Vai's View: Some of best, brightest LDS students gather for weekend of fun, edification

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    April 1, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    Dear Vai,
    Sour grapes rules the day.
    As you can see it is not okay to highlight those who've achieved academically and earned a spot at some of the best universities in the world. Maybe if we were talking about athletes earning a spot on a pro team..... My guess is Vai has spoken at a number of YSA gatherings.

    People form all different kinds of groups and gather together for various reasons. Nothing can be more lonely than being a young LDS man, attending BYU and choosing not to serve a mission.

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    April 1, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    I believe Vai's comment was "These are AMONG the best and brightest LDS kids in the world." He didn't say they ARE the best and brightest nor did he quantify how many are included in the "best and brightest". He simply indicated that these kids scored extremely high on their national tests and that as a result of their "intelligence", they are now attending some of the best universities located on the east coast.

    If you believe that you are not one of the "best and brightest" simply because you graduated from a university other than those mentioned in the article, then your perception of your abilities is an issue that you must deal with. But don't put words in Vai's mouth because I don't believe that is what he said.

    As has been mentioned, it is a shame that some have to continually put a negative spin on something that is meant to be positive.

    As for these kids, who all are most definitely smarter than I, keep up the good work. I am sure the Lord is, as you should be as well, pleased with the direction you are moving in life.

  • Utah_State_Fan Logan, Utah
    April 1, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    A few months ago Vai you said the "best and brightest" LDS kids were at BYU. In this article you're saying they are at Cornell, Harvard, etc.... I'm a little confused now. Also, what exactly is the point/purpose of this article? I know being a Utah State alum I wasn't among the "best and brightest," but I know my place.

  • Levin Hightstown, NJ
    April 1, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    There is no question that "pride from the bottom up" is a temptation and a problem, just as much as pride from the top looking down. Being somewhere in the middle, I'm probably guilty of both.

    My comment was an effort to make sense about just what was unique about this story. I think it is great that LDS YSA's are getting together and strengthening each other. I think it is great that they are staying close to the Church.

    What I don't get is how someone comes up with the idea to gather together "the best and the brightest" from around the Northeast, and ask a celebrity to give them a devotional. If they had asked their Area Authority, I'm guessing he would have challenged the purpose of the activity, and why they weren't more inclusive.

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    March 31, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    @SLMG ... Some try, but they always fail.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    March 31, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Why is it that some always have to try to turn a positive into a negative? Probably many of these 40 young single adults do attend the other YSA conferences not just this one. I would doubt that there is a large number of LDS students at any one of the schools mentioned so I am sure this is just one more way for them to associate with other LDS single adults. These young people would probably laugh at the idea of being called elitest since few came from wealthy back grounds but had to work very hard to get into some of the best schools in the country to further there education. I say good on them and good on you Vai for a great article.

    Usually when we talk about class barriers it we our selves that put up these invisable barriers and then blame others for them.

  • Levin Hightstown, NJ
    March 30, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    The whole thing smacks pretty elitist. There are enough class barriers in the Church without the need to strengthen and celebrate them.

    There are YSA wards at many if not all the institutions mentioned. The Northeast has regional YSA conferences that you don't even have to attend college to attned, let alone be going to an Ivy. I'm sure it's very satisfying for the best and brightest not to have to associate with the lesser members of the Church, and get some celebrity church leader to speak, then go see the Hunger Games together. Not everyone is an alum of Harvard or of the NFL, and these kids need to embrace that, not run from it. We need to do more breaking down of class barriers in the Church, not more building them.

  • Lakers Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    One of religion's great strengths is connecting people on a deep level and making it easier to feel love for others. Gallup did a survey recently showing how churchgoers become extra cheerful on Sundays because they are around people they connect meaningfully with. For type A college students, who are busy and already have plenty of friends, to travel to another city for a couple days of meeting with fellow LDS they don't know too well, shows the impact faith-based relationships can have on people. Conference and mission reunions are a fond time of year, probably for similar reasons. Viva la revelacion!