Elder David A. Bednar spoke at a devotional on the Brigham Young University-Idaho campus on January 26, 2016. At the devotional, Elder Bednar reaffirmed a warning and promise he has given on two previous occasions to the university, the Idaho State Journal reports.
“In the authority of the holy Apostleship, I now raise a voice of warning, and I make a solemn promise. If the day ever were to come that intellectual arrogance, a lack of appreciation, and a spirit of demanding entitlement take root on this campus — among the students, the faculty, the employees, the administration or within the community of Rexburg — then in that day the Spirit of Ricks will be well on the way to being extinguished. And the heavenly influence and blessings that have prospered this institution and the people associated with it will be withdrawn,” Bednar warned. “Conversely, as long as intellectual modesty, humility, gratitude, obedience, and frugality continue to characterize those who learn and serve at Brigham Young University-Idaho, then this university will shine forth ever brighter as a beacon of righteousness and of inspired educational innovation.”
The warning comes from an experience Elder Bednar had with President Henry B. Eyring, where they discussed the tithing money used to improve the campus and how many who paid the tithing from all over the world would not have the chance to step in such a building. You can read more about the devotional at the Idaho State Journal.
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