Nearly 9,000 BYU-Pathway Worldwide students, service missionaries, members, and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a historic broadcast in Mexico City on Sunday, September 17. This event marks the first time the Church Board of Education Executive Committee has gathered at an international location with BYU-Pathway students.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson , a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Church Board of Education, with other members of the Board, including Elder Ronald A. Rasband and President Camille N. Johnson , also participated in this historic event. BYU-Pathway President Brian K. Ashton conducted the devotional.
The event was broadcast live at byupathway.org/special-broadcast-LATAM to all of Spanish-speaking Latin America and other regions. More than 8,000 people viewed the broadcast on social media, with the most viewers in Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Ecuador. Nearly 800 attended in person at a multi-stake center in Mexico City.
President Camille N. Johnson, Relief Society General President, testified to students, “Your enrollment in BYU-Pathway is part of your advancement on your journey home to our loving Heavenly Father. You are becoming more like Him. I testify that the path to our heavenly home is available because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. … Jesus Christ is the strength of BYU-Pathway students.”
Elder Ronald A. Rasband, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke to current and future students of BYU-Pathway about the classroom — which, for them, are their homes, apartments, chapels, and gatherings — and challenged students to “stand and study in holy places,” including holy temples.
He said, “I bear my witness to you tonight, you need not be troubled in these days as you stand more frequently in holy places. In [BYU-Pathway], in Church education, we have the perfect opportunity to do this.”
Elder D. Todd Christofferson shared the purpose of education in preparing us for a better quality of life, for increased opportunities to serve, and for eternity. He invited students to include Heavenly Father in their education.
He said, speaking in Spanish, “The most important thing is that your Father in Heaven and Savior know you and they can give you heavenly help. Make God your partner.”
A recording of the event is available below.
About BYU-Pathway Worldwide
BYU-Pathway Worldwide was founded and is supported and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its mission is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in their homes, the Church, and their communities. Serving more than 61,000 students from 180 countries annually, BYU-Pathway Worldwide provides access to spiritually-based degrees completely online at a significantly reduced cost.
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Líderes de la Iglesia se reúnen en la Ciudad de México para una histórica reunión de BYU-Pathway Worldwide