BYU-Pathway Worldwide Devotional
“To Bear One Another's Burdens”
Let me provide a few examples of these righteous associations that occur at BYU-Pathway. First, we have recently added peer mentors to the powerful force of service missionaries and instructors supporting BYU-Pathway students. It is inspiring to see these 500 new peer mentors from over 60 countries reach out to students with love and support each week, serving each student as the Savior would.
Franco, a peer mentor, said this about working with his students: “I help my students by connecting with them first. I do this by empathizing with them and finding things in common. Then I ask open-ended questions and try to find cues in their responses to see what their problems really are. Sometimes they just need to be heard, sometimes I offer some advice, and other times I share a gospel principle.”
Daslie, a student, said this about working with her mentor: “Having a peer mentor is a great step toward your goal in BYU-Pathway. Working alone is good, but working with someone that encourages you in your future endeavors and gives you advice with things that you might not understand is much better. I know that whatever happens, she has got my back and I can succeed.”Another example of a community of disciples supporting one another is the hundreds of PathwayConnect gathering groups that congregate every year. As I have visited PathwayConnect gatherings across the world, I have been impressed by how meaningful the relationships are between students in their gatherings. They truly mourn, comfort, rejoice, and grow together. My sister, who just finished PathwayConnect last semester, told me that many tears were shed and contact information shared among students in her gathering group as their time together came to a close. The gathering is inspired of God to give students and missionaries an opportunity to “bear one another’s burdens that they may be light.”
I have personally been blessed by the many wonderful individuals I have known through BYU-Pathway. It has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to associate with the employees, volunteers, and students of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. Just one example of the many great people I’ve come to know through BYU-Pathway is my friend Hasina from Madagascar. I met Hasina when some members of my team and I visited Madagascar in January 2020. Hasina approached me and asked me if I would be willing to help him practice English. So we started sharing a WhatsApp call once a week. Now over three years later, Hasina and I have shared many, many calls. We have counseled together, taught one another, laughed together, cried together, and prayed together. I love my friend Hasina, and I am so grateful that he and all my BYU-Pathway friends are part of my mortal journey.
My friends, I am confident that Heavenly Father guided you to BYU-Pathway, not only to participate in the work of certificates and degrees but to participate in the lives of very specific people along the way. The teaching and learning you experience with these people will help you better understand and become like our Savior.May I conclude with two invitations? First, I invite you to contemplate the specific associations you have had with people through BYU-Pathway, to convey gratitude to Heavenly Father for them, and to directly express thanks this week to at least one person who has impacted your life at BYU-Pathway. Second, I invite you to see your BYU-Pathway experience as a divinely-appointed opportunity to support and be supported by others — to “bear one another’s burdens that they may be light.”
In the coming days, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone at BYU-Pathway, and I encourage you to make a special effort to look up and to reach out. I know that taking these opportunities moves you closer to becoming like our Savior Jesus Christ. May we all embrace the complete opportunity that is BYU-Pathway, to not only pursue certificates and degrees but to fulfill our covenants by lifting, strengthening, and supporting others wherever and whenever we can. This is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.