BYU-Idaho’s vice president, Kevin Miyasaki, is still recovering in the hospital after suffering a stroke on Thursday, March 3.
“He’s just being watched at the hospital and they’re trying to determine that,” said Brett Sampson, University Relations Public Affairs Director.
Since the stroke, President Miyasaki’s son, Clarke Miyasaki, has been giving updates on his condition via Instagram, generating dozens of likes and comments from the public.
“He has been more aware of everything,” one update read. “Highlights have been him singing “I am a Child of God” in Japanese, trying to comfort us with left arm hugs when we’re struggling and executing various commands from the doctor.”
Small gestures like comforting his loved ones with hugs only highlights the character that seems prevalent in his interactions with students, made evident in the way they speak about him.
“He’s a great example of giving of himself and not caring about anything else really,” said Jordan Hughes, member of BYU-Idaho Student Support. “He’s a good example to follow.”
Students across campus have met President Miyasaki in various settings, each expressing their love of his character.
“He is one of the most humble people I have met,” said Emily Carson, a senior majoring in marriage and family studies. “I really mean that. I remember, we had an interview with him once because he’s in our stake presidency, for a calling and we just sat down with him and he was just sharing some of his life experiences. (He is) just so humble.”
President Miyasaki’s responsibilities at BYU-I put him in the paths of students again and again. Many who have listened to him speak say that the impact he has is more than just on the individual, but also spreads throughout the entire community.
“He described, we always say the ‘bubble’ you know, the ‘Rexburg bubble,’ if you leave this bubble you’ll notice a difference,” said Parker Carson, a senior majoring in biology. “But, he said, we should change our vocabulary, we should call it the ‘Rexburg Miracle,’ because that’s what it is. I think the reason it’s the ‘Rexburg Miracle’ is because of people like President Miyasaki.”
Which is why Parker Carson said he believes that a man who has served as much as President Miyasaki has, should notworry about taking it slow as he recovers.
“He has time,” Parker Carson said. “He can take the time to rest, recover, because he’s done so much for us. We’re so very grateful for him and his diligence in his calling and being a good representative of the Savior.”