Brian Merrill

Brian Merrill

Humanities & Philosophy Faculty

Brian L. Merrill earned his associate in English at Ricks College and his bachelor’s from BYU in Ancient Greek, Latin, English, and Philosophy. He went on to study at Oxford University and then received a master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Brother Merrill began teaching at BYU-Idaho in 1988 in the English department and for the past 21 years has taught humanities and philosophy.

Brother Merrill served in the Ecuador Quito Mission, as an elder’s quorum president, and in student ward bishoprics. He’s currently serving as a bishop for the second time, now in his home ward. His favorite calling was nursery leader.

Brian met his wife, Barbara, at Ricks college in a home evening group. They have been married for 36 years. They have two children, both BYU-Idaho graduates, and two grandsons.

Spiritual Preparation

Please respond to the question below on the devotional discussion board:

Elder Neal A. Maxwell has stated: “As you submit your wills to God, you are giving Him the only thing you can actually give Him that is really yours to give. Don’t wait too long to find the altar or to begin to place the gift of your wills upon it!” (Neal A. Maxwell, “Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 46.) 

Please ponder the following questions and share your thoughts on any of them:

What does it mean to give one’s will to God? 

What does God give us in return? 

What experiences have you had as you have striven to give your will to God?