Faster Family History

When BYU economics professor Joseph Price first explored his ancestry, he searched for 20 hours and concluded that his tree must be “all done.” Then he found a name—“a son that had been missed.” He took that name to the temple the same day and performed all the ordinances. “It just changed me,” he recalls. And now Price is changing how we do family history research. In his Record Linking Lab at BYU, undergrads use advanced technology to hasten family history research and contribute to academic studies; they have already added 50 million people to the tree. Listen to a new episode of the Y Magazine podcast to learn how the lab finds and connects people and how you can get involved. Subscribe to future episodes at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube.

Involving the Lord in Learning

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “obtaining an education and getting knowledge are a religious responsibility,” said President Russell M. Nelson. Charged with taking education to Latter-day Saints and others in the world is Elder Clark G. Gilbert, a General Authority Seventy and commissioner of Church education. In this episode of the Church News podcast, he discusses the expansive Church Educational System, the enlightening power of education, and involving the Lord in learning.

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A Matter of Life and Breath

Air pollution—stemming from brickmaking, indoor cooking, and vehicle emissions—pervades homes in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. An interdisciplinary BYU research team, concerned about the health impact on residents, particularly brickworkers, recently evaluated the respiratory health of the region’s residents. To learn more, read the story, browse the photo gallery, and watch the new video.

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A Story of Reconciliation and Love

The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia, recently kicked off Black History Month with a newly installed exhibit honoring members of the Wyoming Black 14. Along with the new exhibit, BYU’s School of Communications was invited to show its documentary “The Black 14: Healing Hearts and Feeding Souls.” The film was screened in front of a packed audience and was followed by a panel discussion featuring Black 14 members Tony McGee, John Griffin, and Mel Hamilton. Read about the two-day event, which included a 40,000-pound food donation, here, or in the Church News.

BYU Life after Loss Conference | Living onward through healing and hope in the Savior | March 22-23, 2024

Lessons from the Fall

Last year Y Magazine podcast host Whitney Archibald fell 30 feet while rock climbing in Provo’s Rock Canyon. Miraculously, she landed in the only Whitney-shaped clearing below—just inches from rocks. Although her injuries were significant, she experienced a spiritual outpouring that changed her forever. Read the article or listen to a podcast about how her fall and what followed became a master class with God on life, listening, and love.

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For Future Blue-Letter Days

A giant new BYU logo was permanently installed on central campus last week, providing a photo-worthy backdrop for freshman first days, graduation gatherings, and other happy occasions for years to come. Watch the installation of the new 8-foot-tall logo, located just north of the Wilkinson Student Center, with Y Mountain in the background.

BYU's Jaxson Robinson blocks the shot of a Baylor player

Finishing Strong

No. 25 BYU men’s basketball made the most of its second matchup with Baylor this season as it secured 16 offensive rebounds for 20 second-chance points and beat the No. 11 Bears 78-71 on Tuesday night at the Marriott Center. The win gives the Cougars their first-ever regular season with wins over three different ranked opponents. Watch a cinematic recap of the victory. Next up: the Cougars hit the road to face Kansas State on Saturday.

Message of Love

Each February many people write love letters to those around them. But the deepest and most enduring message of love comes from Jesus Christ and our heavenly parents. Watch the latest inspiring short video from BYU Speeches.

A Neighborly Rendition

Throw on a colorful cardigan, change into comfy sneakers, and enjoy the BYU Singers’ performance of “It’s You I Like” from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Save the Date

Know someone who may be graduating soon? Grad Fair will be the first opportunity for upcoming grads to purchase their caps and gowns, regalia bundles, class rings, and more. Congratulations to our class of 2024!