Current BYU students are the lucky ones.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, told BYU students in a devotional assembly Tuesday that thousands of students have applied for admission and have been rejected by the university."Thousands have been denied (entry) because a way had to be found to deny them," he said. There just wasn't room for everyone.
He said the student body is a trusted group and that all they have to do to keep their part of the arrangement as BYU students is to meet certain requirements of deportment and academics.
BYU is the single most expensive entity funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Hinckley said. With that knowledge comes a sense of duty for students.
"There are so many qualified students who want to go to BYU but who are not accepted," he said. The problem of space does not have a clear-cut answer.
After emphasizing the responsibility of attending BYU, President Hinckley described three things he said he hopes each student will have when he or she graduates: intellectual discipline, a spirit of fellowship and an "unassailable spiritual strength."
Intellectual hunger, a mental sharpness and discipline and a substantial body of knowledge to which a person will always want to add are the core of learning at BYU, he said.
"I despise the waste of intellectual growth as people across the nation spend countless hours watching mindless drivel," President Hinckley said.
He encouraged students to spend more time with books and quoted statistics that said U.S. corporate officials say 20 percent of job applicants cannot read well enough for entry-level jobs.
About 50 percent said that one quarter of their workers could not handle more complex jobs than they were doing at the time.
"To you I say, `Don't be a couch potato,' " President Hinckley said. "Be a man or a woman with a mind and a will."
Then he told students that a spirit of fellowship, or desire to go out and make friends, is essential.
"I hope that you are so busy with studying and mixing with others that you will have no time for pornography," he said.
Students should change the television channels and avoid the movies and videos that promote this social ill, he said.
"You have no time for such and you will never have time for such," President Hinckley said.