Geoffrey Miller, a Pathway service missionary and student with his wife and two children. GEOFFREY MILLER | Courtesy Photo

Serving in Pathway

Geoffrey Miller is originally from Minnesota, but has been living for the last past 13 years in Mexico. Miller’s wife is from Mexico, and they have a 10-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. Miller recently finished his second semester of Pathway. Miller said he started to build computers when he was 12 years old. He…


The online path

Anthony Koranteng is 25 years old and lives in Ghana. Koranteng was born in Liberia, but he was raised in the capital of Ghana, which lies in the coastal region of the country. He said that he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2003 when a friend introduced him to it….

Shantai Pohlsander with her husband and four children. Pohlsander is a third semester Pathway student from Willard, Missouri. SHANTAI POHLSANDER | Courtesy Photo

A better path

In about a week, Shantai Pohlsander from Willard, Missouri, will complete the three semester Pathway program. Next year, she will continue her education through the online program at BYU-Idaho in Marriage and Family studies. Pohlsander is the mother of four children and she and her husband are both going back to school. While her husband…

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Commit to Pathway

Bridget Halcomb was born and raised in Alaska and has not spent more than three months outside of Alaska in her entire life. Bridget Halcomb was first introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she was in third grade by a friend. She said that she was very impressed by how…

Familia Mendez Ruiz (Guatemala)

Pathway: we’re all in this together

In the Mendez family, everybody is involved in the Pathway program. The Pathway program applies just as much to Grandfather and Grandmother Mendez as to their children, who are young parents or single. Fifty-year-old Gustavo Mendez has been serving as a stake president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala for…

Samual Chavez sits with fellow Pathway students during class. SAMUEL CHAVEZ | Courtesy Photo

The Peruvian way

In the city of Lima, Peru with a population of over eight million people, lives 26-year-old Samuel Chavez, a BYU-Idaho Pathway student in his second semester. Chavez, an image consultant to politicians in Peru and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one day walked into his congregation building and saw a…

The institute class at a Mexico City Stake Center meets each Thursday. Each week, the LDS service missionaries serving the Mexico City area Pathway students teach the class. SONJA CARLSON | Scroll Photography

Pathway program needs additional help

As enrollment rates for BYU-Idaho’s Pathway program continue to climb, the need for speaking partners is increasing. Speaking partners are a component of the Pathway program. They are needed during each Pathway student’s first year, which is called Academic Start. Speaking partners are English speaking volunteers, who are at least 18 years old and members…


Pathway students set an example of gratitude

Think of your most humbling moment. The moment when almost everything you’d ever known or believed was suddenly changed and, in a way, improved. Mine happened recently, as I was sitting in an impromptu testimony meeting with some BYU-Idaho faculty and Pathway students in Mexico City, Mexico. My heart seemed to twist with every beat,…

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