—necessary components of bridge building.
Hopefully, while listening in lectures, attending presentations, researching, writing, and creating, we have come away with a method of learning that is portable and personal. Hopefully we will take with us the ability to continue to learn, even when the scaffolding that held us up here has fallen away.
As you can learn to see through the generations—by looking back and by looking forward—you will see more clearly who you are and what you must become. You will better see that your place in this vast, beautiful plan of happiness is no small place. And you will come to love the Savior and depend on Him.
Opportunities to gather the elect, to lift others, and to let your light shine are not reserved only for members of the Living Legends or our other BYU performing groups. Opportunities to serve … are available to all of us if we will seek for them and have the faith and courage to accept them when they come.
There is another name by which we should all be known besides the one we received from our earthly fathers. That is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dean Douglas M. Chabries shares inspiring stories from his Western European, American, and Yugoslavian heritage, honoring the legacy of pioneer forbearers.
Larry EchoHawk, as a Native American BYU law professor and attorney general of Idaho, shares his experience and vision of the promise of America for all.
Reflecting on his upbringing, Elder Dunn shares stories of his community heritage and invites us to embrace our common spiritual heritage.
Exemplary Womanhood Award winner and Church curator Florence S. Jacobsen shares Church artifacts that demonstrate our history and heritage as Saints.
Our heritage as members of the Church is one of inspiring faith. We have a responsibility to that legacy which admonishes us to be humble and to repent.
Florence S. Jacobsen advises young people to think now about the legacy they want to leave. You can make decisions now, she says, to earn your own heritage.
We are closer to our pioneer heritage than we think. We can honor the faithful heritage we have by living up to the divine potential within each of us.
Bryant S. Hinckley commemorates the efforts of others in establishing BYU and reminds students to remember the heritage and potential of this institution.