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May 2016

Presiding Bishopric

It is a great blessing for us to witness freewill gifts from individuals, couples, families, and organizations that benefit those in need. Indeed, as the LDS Philanthropies motto says, your donations are truly changing and saving lives throughout the world by funding extensive humanitarian efforts and by contributing to help thousands of people gain an education at our four Church schools

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin commanded that “ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish” (Mosiah 4:16). As you become aware of the great good that is being done around the world through LDS Philanthropies, we hope that you will also be prompted to help God bless His children. Thank you for being so faithful, for touching the lives of those in need, and for helping the Lord hasten His work.

Bishop Gérald Caussé
Bishop Dean M. Davies
Bishop W. Christopher Waddell
Presiding Bishopric

Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen

Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen BYU President Kevin J Worthen
Help Us Advance the Intellect-Expanding, Soul-Refining, Celestializing Endeavor That Is BYU

I have focused on Brigham Young University’s mission statement and the stated role that BYU plays in assisting students “in their quest for perfection and eternal life.”

According to the mission statement, during students’ time here, we are to provide them “a period of intensive learning.” Other portions of the mission statement describe the content and lifelong outcomes of that learning. Above all else, our students should learn “the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The Aims document effectively boils the mission statement down to four main points: Brigham Young University is to provide learning that is “(1) spiritually strengthening, (2) intellectually enlarging, and (3) character building, leading to (4) lifelong learning and service.”

Watch Inspiring Learning in action in Petra, Jordan, and hear graduate student and project participant Allison N. Lee note how the experience changed her life: “There is something about working hard and investing in something that is more than yourself.”

Introducing Inspiring Learning

In an effort to even more succinctly explain what we are about in a way that allows people to easily remember, I have tried to simplify the core learning goals of BYU (while still emphasizing that a full understanding requires a return to the mission statement) in a two-word description: “inspiring learning.”

When I use the term “inspiring learning,” I have in mind both meanings of the word inspiring. I hope we inspire our students to learn. And I hope that learning leads to inspiration. When both things happen, inspiring learning occurs, and we can then know we are on the right track to achieve the core goals set forth in our mission statement.

Experiential learning has become somewhat of a buzzword in academia in recent years. Learning is enhanced by experiences outside of the classroom. Clearly students cannot learn all they need to learn by memorizing or even discussing principles in a classroom. Experience connects theory with application and deepens our understanding of the principles and truths we learn. 

Propelled by your support, our efforts to enhance inspiring learning—with the kind of education described in our mission statement—can have an enormous impact on all BYU students.

Your association with BYU is greatly appreciated. I hope that through your involvement with BYU, you are able see, as we do, the majesty of the Lord at work in your life and in the lives of others.

Watch videos about students’ inspiring learning experiences at Read the BYU mission statement and aims document at And watch or read President Worthen’s addresses on inspiring learning at

BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring


(His statement will be coming soon.)

BYU-Hawaii President John S. Tanner

President John S. Tanner

We are grateful for your generous support of Brigham Young University-Hawaii. These sacred funds help support our wonderful students as they strive to become lifetime learners, leaders of integrity, and builders of the kingdom of God.

This is a remarkable time for BYU-Hawaii. I am inspired by the history of the university and the nature of its prophetic destiny, and I am committed to building on the firm foundations laid by pioneers, past presidents, prophets, and the Prince of Peace. 

There is a great power and purpose at BYU-Hawaii. We are not merely helping students know something; we are helping students become something. When President David O. McKay broke ground for what would become BYU-Hawaii, he prophesied that this university would produce men and women of noble character “whose influence will be felt for good toward the establishment of peace internationally.” 

I feel that BYU-Hawaii has an important role to play in the international Church as we prepare students who are able to serve with a spirit of love and peace. Your support of these students accelerates the building of the kingdom of God. Mahalo for your generosity.

LDS Business College President Bruce C. Kusch

LDS Business College President Bruce C. Kusch

We are grateful for your generous support of LDS Business College. Our mission is to develop capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ. Your contributions are treated as sacred funds consecrated to help students as they strive to fulfill this mission personally.

As an institution, we seek and follow the counsel and guidance of inspired leaders in harmony with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its purposes, and in fulfilling our stated mission. Three keywords are used to identify mission outcomes for students: discover, grow, and become. These words describe the process students should follow throughout their experience at the College. We expect our students to hold our professors accountable. When they review the syllabus, our students should ask where the opportunities are to be agents to act and not just objects to be acted upon. This process facilitates the deep learning our students need to compete in today’s world.

Our core themes supporting our mission are:

  • Strengthening faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, and following His example, are at the center of all we do.
  • A unique learning and teaching framework prepares confident and skillful learners with relevant, in-demand, and market-ready skills.
  • Learning and teaching take place in a spiritually nourishing and uplifting environment.
  • As each learner discovers their potential, they are enabled with power to act and grow; to become valuable employees, lifelong learners, and leaders in their homes, the Church and in their communities.

We rely on support from the Church and generous donors who provide the opportunity for individuals and families to improve their future. Whether our students are on campus or online, we see first-hand the remarkable impact a skills-based education delivers.

Thank you for considering LDS Business College as a vehicle through which you can bless the lives of countless others through your financial support.