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Elder Bruce C. Hafen and Sister Marie K. Hafen will present Faith is Not Blind at the University Forum on May 16, in the BYU-Idaho Center at 2 p.m. They will follow their presentation with a Q&A session starting at 3 p.m.

Who is Elder Hafen?

Elder Hafen served as the President of Ricks College from 1978 to 1985 and Marie Hafen taught Shakespeare, freshman writing and Book of Mormon at the college.

During Elder Hafen’s time as president, he added the Eliza R. Snow Center for the performing arts, the Livestock Center, Viking Stadium and the first classical music radio station in Idaho.

“May we never forget those tender moments of spiritual power and insight that tell us why we have such a college in the Church and what we learn when we come here,” Elder Hafen said to alumni in 1978.

After Elder Hafen’s time, he served as a member of the first faculty at the BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School and then the Provost, or second-in-charge at BYU.

In 1996, he was called as a General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Australia, North America and Europe. He was released in 2010.

An inside look

Gerald Griffin, a retired BYU-I art professor, said Elder Hafen was genuinely interested in students gaining an education.

Griffin first met Elder Hafen when he was being hired at Ricks. Elder Hafen impressed him with his knowledge of art and ability to devote all of his attention to his on-hand task. “He’s very bright, very astute and level headed,” said Griffin.

Rick’s College faculty used to hold weekly basketball games. Whenever Elder Hafen participated, he quickly became a superstar. “Since he was president, he got a lot of leeways,” said Griffin. Elder Hafen realized he was finally accepted when he started getting fouled.

Prepare for the forum

The theme of their address will be based on some themes from their newly published book Faith is Not Blind. They have invited students to read the second chapter of their book here.

Students are also invited to submit question for the Q&A session here.


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