Instructions: Following the Learning Model

  • Prepare: Spend at least 15-30 minutes studying the information listed below.
  • Teach One Another: Spend 5-10 minutes teaching the associated principle to an individual or group.
  • Ponder and Prove: Reflect on each principle, make plans, and set goals to improve.


  • Disciple: A person who both follows and learns
  • Preparation: The word “preparation” implies the process of making or getting ready for any action or purpose.
  • SMART(Acronym): Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound
  • Center: The word “center” connotes a point from which things originate or emanate. (Oxford English Dictionary)


  • What were your feelings when you got accepted to BYU-Idaho?
  • What were your feelings when you first stepped on campus?
  • What was your impression when your first class started with a prayer?
  • What comes to your mind when you think of BYU-Idaho?
  • What comes to your mind when you think of the MTC?
  • How does the word disciple describe you at this present time?
  • How far are you in becoming a true disciple? What steps are you taking every day to become a true disciple?
  • How often do you measure your spiritual goals?
  • Why do you think President Bednar said that BYU-Idaho is a Disciple Preparation Center?
  • How are you preparing yourself spiritually, professionally, personally, and academically?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What do you want to achieve most in life?
  • What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘center’?


“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” - Abraham Lincoln

“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

LDS Quotes:

"This is a special university- there’s not another one like it. The people you meet and the spirit you feel here will be one of your greatest treasures." - Pres. Steven D. Bennion

"A disciple of Christ of Christ is one who is following and learning to be like Christ--learning to think, to feel, and to act as He does. He or she is striving to gain the mind of Christ, becoming a true disciple of the Savior and following his ways are the most demanding learning objectives we can ever strive to achieve."- Pres. Bednar

"You and I have access to unparalleled spiritual resources that can assist us in developing and deepening our devotion as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ." - Pres. Bednar

"The seeds we are planting today will grow and become mighty oaks, and their branches will run all over the earth." - Principal Jacob Spori



Additional Resources:

Source: BYU–Idaho Devotional Address, President David A. Bednar, 31 August 2004

Training given and compiled by Devi Pariyar