CNN correspondent visits BYU, looks into Mitt Romney's past

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  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 1, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Oct. 30, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    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!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    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, invaluable.

  • el steve o Herriman, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    Oct. 30, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    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 keep anyway.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    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.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Oct. 29, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    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,"

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    Aren't typical colleges where a lot of typical american parents send their typical american student children?

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Oct. 29, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    BYU is a great place. It is.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    "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.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 29, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    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."

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    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.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    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.