University Devotionals and Forums
Aug 19 - 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the featured speaker at the Devotional on Tuesday, August 19, at 11:10 a.m., in the Marriott Center. The devotional is free and open to the public. The devotional will be broadcast live on BYUTV, and archived on BYUtv.org and speeches.byu.edu.
David A. Bednar was ordained and set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 7, 2004. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Bednar served as an Area Seventy, Area Authority Seventy, regional representative, twice as a stake president, and as a bishop.
Elder Bednar was born on June 15, 1952, in Oakland, California. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also received a doctoral degree in organizational behavior from Purdue University.
After completing his education, Elder Bednar was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and at the University of Arkansas. He then served as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho (formerly Ricks College) from 1997-2004.
Elder Bednar married Susan Kae Robinson in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1975, and they are the parents of three sons.
Sep 9 - 11:00 AMKevin J Worthen will be installed as BYU’s 13th president during a devotional assembly on Tuesday, September 9, at 11 a.m., in the Marriott Center. The inauguration ceremony will feature remarks from officials at BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Worthen succeeds Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, who served as BYU president for 11 years. While Worthen officially began his tenure as president of the university on May 1, 2014, this inauguration is a chance for the greater campus community to come together to celebrate this important milestone at BYU. About President Worthen Prior to his new role, Worthen served as BYU’s advancement vice president. Before that he was the dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. He is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at BYU and has particular expertise in federal Indian law. He is a former Fulbright scholar and clerked for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court. He also has been an associate attorney for Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix. A native of Carbon County, Utah, Worthen earned an associate degree from the College of Eastern Utah, where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team. While at CEU, he also worked during the summer months as an underground coal miner in the Plateau Mine in Wattis, Utah. Worthen earned his bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from BYU. He is currently serving as an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Peggy Sealey Worthen, have three children and one grandchild.