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An illustration of an aquaponics system. Plants are growing on top of the water and fish are swimming underneath. The words Seeds of Hope appear below.

Taking to heart BYU’s mantra to “go forth to serve,” students and faculty are working to address food insecurity at home and around the globe. From developing strains of quinoa that can survive in harsh climates to designing hydroponic systems that grow nutritious plants in water to studying how best to serve breakfast and lunch to school children, BYU is improving food and health prospects near and far. Read more about the impact.

A silhouetted photographer standing on Y Mountain points his camera at the sun setting on Provo and Utah Lake.

In 2025 BYU will be celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary.  In preparation the university is looking for creative individuals who might be interested in designing the 150th anniversary campus gift. At this early stage, the sesquicentennial committee is considering a range of possible ideas—sculptures, buildings, reflective spaces, landscape installations, or other permanent campus amenities. Gift ideas are not needed at this point. Interested creatives can submit their resume and portfolios for consideration at

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The Black 14 Healing Hearts and Feeding Souls, A Daily Universe Production accompanied by BYU and Wyoming logos and a photo of University of Wyoming football players from the late 60s.

In 1969 14 University of Wyoming football players asked their coach if they could protest the the Church of Jesus Christ’s policy on Black members holding the priesthood. For this they were kicked off the team. In 2020 the Black 14 and the Church reconciled and combined efforts to fight food insecurity, donating hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to those in need across the country. During a recent BYU visit, two of the former Wyoming players—John Griffin and Mel Hamilton—attended the premiere of a BYU student–produced film on the Black 14 and lit the Y before the BYU vs. Wyoming football game. Of their visit, Griffin said, “It’s adding to the healing that’s been underway for a lot of years.”

An engineer in clean room gear holds up a circular silicon wafer etcehd with the entire text of the Book of Mormon.

Some innovative BYU electrical-engineering students have etched all 291,652 words of the Book of Mormon onto a silicon wafer that can fit in the palm of your hand. And to top it off, the students gave it a gold-plated coating. Unlike digital and print copies of the scriptures, this engraved version will not degrade and could last millions of years. Watch this video and read this story to learn how they did it.

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An illustration of a professor with a backpack and Indiana Jones-style hat approaches a Maya statue with a cacao tree in the background.

Rappelling into sinkholes, fighting off killer bees, discovering ancient ruins—this story has all the elements of an Indiana Jones adventure. But in this tale, the treasure is more appetizing than it is shiny. Read how emeritus professor Richard Terry and environmental-science grad students braved the jungles of Mexico for clues about where the ancient Maya cultivated the source of chocolate—the cacao plant.

In his recent devotional Steven Lund shares the flashes of light that have illuminated his spiritual life.

“My testimony is a composite panorama of countless bursts of light,” said Steven J. Lund, Young Men general president, in his Sept. 20 devotional address. He shared how we don’t need to see everything to have faith in Jesus Christ. Rather than having one continuous revelatory connection with God, we more often learn of His reality and His love through “flashes of light.” Read a recap, watch a highlight video, or enjoy the full address.

A young woman sits in a brightly lit living room and thinks about life.

When facing challenges we are often tempted to pray away our problems or question Heavenly Father’s plan for us. But we can find hope in these “soul-stretching” moments. Watch a new inspiring short from Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s 1974 talk “But for a Small Moment” to better understand how God, because He loves us, delivers customized challenges that help us grow and progress.

A grandma leads two students carrying a giant pitcher of green bean juice..

The story begins like this: “One semester when Grandma Hulme visited Provo, my BYU student cousins and I met her for lunch at the Cougareat.” After Grandma steered the group to the nutritious choices in the cafeteria section, she spied a large metal serving tray being pulled from the line. That’s when the family lunch went from typical to unforgettable. Read this and other tales of breaking bread and making memories on campus.

Jimmer in disguise is pictured. BYU Basketball presents Tim Schloss aka Slick Nick.

Jimmer Fredette goes undercover—with multiple backstories and aliases—and surprises his fellow hoopsters at BYU basketball’s recent walk-on tryouts. Watch this video to see how many consecutive three-pointers Tim Schloss (aka Slick Nick) can hit while in disguise.

A graphic showing Cosmo doing a one-armed handstand. BYU Homecoming is October 11-15. Opening ceremony, Cougar Run, noonday activities, football game, award lectures, hike and light the Y. See more events online. BYU Alumni.

Homecoming Week is less than two weeks away, kicking off on Oct. 11 with an opening ceremony in the Marriott Center. Don’t miss this year’s Hike and Light the Y, Alumni Award lectures, baseball and softball games, 5K run, and huge football game against Arkansas. Check out all of the events. Can’t make it to campus? Here are a few ways to celebrate Homecoming 2022 at home.

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