Student Living embraces a few fundamental concepts and teachings that can naturally be reinforced in connection with the guiding principles. All those with influential roles and responsibilities within Student Living may benefit from a careful study of these core concepts related to gospel-centered apartment life.
Matthew 18 Principle
If thy brother trespass against thee (1) go and tell it to him between thee and him alone; (2) if he will not hear thee, take with thee two or three more; (3) if he neglects to hear them, take it to the church (see Matthew 18:15-17).
Encourage students to humbly address concerns at the source of conflict. The Savior affirmed that “if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother” (Matthew 18:15).
The Code of Silence
“The Savior taught us about silence in the parable of the Good Samaritan. When the priest and the Levite came upon a wounded man by the side of the road, they were silent. They took no action to help, nor did they tell anyone of the man in trouble.
"In our modern society, the Enemy has spread fear of getting involved when someone is in trouble and has fostered a social stigma that attaches to people who speak up in the face of evil. The Enemy whispers, 'Don't get involved; it's not your problem. Don't tell; you will be a tattletale'" (Kim B. Clark, "The Power of the Holy Temple," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Jan. 15, 2008).
Genuinely Concerned Neighbors
“We do not want an environment on this campus characterized by self-appointed, judgmental, and self-righteous spiritual vigilantes. We do want an environment on this campus where appropriately and genuinely concerned “neighbors” in the true scriptural sense of the word neighbor, would remind, help, and encourage us to consistently think, speak, and act in a way that invites the Spirit of the Holy Ghost among us” (David A. Bednar, “In the Path of their Duty,” BYU-Idaho Devotional, Sept. 1, 1998).