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Here’s what the 5 Church school presidents taught during their opening devotionals

Divine identity, prophetic promises, nurturing and logokophosis were all among topics at devotionals at BYU, BYU–Idaho, BYU–Hawaii, Ensign College and BYU–Pathway Worldwide on Jan. 10

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BYU–Idaho students gather in the I-Center on the Rexburg, Idaho, campus for a devotional with President Henry J. Eyring and his wife, Sister Kelly Eyring, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.

Mike Lewis, BYU–Idaho


Here’s what the 5 Church school presidents taught during their opening devotionals

Divine identity, prophetic promises, nurturing and logokophosis were all among topics at devotionals at BYU, BYU–Idaho, BYU–Hawaii, Ensign College and BYU–Pathway Worldwide on Jan. 10

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BYU–Idaho students gather in the I-Center on the Rexburg, Idaho, campus for a devotional with President Henry J. Eyring and his wife, Sister Kelly Eyring, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.

Mike Lewis, BYU–Idaho

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, all five presidents of the institutions within the Church Educational System began a new year and a new semester by addressing their respective students.

Three of the five centered their remarks on counsel given by President Russell M. Nelson during the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults last May. 

In that talk, President Nelson taught three fundamental truths that will help young adults prepare their course:

“First: Know the truth about who you are. 

“Second: Know the truth about what Heavenly Father and His Son have offered you. 

“And third: Know the truth related to your conversion.” 

He also explained that Latter-day Saints’ foremost identifiers are: First, a child of God; second, a child of the covenant; and third, a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Besides referring to the above teachings about divine identity, Tuesday’s devotional topics also included prophetic promises, nurturing and logokophosis.

Find links to coverage of these devotionals at BYU, BYU–Idaho, BYU–Hawaii, Ensign College and BYU–Pathway Worldwide below.

President and Sister Worthen on prophets, promises and logokophosis, at BYU devotional

University President Kevin J Worthen taught how to enhance New Year’s resolutions through Heavenly Father at school’s first 2023 devotional.

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BYU President Kevin J Worthen and his wife, Sister Peggy Worthen, offer the first devotional of the new year in the Marriot Center in Provo, Utah, on Jan. 10, 2023.

Christi Norris, BYU

Remember divine covenants and spiritual identity, President Kauwe tells BYU–Hawaii students

In the opening winter semester devotional, President John S.K. Kauwe III and his wife encouraged students to heed gospel covenants and their true identity as children of God.

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BYU–Hawaii President John S.K. Kauwe III and his wife, Sister Monica Kauwe, pose for a photo prior to speaking in the opening devotional of the year in Laie, Hawaii, on Jan. 10, 2023.

Monique Saenz, BYU–Hawaii

President and Sister Ashton to BYU–Pathway students: ‘Ask God who you are’

Individuals can learn more about their true divine identity as they keep covenants with God, even in difficult times, taught President Brian J. Ashton.

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BYU–Pathway Worldwide President Brian J. Ashton and his wife, Sister Melinda Ashton, speak during a devotional broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.

Screenshot, byupathway.org

Ensign College president, wife testify of divine identity and ability to see it through trials

A testimony of one’s divine heritage ‘is essential for all of us as we each strive to navigate the challenges of mortality,’ said President Bruce C. Kusch.

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Ensign College President Bruce C. Kusch speaks Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Ensign College’s first devotional of winter semester 2023, in the Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Larissa Gasparini da Cruz, Ensign College

How a Primary song helped teach the benefits of nurturing

BYU–Idaho President Henry J. Eyring taught about the miracles that come from nurturing, in school’s first devotional of 2023.

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BYU–Idaho President Henry J. Eyring speaks during the opening devotional for the new year in the I-Center in Rexburg, Idaho, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.

Mike Lewis, BYU–Idaho

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