Gateway Seminars are not required.
Realize the Vision Seminar
As part of this Gateway Seminar assignment, please complete the preparation activity below and submit an answer to the question provided.
This seminar introduces you to the prophetic vision of BYU-Idaho and how you can fulfill this vision at BYU-Idaho and throughout your life.
President Clark has said:
Prophetic vision guides BYU-Idaho in the fulfillment of its institutional mission, which is to prepare young people for the marvelous work the Lord has in store for them. I believe two companion principles define our mission: discipleship and leadership. These principles will help prepare BYU-Idaho students for their roles in the Lord's kingdom and in the world.
... At BYU-Idaho, we are developing generations of disciple-leaders for the world, and for the Church in the dispensation of the fullness of times.
As you read the quotes below, consider the following questions:
- What were the series of events that led you to BYU-Idaho?
- How do you see these prophetic messages making a difference in what you do at BYU-Idaho and beyond?
President Hinckley's Prophetic Vision for BYU-Idaho
"I see a great future for this institution. It will go forward under inspired leadership. It will grow in strength under a dedicated and able faculty. It will be increasingly recognized as its graduates move out across the world and fill positions of responsibility. How do I know this? I know this because this is an institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its mission is well defined. That mission is to impart secular knowledge in a first-class manner while building faith in the Eternal God and His Risen Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
"This Church will never fail. Jesus Christ stands at its head. And just as it will never fail, neither will its institutions and programs.
"This university will succeed in a wonderful manner. It will take its place among the great learning facilities of our nation as we who have some attachment to it walk and work in faith. That I believe with all my heart and pray that that day will come, as it surely will." (Dedication of Gordon B. Hinckley Building, BYU-Idaho, October 22, 2002)
Prophetic Promises for BYU-Idaho Students
“The students will learn from example how to keep on a steady upward course in times of great change. They will see leaders and teachers and staff members for whom the Savior and His kingdom are at the center of their lives. From that example, I make a prophesy. Now listen carefully.
"From that example they—you—will become life-long teachers in their families, in the Church, and in their work, and they will bless others wherever they go by what they have learned about innovating with scarce resources and treating all they have as if it were the Lord's.
"You can imagine the joy of an employer or a Church leader when such a graduate arrives. The graduates will be at personal peace by having kept the commandments. They will be natural leaders who know how to teach and how to learn. They will have the power to innovate and improve without requiring more of what money can buy. Those graduates of BYU-Idaho will become—and this is a prophesy that I am prepared to make and make solemnly—those graduates of BYU-Idaho will become legendary for their capacity to build the people around them and to add value wherever they serve." (Henry B. Eyring, “A Steady, Upward Course,” BYU–Idaho Devotional, September 18, 2001)