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Brigham Young University President Kevin J Worthen BYU President Kevin J Worthen

Help Us Advance the Intellect-Expanding, Soul-Refining, Celestializing Endeavor That Is BYU

I have focused on Brigham Young University’s mission statement and the stated role that BYU plays in assisting students “in their quest for perfection and eternal life.”

According to the mission statement, during students’ time here, we are to provide them “a period of intensive learning.” Other portions of the mission statement describe the content and lifelong outcomes of that learning. Above all else, our students should learn “the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The Aims document effectively boils the mission statement down to four main points: Brigham Young University is to provide learning that is “(1) spiritually strengthening, (2) intellectually enlarging, and (3) character building, leading to (4) lifelong learning and service.”

Watch Inspiring Learning in action in Petra, Jordan, and hear graduate student and project participant Allison N. Lee note how the experience changed her life: “There is something about working hard and investing in something that is more than yourself.”

Introducing Inspiring Learning

In an effort to even more succinctly explain what we are about in a way that allows people to easily remember, I have tried to simplify the core learning goals of BYU (while still emphasizing that a full understanding requires a return to the mission statement) in a two-word description: “inspiring learning.”

When I use the term “inspiring learning,” I have in mind both meanings of the word inspiring. I hope we inspire our students to learn. And I hope that learning leads to inspiration. When both things happen, inspiring learning occurs, and we can then know we are on the right track to achieve the core goals set forth in our mission statement.

Experiential learning has become somewhat of a buzzword in academia in recent years. Learning is enhanced by experiences outside of the classroom. Clearly students cannot learn all they need to learn by memorizing or even discussing principles in a classroom. Experience connects theory with application and deepens our understanding of the principles and truths we learn. 

Propelled by your support, our efforts to enhance inspiring learning—with the kind of education described in our mission statement—can have an enormous impact on all BYU students.

Your association with BYU is greatly appreciated. I hope that through your involvement with BYU, you are able see, as we do, the majesty of the Lord at work in your life and in the lives of others.

Watch videos about students’ inspiring learning experiences at Read the BYU mission statement and aims document at And watch or read President Worthen’s addresses on inspiring learning at