PROVO, Utah — A new Web site is sharing stories of students and others at BYU who are making a difference in the world.
"When we say 'world class, worldwide,' it isn't merely a nice slogan," said BYU president, Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Seventy. "People are truly amazed when they learn the types of projects our students are involved in."
The range of student scholarly work and service is so large that Elder Bateman said "it would be difficult for someone to not find something of interest — literacy, cancer research, scriptural studies, the space program, mentoring students — and that's just the beginning. There are students working on environmental issues, some are helping malnourished infants in impoverished nations, and others are researching widespread family problems and speaking out in national and international forums on family values."
The Web site was created by LDS Foundation under the direction of the Presiding Bishopric of the Church. LDS Foundation is the Church department responsible for facilitating gifts to the Church apart from tithes and fast offerings. The site features the approved fund-raising priorities of the Church and its related charities, including BYU.
"This Web site helps us broaden our reach and opens the door for many, especially LDS people, to participate in this work," said Elder Bateman. "It helps people see the major role BYU is playing as the Church's flagship university.
"I hope the new Web site will help more people begin to glimpse the magnitude of BYU's mission. Increased giving will result from people better understanding our mission and what we do to fulfill that mission."
Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve said the Web site helps people satisfy their desire to be involved.
"We receive many inquiries from members asking how they can help the Church and its institutions of higher learning with the ongoing work of the Restoration. For many, this Web site will be an excellent source of information on what is important right now and how to be involved with us in the process of moving the kingdom of God forward," he said.