BYU-Idaho released a video entitled “Fulfilling the Mission” on April 25. The video outlined President Gordon B. Hinckley’s original mission of the school, stated in June 2000 when he announced that Ricks College would become a four-year institution known as BYU-Idaho.
“BYU-Idaho’s move to four-year status will be phased in over a period of time and accomplished in such a way as to preserve the school’s autonomy and identity,” President Hinckley said. “Adjustments to its mission will be minimal.”BYU-Idaho’s mission is “to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in their homes, the Church and their communities,” according to the BYU-I Our Mission Web page.
The video addresses the fulfillment of this mission statement as the school has progressed since its founding in 1888.
To build disciple leaders, President Clark G. Gilbert said in the video, the university teaches students to stand for Jesus Christ.
“I like how the video called BYU-Idaho a temple of learning,” said Angelena Goldwater, a freshman majoring in Marriage and Family Studies. “I learn well at BYU-I.”
Since its founding, Ricks College has centered its learning around Christ’s discipleship, according to the video.
President Hinckley said Ricks College has long since been teaching oriented and that this learning model would continue with the transition of the two-year college to the four-year university, according to the video.
“It’s amazing how much thought and effort the Church has put into helping their students,” said Michelle Lybbert, a freshman studying biology “It’s all for the students.”
Elder David A. Bednar said the defining factor of BYU-I is the faculty and administration’s focus placed on students’ needs.
BYU-I places an emphasis on higher education while making it easily accessible for students, according to the video.
“It will be just as good a teaching institution as we can make it,” President Hinckley said.
The video addresses the school’s pioneer heritage, both past and present.
“Early pioneers brought a spirit of frugality, a longing for prophetic direction and a spirit of personal sacrifice,” President Gilbert said in the video.
President Hinckley said he expected students to be willing to put the Lord first, potentially sacrificing what they love most in the process.
“Ricks College established a legacy of faith and sacrifice and righteousness,” said Elder Kim B. Clark, former president of BYU-I, according to the video. “This is a very special place. A place that the Lord has dedicated and preserved to be the home of a great university with a very special and distinctive culture.”
President Gilbert said in the video that the school’s population has tripled since President Hinckley’s announcement.
“It should be obvious to all of us that something spiritually significant is taking place in Rexburg, Idaho,” Elder Bednar said in the video.
The change from Ricks College to BYU-I marked the beginning of a new era for the school, according to the BYU-I General History Web page.
“Change will not end,” President Henry B. Eyring said, according to the video. “This school is to be a place of educational innovation permanently.”