REXBURG, Idaho Stay true to the standards of the gospel, Sister Julie B. Beck, general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, urged more than 1,000 Brigham Young University-Idaho graduates at summer commencement exercises last Friday.
"While you have been here, you have been recipients of one of the finest educations available in the world," Sister Beck said. "You have also been educated in an environment where the spirit of the Lord could flourish."
Sister Beck spoke of the importance of continuing to live according to the Lord's standard.
"It is important to remember why the Lord has given us a code of conduct," she said. "We know that if we successfully navigate this life, we have the promise of eternal life, and in order to be successful, we must live by the Lord's code of conduct."
Sister Beck warned the graduates of the dangers of the world and exhorted them to use the "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet as a resource for righteous living.
"Much of the Lord's code of conduct can be found in 'For the Strength of Youth' and I would recommend this book as a lifelong resource for you," she said. "On my personal copy of that book, I have circled the word 'you,' meaning 'For the Strength of You.'"
Specifically, Sister Beck spoke on several of the topics found in "For the Strength of Youth," including education.
"In your homes and families, establish an environment of learning," she said. "Education is an investment that brings great rewards. It is a lifelong principle. You live in a competitive world where a good education opens the doors of opportunity that may otherwise be closed to you."
A total of 1,065 BYU-Idaho students received diplomas, including 947 bachelor's degrees and 118 associate's degrees.