Discovering Yourself: A Journey of Faith

January 16, 2018

Rich Llewellyn

Academic Support Math Faculty Member and Math Study Center Director

Brother "Rich", as he is known by his students and colleagues, has been teaching at BYU-Idaho and Ricks College for 21 years.  He is the founding director of the BYU-Idaho Math Lab and Developmental Math Program, and teaches math in the Academic Support Department.  He has also been a local business owner for 20 years.

Brother Llewellyn is from both San Diego and Bellevue, Washington. He has served in several capacities in the Church, including a full-time mission in the England Bristol Mission in the same town where some 130 years earlier his great-great grandfather was born, converted to the gospel, and called by Brigham Young to return to and serve a mission.  

He received a bachelor's degree from BYU and a master's degree from Purdue University. While at BYU, he met and married Toni Stalker of American Falls, Idaho. She and their three sons and three daughters are everything to him. They reside in Sugar City.


Spiritual Preparation

Pre-devotional Discussion:

Probably the most pressing questions facing students are "What am I going to do with my life?" and "What is my place in the world?"

Mary Gormandy White, a corporate trainer and consultant writes in regards to college students facing the future:

"While some students have a clear vision of the lives they want to enjoy as adults, many feel overwhelmed by the idea of trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. College students feel pressure to make educational and career decisions that can impact the rest of their lives. Choosing a major can be stressful, as can making choices about where to live, which relationships to continue to pursue, and more."  

In addition, President Thomas S. Monson has stated: 

"Youth of today are faced with monumental decisions...  Our lives will depend on the decisions which we make-for decisions determine destiny... What are the three most important decisions?  First, what will be my faith?  Second, whom shall I marry?  Third, what will be my life's work?" 

On the discussion board, share how you relate to these quotes.
What stresses/anxieties do you feel as you contemplate what you are going to do with your life and what your place in the world is?  
How does President Monson's statement about our lives depending on the decisions we make impact you?

Discovering Yourself: A Journey of Faith

Audio of Rich Llewellyn's BYU-Idaho devotional, Winter 2018