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'Obtain wisdom'

Elder Andersen addresses BYU-Idaho graduation

REXBURG, IDAHO

Just five days after being sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Neil L. Andersen addressed the largest winter graduating class in BYU-Idaho history. Diplomas were awarded to 1,458 students.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, left, walks with BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark during commencement ceremonies April 10. Elder Andersen spoke to the 1,458 graduates only five days after being called as an apostle.
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, left, walks with BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark during commencement ceremonies April 10. Elder Andersen spoke to the 1,458 graduates only five days after being called as an apostle. Photo: Michael Lewis/BYU-Idaho

Friday morning, April 10, Elder Andersen urged students to seek wisdom in addition to the knowledge they gained during their university career.

"We can pole-vault over many of the sad experiences that come in life by obtaining wisdom early — beyond our age," he said. "Perhaps the most important point I will teach today is that not all wisdom is created equal."

He encouraged students to seek the most important wisdom, "wisdom with a large W," the wisdom of God.

Elder Andersen explained how this wisdom can be applied to today's economic situation. "The foundation is self-reliance and work," he said. "We live on less than we earn and we differentiate between our needs and our wants. We avoid debt except for the most fundamental needs. We live within a budget. We put away some savings. We are honest in all our obligations."

Kim B. Clark, president of BYU-Idaho, also addressed the graduates. He emphasized service, living clean lives and staying focused on worthy goals. He encouraged students to make an impact on others.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, left, and BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, left, and BYU-Idaho President Kim B. Clark Photo: Michael Lewis/BYU-Idaho

"The person who needs you may be right down the hall in your own home," he said. "It may be someone across the world. It may be a nephew or a neighbor. It may be a lost soul you don't know. Whoever it may be, when the impressions come, go."

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