The root of morality, according to Levinas and Bauman, is recognizing our role as our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Everything else...serves as a way to increase our awareness of that role, our desire to fulfill it, and our ability to do so.
Just as you have passed through the halls at BYU, I hope the Spirit of the Y has passed through you and become a part of you.
What is personal ministry? Each of us has a personal ministry. I believe we received our personal ministry in the premortal world. It was divinely given and lasts a lifetime.
I pray that your experiences will have taught you this university’s divine mission and that you will faithfully accept your very personal responsibility to carry the Spirit of the Y into every corner of your life, safeguarding its reputation and sharing its light with all around you.
Ownership of BYU falls to each of its students. Like the small effort of butterflies that can have drastic effects, you can make a difference here.
I know that God lives and that revelation to his children is a reality. I pray that we will be worthy and willing, and that he will bless us to grow in this principle of revelation.
Time is a god-given gift that the wise will cherish and that the foolish will waste or misuse; what we do here will determine what we are in the eternities.