Welcome to BYU-Idaho
Sue and I are honored to be part of Brigham Young University-Idaho, serving among such wonderful people-students, parents, employees, alumni, and many others. We are grateful to be on this errand from the Lord. There is kindness, warmth and professionalism here and an opportunity to associate with each other in ways that are extraordinary and special.
It is also a unique and historic time to be on campus. A great deal of inspiration, work, love and sacrifice has been given in the transition to BYU-Idaho. However, there is still a great work that lies just ahead for this university. I am often reminded of an address given earlier on campus by former President David A. Bednar when he likened BYU-Idaho to the ship of "curious workmanship"
built by Nephi.
In thinking about this inspired comparison, I have come to realize we are not only building something significant, not only something which is to be revealed by the Lord, but something intended to be "exceedingly fine" and like no other. BYU-Idaho is to be a university of exquisite quality, even outstanding quality, so remarkable it is characterized as "curious" (1 Nephi 18:1-4).
The way forward will not be without challenge and difficulty. It will require the dedication and faith of everyone associated with the institution. But we will be blessed and find great success as we move along our steady, upward course.