Welcome to the BYU Summer Reading program blog. We are looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Learning in the Light of Faith. Check back here often for information about the summer reading, discussion questions, and exciting contests.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Photo Contest- Win Cash Prizes!!!

We are excited to announce the 2009 Summer Reading Photo Contest! We are offering a $250 grand prize for the best photo incorporating this year's theme of light. You can take a picture in front of buildings, on mountaintops, or anywhere else you want, as long as your photograph illustrates light and how it relates to learning in the light of faith.

All you need to do to enter the contest is send your picture, along with a short Entry form, to fye@byu.edu by August 10th, 2009. You can also mail it to Office of First-Year Experience, Brigham Young University, 2006 JKB, Provo, UT 84602.

Discussion Question #2

Thank you to everyone who commented on the first discussion question! This second discussion question comes from essay by Paul Alan Cox, Journey to City Creek: Adding Scholarship to Discipleship. We look forward to reading your thoughts and insights.

Dr. Cox talks about the word scholar being used in a general context- referring to anyone who seeks learning (p. 19). How does disciple-scholarship apply to learning that happens outside the classroom? In what ways will you prepare yourself for "lifelong learning," (see the "Aims of a BYU Education") while you are at BYU?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

First Summer Reading discussion question

We will be posting discussion questions throughout the rest of the summer for you to respond to. Feel free to comment on each question, and also on others' responses. This first question is in reference to the first essay in the book- The Disciple Scholar, by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.

Elder Maxwell tells us it is “no wonder [that] a true community of scholars would qualify to be part of a larger community of Saints” (p. 6). What important qualities do saints and scholars share? How will you cultivate these qualities and begin to become a disciple-scholar during your first year at BYU?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

We have our winners!

Congratulations! We have our first 10 official followers that have won an awesome BYU hoodie.

Ben Richards
Sharisa Nay
Jodi Nicholas
Barbara Scroggins
Faith Goimarac

If your name is on this list, please email me ASAP (fye@byu.edu) and we'll get you your prize. Include your name, phone number, address you'd like us to send the hoodie to and the size you'd like.

If your name isn't on this list, still follow the blogs. We are going to have special prize drawings for those who follow and participate on the blogs. Happy reading!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Disciple Scholarship Articles

Here are three articles that you may be interested in, to supplement your reading in Learning in the Light of Faith. Enjoy!
A Child of God - President Eyring
Education in Zion- BYU Magazine
Reason, Faith, and the Things of Eternity- Bruce C. Hafen

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Reading

How will you begin your BYU experience? This summer, join over five thousand new students in a BYU academic tradition: the BYU Summer Reading program! This year we'll all be reading Learning in the Light of Faith, edited by President Henry B. Eyring.

Learning in the Light of Faith is a collection of lectures that were given to students in the BYU Honors program. President Eyring, noted that these lectures help to paint “a portrait of the disciple-scholar, students or scholars who seek to prepare to serve God through their studies.” As you read, you’ll find insights that will help you as you begin your journey toward disciple-scholarship. Remember that your first semester at BYU will be an important time for you to cultivate deep spiritual and academic roots, and Learning in the Light of Faith will help you develop the habits you need to hit the ground running at BYU.