A refreshing article of a first-time visitor's impressions. There are lots
more problems beneath the surface, but BYU is a safe campus and a joy to attend.
I absolutely did NOT want to attend in 1969, so I went to Ricks for my freshman
year. I told my folks that if Ricks was "bad", BYU would be worse, and
conversely. So imagine my surprise when I hated my summer school back in
southern Cal, after my first year...What I thought would be a
refreshing return to a "cool" campus for some extra credits actually
turned my stomach. Professors on pot, filthy language and lifestyle, I had no
respect for my peers or my profs at SFVSC, now CSUN. I didn't even finish
my sophmore year at Ricks, (which I loved), but headed straight to "the
Y". I had grown up that year and respected my education so much more.I have long left the religion for Biblical reasons, but I will always be
grateful for the exceptional professors, classmates, campus bishops and ward
that supported and educated me in a critical time of growing up. Thank you BYU.
Why did it take 10 days to publish this? Oops! lol It is found on cnn's
actual site. You can google search it as quest visits BYU and find the link. It
is either in the comments there or in the article that a link to the actual
article Quest wrote is given. It was a very good review of a great institution!
A potential great opportunity for missionary work and showing others that
don't live in Utah or are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Hopefully, when they work it for CNN purposes and is
produced that it will have the same message of all that Brigham Young University
and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have done for the benefit of
the world. Both the Church and BYU produce students and graduates
that will continue their mission in life. We can thank great parents and
leaders who helped get those students, whether in Hawaii, Idaho or in Provo to
live the commandments of God. It is not easy in this world and the Seminary and
Institute program is one of the greatest helps and tools for parents and
students to use to assist them in that process.There is not just one
program as the individual has the potential of help from all the Church has to
help get them through life. Parents, teachers, leaders, friends, neighbors,
home teachers, visiting teachers, Priesthood Quorums, Relief Society and the
list goes on. Individual help from others, such as schools and from Scouting,
Wow, this was a great article, that I think highlights the reality of having the
gift of the Holy Ghost - the third member of the Godhead. It really is evident
to the honest in heart. Sometimes, to those with "preconceptions and
prejudices about this faith and its worshippers," it may come off as
arrogant, and that's too bad. Faithful members of the restored Church of
Jesus Christ aren't perfect, just regular people with a unique situation in
life, but the gift of the Holy Ghost is clearly evident.
I agree with Owl, I bet that the vast majority of students would look and act
"respectable and respectful" even without the honor code. the Honor
Code is nothing but a repetition of the commandments that all Latter-day Saints
Students are not the way they are because they signed the honor code. They
behave that way because that's the kind of people they are. The honor code
is for the few who need to be reminded.
Too bad more anti-Mormons or BYU haters don't visit BYU. There are people
who have been living in Utah all their lives and still have their "own
preconceptions and prejudices about this faith and its worshippers,"
Aren't typical colleges where a lot of typical american parents send their
typical american student children?
BYU is a great place. It is.
"Compare the honor code to the requirements to enter an LDS temple." It
is a more rigorous requirement to obey the Honor Code at BYU than it is to enter
the temple. Many of the standards are the same, but some are more strict! Always
an interesting thought that I can go to the temple with a full Moses, but beards
on campus are not allowed under usual circumstances. Also, a girl can go and be
sealed in the temple with two earrings in each ear, yet could not go on campus
with such said earrings. I like BYU and I think the Honor Code makes the campus
look good, but at times I think it leads to extremism. Overall I would say that
the worst problems facing the main populus at BYU is playing hide and seek in
the library on "fun and cute" dates and consuming too much fudge, so in
perspective BYU is a great place.
Nice article. The only thing I wording I would change is this: Instead of
"the belief that sex is most acceptable after marriage," to "only
acceptable after marriage."
Richard Quest gave a fairly accurate portrait of the BYU campus from an outsider
perspective. Certainly, students attending are more focused on their fields of
study, etc. But he pegged it pretty good.He did mention a concern
which I feel is worth addressing though: "What would it be like for someone
who felt like they didn't fit in?" I'll give it a shot answering
that for BYU and for the Church in general:Bishops. If someone is
struggling with a conflict of beliefs vs feelings, temptations, or actions- they
have help available. Compare the honor code to the requirements to enter an LDS
temple. Sometimes members who are good people do stupid things. Whether
it's personal healing or marital mending, a member may not be permitted
into God's house while they repair their lives from making wrong choices.
That isn't banishment or non-acceptance of people though. We don't
accept sin, we do accept people- and completely. People are cared for and
helped. The LDS doctrine at it's core is about equally helping everyone.
While organizationally we may seem peculiar, our purpose is to help everyone in
a plan of happiness.
Thank goodness for an article like this and hopefully, Mr. Quest will have a
similar type well-written article and program for all to see, listen and to feel
the spirit which he saw, felt and heard.