Dean's Message: Our Role to Fulfill Prophecy

Dean Hello again alumni and friends. We're back in this second issue of BioAg with more insights and updates from your collegiate home. This edition includes a focus on the Monte L. Bean Life Sciences Museum. Please visit the Museum next time you're here. You'll be amazed at the extent and depth of the collections here—many of which are behind the main galleries.

I'm providing, again, a graph of National Science Foundation data. Note how the life sciences have literally taken flight. Then, turn the page and read the 1890 prophecy of President John Taylor about education in Zion and compare it to the graph. Add to that President Hinckley's statement about not simply sitting in your laboratory and letting the world drift by. Then there's the thrilling prophecy by Charles Malik about a great university that will arise one day, surpassing all others. I'm sure you will appreciate the onus that we feel to see that BYU's life science programs are keeping pace.

Elder Eyring recently explained to us that "the role of a prophet is to prophesy; the role of the rest of us is to fulfill prophecy." So, we are not just sitting in our laboratories waiting for all things wonderful to come to pass. We're scrutinizing our programs, processes, and resources for the best way to fulfill prophecy ourselves.

If you could sit in our committee meetings and councils you would feel it taking shape. If you could weave through the students in our hallways or stand before them in class, you'd know that the people who will play lead roles in the fulfillment of prophecy are here.

We thank all of you who are helping, from your distance, to support us with your generosity.

Best wishes to you all.