Famed BYU religion professor, Monte S. Nyman, dies

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  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    While he was everything people have written about him, Monte Nyman was also one of the sweetest, kindest men I ever met. I knew him at SVU--and his darling wife--and thought I'd never meet a more gentlemanly and silly man! He was a rare combination. He could crack a joke, then suddenly make an insightful comment about a gospel question. You never knew what would come out of his mouth next, but it was always accompanied by that ever-warm smile.

  • madisonian moderate SAN DIEGO, CA
    Oct. 6, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    I followed Monte as President at Southern Virginia. I say follow intentionally, because no one could really fill Monte's shoes. We lived -- were roommates -- for my first month of service. I asked Monte to stay on for a month to help me get my bearings. Monte, in characteristic fashion, did not hesitate, agreeing to help in any way that he could. His wisdom, sense of perspective and humor, and his capacity as a scholar-teacher and leader blessed my life during that month, and I have counted his friendship to be a great blessing in my life. At the end of each day of that month we spent as roommates, I would sit at the table and ask Monte gospel-related questions. He would always answer by directing me to a scriptural or related source. It was a wonderful experience. His wife, Mary Ann, was the very first person to greet me on the morning of my first visit to campus. With Mary Ann at his side, Monte truly was equally yoked. My prayers go out to the Nyman family. Monte will be missed by all who have had the blessing of knowing him.