Gov. Norm Bangerter told Salt Lake Community College students to get a good education, support their families, live their religion and serve their community.
Bangerter spoke to student members of the Institute of Religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday noon in the Institute building near the college. He shared stories of his youth in the Granger area, near the college, describing the sacrifices his father made so his children could be educated.Bangerter was the 10th child in a family of 11 children, he said. His father worked hard so all of the children could have as much schooling as possible. Bangerter's father drove a Chevrolet so old and battered that one door had to be wired shut with baling wire, Bangerter told the students. He drove that car for years while he worked to give his children an education.
Everyone is in control of his own life, Bangerter told the students. Each is responsible for improving himself. Utah is a great place to be from, he told the students. He urged them to be proud of their Utah roots and take advantage of every opportunity they have. Utahns have as many opportunities as anyone else in the country, he said.