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By Mary Richards, Church News
When Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles looks back over the last 100 years of BYU Education Week, he sees a pattern not just of learning and instruction, but also an effort to build faith in Jesus Christ.
“I commend each of you for attending today to learn and to strengthen your faith. An omniscient God honors your efforts,” Elder Cook told the crowd gathered at the Marriott Center for the devotional on Tuesday, August 16.
Beginning as Leadership Week in 1922, Education Week now gathers thousands of people and hundreds of instructors every year on the campus of Brigham Young University. Elder Cook noted that the stated purpose began as a way to provide spiritual as well as academic stimulation and training to leaders, particularly in Church leadership lines.
Over the years the program moved toward classes to enhance knowledge and continue education — and the event “has continued to progress, evolve, and improve over the years. It blesses the lives of many people,” Elder Cook said.
Elder Cook noted that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members have a doctrinal commitment to education. Studies indicate that a high percentage of active Latter-day Saints have completed four or more years of college — among the highest of all religions.
He quoted a Pew Study on religious engagement and education that found that members of the Church “with college experience have [church] attendance rates notably higher than any other group.” Other members pursue informal, continuing education such as the instruction offered during Education Week.
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