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Fall 2010 graduates asked, “Therefore, what?”

December 20, 2010

Writer: Writer: Andy Cargal

Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed 1,455 graduates at Brigham Young University-Idaho's largest Fall Commencement ever, held Saturday, Dec. 18.


Elder Jensen described the life of a typical BYU-Idaho graduate from birth to parenthood. He explained the reason for much of the success of the graduates was due to the way most of them have been taught to live.


"This day and always-recognize and remember and be grateful that you are the beneficiaries of ... the gospel of Jesus Christ." Elder Jensen also told the graduates, "We often hear about how good you are-that you are a chosen generation-and I sincerely believe that is true. But I must honestly add: you ought to be!"


He then repeated the famous question, coined by Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "Therefore, what?" Elder Jensen challenged the graduates to have meaning and significance in their lives by "consciously choosing to live a life of discipleship." He warned them that "knowledge alone cannot save," and spoke of the importance of their future families and the homes they will create for them. "We make our covenants in churches and temples, but they are best kept at home."


Elder Jensen urged the graduates to "think enough of Christ to make Him your master and to strive all your life to be His disciple."
Elder Paul V. Johnson, commissioner of the Church Educational System, also addressed the graduating students. He said, "As we learn to sacrifice in the normal course of our lives, the Lord is pleased...."


BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark also spoke, admonishing students to "keep the world out of your heart and the Spirit in it," and second, "serve the Lord."