Prophecies, Principles and Priorities

Airview from BYU Campus

It is our responsibility as students, faculty members, and alumni to sustain BYU's life sciences, and then play lead roles both within and without our laboratories in the fulfilling of prophecy.

John Taylor John Taylor

"You will see the day that Zion will be as far ahead of the outside world in everything pertaining to learning of every kind as we are today in regard to religious matters. You mark my words, and write them down, and see if they do not come to pass." 1

Charles Malik Charles Malik

"One day a great university will arise to which Christ will return... a university which will, in the pro­motion of scientific, intellectual, and artistic excellence, sur­pass by far even the best secular universities of the present, [and] enable Christ to bless it and feel perfectly at home in it." 2

Henry B. Eyring Henry B. Eyring

"Those who welcome Him at that univer­sity will have met and passed the tests. He will be at home, per­fectly at home, because they will not only have said the words 'This is the Lord's university,' but they will have served and lived to make it so." 3

Spencer W. Kimball Spencer W. Kimball

"…we expect that [BYU] will become a leader among the great universities of the world. To that expectation I would add, remain a unique university in all the world. Then, in the process of time, this truly will become the fully recognized university of the Lord about which so much has been spoken in the past." 4

Spencer W. Kimball Spencer W. Kimball

"Out of this university... will rise brilliant stars in drama, literature, music, sculpture, painting, science, and in all the scholarly graces... who will touch men and women the world over long after they have left this campus." 5

Gordon B. Hinckley Gordon B. Hinckley

"You cannot simply sit in your laboratory or your library and let the world drift along its aimless way. It needs your strength, your courage, your voice in speaking up for those values that can save it." 6

Mission and Aims of BYU

The mission of Brigham Young University is "to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life." To this end, BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. BYU education should be (1) spiritually strengthening, (2) intellectually enlarging, and (3) character building, leading to (4) lifelong learning and service


1Journal of Discourses, vol. 21, 100. 2“Education in Upheaval: The Christian’s Responsibility,” Creative Help for Daily Living 21 (September 1970): 10. 3“A Consecrated Place,” BYU Annual University Conference, 27 August 2001. 4”Second Century Address,” Educating Zion, BYU Studies, 1996, 78. 5“Second Century Address,” Educating Zion, BYU Studies, 1996, 67. 6“Stand Up for Truth,” BYU Devotional address, 17 September 1996.