Summer Reading Competition: Education of the Whole Soul
Each year new students are invited to participate in the BYU Summer Reading program as part of their orientation to BYU. The text for summer 2009, Learning in the Light of Faith, edited by President Henry B. Eyring, encouraged students to consider how scholarship, spiritual development, and discipleship are interconnected.
Additionally, students toured the Education in Zion gallery in the Joseph F. Smith Building as part of their New Student Orientation (NSO) activities. Now The Office of First-Year Experience and Education in Zion are partnering to invite new students to submit creative works exploring the theme of “An Education of the Whole Soul.”
This competition is designed to promote a variety of forms of creative expression as well as to encourage deep personal reflection about how learning and education bless our lives both individually and collectively. Quality submissions will reflect themes from Learning in the Light of Faith as well as incorporate messages from the Education in Zion gallery.
In the words of Spencer W. Kimball, “The uniqueness of Brigham Young University lies in its special role – education for eternity – which it must carry in addition to the usual tasks of a university. This means concern for curricular and behavioral – not only for the ‘whole man,’ but also for the ‘eternal man . . . Only an education which educates for eternity has the wholeness which humans need.”