February, 1, 2013

Politicians at BYU

Over the years, many significant world leaders have visited BYU and been impressed with both the campus and the students. In connection with the recent Presidential Inauguration, EIZ opened a small photo exhibit on politicians who have visited BYU.  A surprising number of politicians have visited including Harry Truman, Hubert Humphrey, Bobby Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and others. Each has brought his or her own political style to campus and has been warmly welcomed regardless of political affiliation.

There are diverse political beliefs in the United States, but, regardless of our own political affiliation, everyone makes up a part of a unified whole as citizens.  The exhibit is meant to encourage visitors to think about politics and how they can get involved and make a difference.  We are blessed to live in a country that allows us the opportunity to exercise our agency in an effort to make a change in the world.

Along with photos and fun facts about each politician highlighted, the photo exhibit discusses the role of citizenship that each of us should play as students at BYU. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourage members to be actively involved in their communities and in the political process. President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “We are involved in an intense battle. It is a battle between right and wrong, between truth and error, between the design of the Almighty on the one hand and that of Lucifer on the other. For that reason, we desperately need moral men and women who stand on principle, to be involved in the political process. Otherwise, we abdicate power to those whose designs are almost entirely selfish.”[1]

Come to the politicians’ exhibit at Education in Zion to see what a force for good you can be!

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[1] Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2001), 15.