On the hill above the campus of Brigham Young University–Idaho sits a marvelous temple. At night, its exterior is lit and can be seen for miles around. During the day, it is filled with faithful Latter-day Saints who dedicate their time and energy to serving the Lord. It is a powerful spiritual force, serving as a reminder to those in its shadow to always live worthy of its promises.
The theme of this edition of BYU–Idaho magazine is “In the Shadow of the Temple.” As our very campus sits in the temple’s wondrous shadow, students and employees alike are fortunate to be surrounded not only by the Spirit of Ricks, but also by the spirit of the temple and its constant
reminders of joy, dedication, service, and the blessings of eternity.
Temple work is vital to our salvation and profoundly influences our temporal happiness. President Gordon B. Hinckley knew this, and said, “I wish to say to everyone here, come to the temple. Live worthy to come to the temple” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Inspirational Thoughts,” Ensign. Sept. 2007. 4-8). I repeat that same admonition to you, and believe that through this edition you will be uplifted and enlightened by the Spirit. Above all, I hope you will come to a greater understanding of and appreciation for the marvelous blessings that are available through the holy temple.
In this edition, you will learn about the important doctrines related to the temple in a devotional address given by Truman G. Madsen. You will sit by the side of artist Leon Parson as he paints the murals of the Rexburg Idaho Temple, and you will come to better recognize the blessings of temple worship through the inspired words of Val R. Christensen, president of the Rexburg Temple.
In addition to the printed articles in this issue, you will also find brief summaries of articles that are part of our new online edition found at www.byui.edu/magazine. At the end of each summary is a link to the full article on the Web. We present this additional online material with the hope that you will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding regarding the importance of the temple and be strengthened in your commitment to serve the Lord.
If you would like to stay informed about important changes and developments at BYU–Idaho, I encourage you to visit us often via the Internet at www.byui.edu. As always, thank you for your interest in and support of BYU–Idaho.
Kim B. Clark
President, Brigham Young University–Idaho