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Faith & Learning

Achieving the Unique Mission of BYU

The Faith & Learning Initiative is an effort to spotlight, support, and inspire faculty as they fulfill the unique mission of BYU, "to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life."

Every faculty member combines faith and learning in their own way. Below are a few examples of short videos, speeches, and quotes from BYU faculty, BYU students, and Latter-day Saint leaders that offer insight on combining faith and learning. You can also access research and resources in the menus above.

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Modeling Intellectual Honesty and Christian Scholarship

George Handley
Comparative Arts and Letters
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Short Videos

The Spirit Is Available to Assist Us

Tom Sederberg
Computer Science
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Following the Promptings of the Spirit

Deborah Dean
English
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An Identity of Faith

Mark Butler
Family Life
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Prayer and Research: A Student's Experience

Tom Sederberg
Computer Science
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Short Videos

Be the Whole Person

Doug Prawitt
Accountancy
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Creating an Inviting Classroom

Kristin Matthews
English
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Examples of Connections

Kristine Hansen
English
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How a Prompting from the Spirit Changed Everything

Ted Christensen
Accountancy
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I Want Them to Become Lifelong Learners

Shu Pei Wang
Asian and Near Eastern Languages
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Be a Part of Their Lives

Greg Stallings
Spanish and Portuguese
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Integrating Faith Naturally

Anton Bowden
Mechanical Engineering
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It Is About the People, Not the Subject

Mark Butler
Family Life
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How Do You Show Students You Care?

Jeff Barrow
Physiology and Developmental Biology
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Faithful Critical Thinking

Larry Nelson
Family Life
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Seamless Integration

Larry Nelson
Family Life
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My Goal is to Help Students Succeed in Life

Brad Bundy
Chemical Engineering
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Making the Class More Spiritually Strengthening

Brad Bundy
Chemical Engineering
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Helping Students Develop Character

Kristine Hansen
English
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Sharing Myself

Sarah Coyne
Family Life
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She Prayed About Me

Student Story
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My Priorities Were Wrong

Student Story
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Showing You Care

Student Story
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Introduction to the BYU Faith and Learning Initiative

Alan Wilkins
BYU Faculty Center Director 2014-2018
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Trying New Things

Julie Haupt
School of Family Life
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Laura C. Bridgewater
Microbiology & Molecular Biology

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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Benjamin M. Ogles
Psychology

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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Sarah Coyne
School of Family Life
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Steve Smith
Counseling and Psychological Services
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Jennifer Nielson
Chemistry
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

James Faulconer
Philosophy
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Larry St. Clair
Biology
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Jeffery Barrow
Physiology and Developmental Biology
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Susan Easton Black
Former Director of Church History in the Religious Studies Center
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Kenneth Solen
Chemical Engineering
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

David Whetten
Former BYU Faculty Center Director
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

John Rosenberg
Spanish and Portuguese
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Brent Slife
Psychology
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Marilyn Berrett
Dance
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Russell Osguthorpe
Instructional Psychology and Technology
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Sandra Rogers
BYU International Vice President
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Robert Barrett
Design
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Can My Class Be Taught Anywhere?

Jim Stice
Accountancy
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

George Handley
Comparative Arts and Letters
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Jini Roby
Social Work
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Scott Sommerfeldt
Physics and Astronomy
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CFAC Faith + Works: An Artist and a Mother

Tara Carpenter
Art
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CFAC Faith + Works: Genuine Experience Will Prove the Truth

Adam Houghton
Theatre and Media Arts
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Doug Prawitt
Accountancy
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CFAC Faith + Works: Experiment Upon the Word

Jeff Sheets
Communications
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Jim Gordon
Law
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Christopher Crowe
English
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My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Martha Peacock
Comparative Arts and Letters
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Kevin J. Worthen

The end of all we do... is to encourage and prepare young men and women to rise to their full spiritual potential as sons and daughters of God...
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Jini Roby

Our work is about caring about that individual student and seeing that individual student as Heavenly Father sees that person. To be an instrument in the lives of these individuals, to help enlighten their lives....
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Jeffrey R. Holland

Defending the faith intelligently is only one kind of aid we might offer our far-flung brothers and sisters, albeit surely the most important one.
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Scott Sommerfeldt

I think there are two extremes you can go to here. We can easily get the one [extreme] where everything is just like any other university. It’s very rigorous: 'Here’s the facts, here’s how it works, learn it and that’s it....'
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James Faulconer

Teaching means asking myself what matters. It means asking myself how to help students know what matters. More than anything else, it means remembering that in my experience character has always mattered more than content....
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Kevin J. Worthen

I hope we inspire our students to learn. And I hope that learning leads to inspiration. When both things happen, inspiring learning occurs, and we can then know we are on the right track to achieve the core goals set forth in our mission statement.
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Kevin J. Worthen

It is not enough to offer—or even require—our students to take courses in religious education. If the only insights that students receive on gospel truths are in their religion classes, we will not be that different from other good universities....
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Kevin J. Worthen

Become more familiar with the mission statement [and Aims of a BYU Education documents]. ... I urge each of you to read it and to reread it, even if you have read it many times before....
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Kevin J. Worthen

The direction of Brigham Young University is firmly set. It is clearly stated in our mission statement. We are 'to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.....'
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Kevin J. Worthen

Each of us ... are to put forth our ability to learn as fast as we can, and gather all the strength of mind and principle of faith we possibly can, and then distribute our knowledge to the people....
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Tom Sederberg

Brigham Young’s instruction to Karl G. Maeser was, 'Remember to not teach even the alphabet or the multiplication tables without the Spirit of God.' He did not say to always draw in gospel principles when teaching these secular topics....
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L. Tom Perry

If we provide a spiritual foundation for our secular learning, not only will we better understand the laws of nature, but we can gain a depth of understanding never before imagined possible...
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Kent Blad

I find the students love to be challenged. Too often we think that we have to hold their hand for them to have a good experience, but they love to be challenged and to have somebody expect a lot out of them....
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Jeffrey R. Holland

The ennobling climb toward an Everest allows us—indeed requires us—to take the high ground, gives us a place to view the broader, more liberating, more eternal ‘general' education...
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Douglas Prawitt

We have to be striving to be the people that we need to be, and then we just need to love our students, and you can’t fake that. Either you do or you don’t....
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Kevin Kelly

I [tell] students, 'Maybe there’s a chance somewhere in your life where you’re going to take what you learn here and you’re going to give back to the Church....
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Mark Butler

You can’t serve them if you don’t know them. So that means no matter how large the class, we have to know who we’re talking to. Various professors approach that in various ways....
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Jeffrey R. Holland

I am making an unabashed appeal for a distinctly LDS approach to education. ... [As] one faculty member recently wrote me saying, 'We need—without arrogance but with energy and daring—to try [to] integrate faith and scholarship in our writing and in our teaching...
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Ryan Woodward

Maybe one of my real purposes as a teacher is not necessarily to teach the process of animation, but the principles behind a successful career in animation. … And so I started sharing experiences with the students....
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Jean Applonie

Here is what teaching through the Spirit feels like to me. My perspective comes from many years working with choirs. It may look different [for] different people; the means to the end may be different; but the result is the same....
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Mark Butler

You have to have done your homework in the gospel area as well as you have in your discipline. You can’t draw from an empty well. And so what we do in our private faith and devotion is so imperative....
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John McBride

The way I try to integrate the gospel is that at the very beginning I let the students know that I really, sincerely care about them, and I try to break down the barriers. But the point is that I show them that I care about them....
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Jeffery Parkin

It is important to to be authentic, to share who we are. Part of that is our testimony. When someone has a testimony, they don’t need to talk about it constantly....
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Neal A. Maxwell

In a way, LDS scholars at BYU and elsewhere are a little bit like the builders of the temple in Nauvoo who worked with a trowel in one hand and a musket in the other....
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Spencer W. Kimball

As previous First Presidencies have said, and we say again to you, we expect (we do not simply hope) that Brigham Young University will 'become a leader among the great universities of the world....'
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Jeffery Parkin

I sometimes get a little emotional in class. My voice breaks or I can’t talk. I try not to do that because it’s embarrassing, nonetheless it happens....
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Ken Solen

As we walk into class, it’s important we understand that the journey the students are on, and the core principles they’re learning, are more important than any set of details....
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