The spiritual aspects of PathwayConnect helps bring families closer together
Courses through BYU-Pathway Worldwide can strengthen much more than a student’s intellect. While earning a degree or certificate is the end goal for many students, the
Many students notice how their studies and their relationships with their families are related. As they bring themselves closer to the Savior and His teachings, they are brought closer to their families as well.
Here are five ways gospel principles taught through BYU-Pathway courses can help strengthen relationships between families:
1. Have a Stronger Feeling of the Spirit in Your Home“Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.”
With BYU-Pathway, students have the unique opportunity to strengthen their testimonies through a gospel-centered curriculum. Through reading scriptures, reviewing general conference talks, and watching gospel videos, students are challenged to apply gospel principles to their learning and everyday life.
“PathwayConnect hasn’t just strengthened my spirituality, it has strengthened the spirituality of my whole family,” he said.
Since completing PathwayConnect, Trevon has started a BYU-Idaho online degree in web design and development, presented and coordinated through BYU-Pathway, and continues to develop professionally and spiritually.
2. Increase Knowledge of the Plan of Salvation
BYU-Pathway’s gospel-based curriculum constantly reinforces the true doctrine of forever families. Having a greater understanding of this principle helps students come closer to their families while they’re here on Earth.
Learning more about the plan of salvation helps students gain an eternal perspective of their family. They learn that they aren’t only helping their family on Earth, but they’re also preparing for their family’s eternal home in heaven.
3. Become Self-Reliant
Families can be a great motivator for students to begin or continue working toward higher education. After enrolling in PathwayConnect, many parents have a rejuvenated sense of responsibility to their families. They realize how important it is to be a provider, and that earning their degree will help them become one.
“My husband’s health issues raised my eyes and helped me realize that if anything happens to him, I don’t have a way of providing for my kids.”
PathwayConnect gave Janalie the opportunity to start her path toward an online degree and be prepared to help her family moving forward.
4. Grow Together Spiritually
As families come closer to the Savior, they begin to feel connected in a way they might not have experienced before. Accomplishing assignments and readings in BYU-Pathway’s gospel-centered curriculum can help a student’s family grow spiritually as a whole.
“When my wife and I chose to obey the Lord’s prompting to establish our family, He knew our loyalty was with Him,” said Psalm. “When we as disciples make that decision to follow Him, we are entitled to His help. Learning more about how to follow the Savior’s teachings in PathwayConnect has been God’s inspired way to help me and my family.”
5. Learn to Motivate Each Other
Seeing a spouse or family member accomplish their goals is a blessing. Working toward a goal alongside a friend or family member can be even more motivating.
Patricia Maples from Hawaii and David Ellington from Texas are siblings who enrolled in PathwayConnect and went on to receive their bachelor’s degrees in spring 2017. They constantly motivated each other through the program. Even though Patricia was tempted to give up, remembering the goal she made with her brother kept her moving forward.
“The first week attending PathwayConnect I almost quit,” Patricia said. “I thought I wasn’t smart enough to
The Most Important WorkJeffrey R. Holland said, “The most important work we do in this life is in our homes with our families.”
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