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MARCH 6, 2014

Volume 106: Issue 8

Ke Alaka i THE LEADER

Eternal Families: Lily Tang shares her conversion 6

Mission tips: What a future missionary needs to know 10

Preparing to sail: Iosepa set to launch next semester 14


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The YSA 1st & 2nd Stakes will be holding a Two Day Dance with a live D.J. from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Aloha Center Ballroom. Standards will be enforced. Collared shirts for men, no slippers. Women should wear a dress. Come out to support the women’s softball team and both the men and women’s tennis teams. Softball will take on Notre Dame de Namur at noon and 2 p.m. in a double header at the BYUH softball field. Catch

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Riots continue in Venezuela Thousands of citizens have been lining the streets of Venezuela since the beginning of February in angry protests against the Venezuelan government. According to CNN, the protests in Venezuela began with Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan politician and economist. “Lopez was arrested in connection with the deaths of four anti-government protesters and a government supporter in clashes nationwide.” The protests aren’t only the result of Lopez’s actions. According to the Associated Press, they are combination of extreme inflation, lack of basic goods, cheap gas prices, murder and violence, and questions about the recent election results. In an interview with the Latin Post, Albany Alvarado, a student at a University in Venezuela, said, “We are tired of the government trampling and repressing our own future. There is a shortage of prod-

the men and women’s tennis teams as they take on Hilo from 2 to 4 p.m. at the BYUH tennis courts. MAR

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The North Shore Symphonic Winds & BYUH Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Aloha Center Ballroom from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Executive Director, Dr. David Kammerer and Music Director, Ernest Taniguchi will host the event. Admission is free, along with parking. Children under the age of eight are discouraged to attend.

ucts like flour, chicken, milk, and sugar. Even today the supermarket remains empty.” According to Rueters, the death count in Venezuela has reached 13 people, mainly students, and over 150 people have been injured. More than 500 people have been charged over the unrests but only 45 have been kept behind bars. The Venezuelan government has been censoring the media both viewed and created from Venezuelan citizens, making it difficult to spread the word about the protests. Many citizens are relying on Venezuelans in the U.S. and internationally, using smartphone walkie-talkie apps to communicate to the outside world of the situation in Venezuela. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said in the Miami Herald blog, “The world must wake up to what’s happening in Venezuela as the government’s unprecedented wave of repression is beating, jailing and even killing innocent Venezuelans, particularly its young people.” Current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has voiced his disapproval at the United State’s support and continued coverage of the protests. - em ily h alls

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The Week In

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“I’ve lost everything that’s important to me, and still, I can forgive. I can forgive. One must forgive.”

-June Steenkamp, the mother of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead by Olympic amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, said in a television interview following a day in court.

“It seems to me (Ukraine) is gradually stabilizing. We have no enemies in Ukraine. Ukraine is a friendly state.” -Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said concerning the invasion of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Let us open our hearts and open our minds and open our souls to the spirit here today...I think it important that we feel close to our Heavenly Father on this special day. -Thomas S. Monson, president of the LDS Church,

said at the dedication of the Gilbert Arizona Temple on Sunday, March 2.

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SAC Representatives’ active role in voicing student;s opinions

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Conversion Spotlight: Lily Tang

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Called to Ser ve: Prepar ing f or the mission

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Iosepa set to sail next semester

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In an interview with the university newsroom, Carston Feigleson, a senior studying supply chain in operations management, said, “I really like that you can plan your classes around your own needs, so if you have to reserve a particular time of the day for a break or work, the schedule planner can help you come up with that schedule.”

Our purpose is to make campus life better by opening dialogue between students and administration on a variety of issues.

Inside BYUHSA

-Nathan Cunningham

The advisory council also revamped the student employment system to simplify the process for students to be hired, and helped stop the towing of cars to establish a process of ticketing that both security and students understand. The advisory council also responded lthough BYUHSA is always working on campus-based projects to issues in the new Hales regarding needed appliances such as microand events, there are still students who are unaware of what waves and refrigerators. responsibilities the presidency and six different areas within the SAC conducted financial aid forums to prepare both domesorganization hold. Each area within BYUHSA has two vice presidents, tic and international students to qualify and understand scholarship several executive directors, and is always open to volunteers. opportunities. SAC also organized a forum for the selection of a new The BYU-Hawaii Student Advisory Council (SAC) has SLAS director. The council similarly conducted a survey of over 300 played an important role in representing the student’s voice throughparticipants to discover opportunities for improvement with new out the campus and community this past academic year. According to student orientation and sat in on hiring boards for new counseling the BYUHSA charter, the purpose of SAC is to provide, “resources to services employees and the new security director. advise the university on student issues and concerns.” All students are encouraged to get involved in BYUHSA. Currently serving as senior vice president of SAC, Nathan Each semester there are various leadership positions open and plenty Cunningham a business management major from Texas, said, “Our of opportunities to serve. Questions and concerns can always be purpose is to make campus life better by opening dialogue between shared directly with any member of BYUHSA by going into their students and administration on a variety of issues. One way we do office or emailing the respective area vice presidents. that is by providing student representatives for university committees For more information on BYUHSA and to view the schedand councils.” ule of upcoming events visit: student.byuh.edu/byuhsa/ With help from other departments on campus, SAC was -Gre g Erickson active in addressing different needs around the university. The council answered students’ concerns by restructuring the admissions process Above: Vice President of SAC, Nathan Cunningham, says that resulted in a new student portal and a team that periodically SAC’s purpose is to make campus life better by opening reviews its functionality. communication between students and administrators.

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From left to right: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto pose with their 13 1/2 inch tall statuettes.

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elevision icon Ellen Degeneres stole the show as she hosted the 2014 Oscars, which was broadcasted live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 2, revealing some surprising wins, as well as some first times nominees, and outstanding acceptance speeches. As expected, Degeneres had the whole audience laughing within the first 15 seconds. “Welcome to the Oscars,” said Degeneres, “For those of you watching around the world, it has been a tough couple of days here. It has been raining. We’re fine, thank you for your prayers.” The laughs continued on for the rest of the night as Degeneres collected money from the celebrities to order pizza, went through several costume changes—from black to white to a fairy— and finally taking a selfie with a large number of the nominees. Degeneres quickly tweeted the picture, writing, “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars.” According to The Warp, the Twitter page crashed as Degeneres pushed 1.8 million retweets. Degeneres wasn’t the only one making history however, as first time nominee, June Squibb, is the oldest actress nominated for the Oscars. At age 84, Squibb would have made history as the oldest winner in any acting category had she won “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”. The award was instead given to another first time nominee, Lupita Nyong’o, who was brought to tears

accepting the award for her role in 12 Years a Slave. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said Nyong’o through her grateful tears. One of the most shocking winners was “Best Actress in a Leading Role” awarded to Cate Blanchett for her role in Blue Jasmine. Blanchett was up against Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and San-

dra Bullock. Although members of the public have expressed their disagreement with the winning selection, Blanchett had the whole audience cheering and laughing from the very second she began her acceptance speech.“Sit down, you’re too old to be standing!” Blanchett exclaimed. Blanchett’s speech wasn’t the only memorable one, however. Matthew McConaughey, awarded Best Actor in a Leading Role, was one of the few to thank God in his acceptance speech. “First off I want to thank God,” said McConaughey, “because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Lawton who said, ‘If you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend,’ and that friend is you.” (Information taken from Oscars.go.com)

- Makaila Be rge son

2014 Oscar Winners Best Picture Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Animated Feature Best Costume Design Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Best Film Editing/ Directing Best Foreign Language Film Best Makeup and Hairstyling Best Original Score Best Original Song Best Production Design Best Animated Short Film Best Live Action Short Film Best Sound Editing/Mixing Best Visual Effects/ Cinematography Best Adapted Screenplay Best Original Screenplay

12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey Cate Blanchett Jared Leto Lupita Nyong’o Frozen The Great Gatsby 20 Feet from Stardom The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Gravity The Great Beauty Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Let It Go - Frozen The Great Gatsby Mr. Hublot Helium Gravity Gravity 12 years a slave Her march 6, 2014

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Lily Tang studies for class on the BYUH campus. After bearing her testimony to her family about the standards of the university, they let her attend although they are not members. Photo by Kelsie Carlson

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Lily Tang C onvers i on sparked by the promise of eternal families

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s a bold and passionate young woman, Lily Tang, a junior in social work from Hong Kong, faced tragedy and heartache at an early age, but has turned to the Gospel for solace and fortification. After three and a half years of being a member, Tang shares her inspiring conversion story. At the tender age of eighteen, Tang began contemplating the mysteries of life, wondering who she was and where she was going after this life. She was at a standstill and had to make decisions that would affect the outcome of the rest of her life. A close friend of Tang discovered a free English speaking class taught by Mormon missionaries and extended the invitation to join the class. They both went having no expectations. After attending the first class, the missionaries approached them and asked if they had a few minutes to hear a message. Tang and her friend accepted and listened to the missionaries’ lesson on the Restoration of the Gospel. “I was just shaking my head the entire time. I didn’t believe it at all. I thought ‘No. No. No. There’s no way.’” Tang thought that the elders were “nuts,” declined their invitation to see them further, and stopped going to the class. Six months later, Tang’s brother committed suicide when he jumped off of their building’s rooftop. This tragedy, paired with her father’s passing, made Tang question what the point of life was. “I wondered ‘Why would God do this to me? What am I even doing here?’” Tang said. “Sometimes I would cry because I thought that no one would remember my name after my own death.” After six months of no contact—a few days after her brother’s passing—the missionaries called Tang out of the blue. They asked her if she was still interested in English classes. Tang accepted. The timing was perfect, said Tang. At their meeting, the missionaries mentioned that families can be together forever and that sparked an interest in Tang. They set another appointment and discussed the plan of salvation during it. This message really struck her and Tang believed that it was true. The missionaries gave her a Book of Mormon and challenged her to read it. Three weeks later, Tang was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. Becoming a member has changed Tang’s life. A year after her conversion, she went on a church-service mission during the summer with the sister missionaries assigned to her home ward. Tang’s testimony of family is still strong although she is the

only member of the Church in her family. Tang feels as though her family has grown closer after her conversion. “Although we’re in different parts of the world, my family and I are closer than ever. There are still difficulties, but we work on them. I can’t wait to graduate and go back to be with them.” Tang’s conversion still had a fair share of resistance. “Many people told me that I was being brainwashed and that I should leave the Church. But I didn’t cave into their pressure.” When she applied to BYU-Hawaii, her family members were angry with her but she quickly bore her testimony to them and explained that it was a church university that upheld high standards. After her heartfelt testimony, she gained the undivided support of her family. Converting to the church has not been easy, said Tang, but it has been worth it. “Before converting, hanging out with my friends meant drinking and partying. After I stopped doing the things they did, a lot of them stopped talking to me, but the real ones have stuck with me,” said Tang. “If I didn’t join the Church, I would be just like them and I don’t want to be that kind of person. Ever since I converted, I’ve seen God’s tender mercies and blessings in my life. I really know that He knows and loves me.” -Le slie Owu su

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iscussing the difference between being born a member of the the best they possibly can. For some, that’s by being born members, LDS Church or being converted to the gospel, BYU-Hawaii and others its to be converts.” students said each person has to gain their own testimony no matter Tim Reissen, a freshman majoring in art from Utah, said he what was their introduction thought even though converts to the gospel. While some enter into church membersupported one way of finding ship with an enthusiastic the church over another, stutestimony of the gospel due dents said gaining a testimoto the recent and significant ny is what matters. events that had taken place Camry Bennion, an in their lives, he said he undeclared freshman from thinks being born into the Virginia said, “It doesn’t church is better. Reissen said matter if you were born into being born into the church, the church or not. It’s only members “for the most part if your heart is converted.” have their families’ support.” Bennion said neither converts Brittany Dyer, a or members since birth have freshman studying exercise an upper hand on the other. and sports science from “Some people born members California, said she believes take the church for granted, being a convert to the church and some converts join for can be better. Dyer said the the wrong reason,” Bennion sacrifices of the converts said. and the hard decisions they Agreeing with Benmake give converts a much nion, Christopher J. Anaya, a stronger testimony. “Being a sophomore studying business convert would be a lot harder management from Texas also because you have to give up said neither are better. Anaya a lot more,” Dyer said. said he believes “the gospel Mckenzie Evans, a is a blessing on both sides,” sophomore studying exercise and he went on to say “God and sports science from Utah, gives certain experiences agreed with Dyer by saying, for specific people so that “In a way, I feel being a they can become the best Sacred ordinances like the baby blessing, top, and baptism, pictured above, convert would be better.” are accessible to all worthy members, regardless instrument possible in God’s Evans said people born in the of how they join. Photos Courtesy of LDS.org hands.” church do not always fully Because of this, Anaya said he believes neither being a know what the world is like and may want to experience the things convert or being born into the church is better “because God puts of the world. She said however, converts already know what the world everyone in their situations to help them and mold them to become is like and they want nothing to do with it. -J EFF FACER

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Experience Jerusalem

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ith a breathtaking view of the old city and the chance to live where Jesus lived, the BYU Jerusalem Center allows students the opportunity to study abroad, to witness first-hand the historical city, and to interact with people from many different faiths. Students who attended the Jerusalem center said it was worth every penny. Kilee Fairbanks, a BYU-Hawaii alumna from Salt Lake City, Utah who majored in graphic design, attended the BYU Jerusalem Center. “There are so many cool experiences to be had at the Jerusalem Center,” said Fairbanks. “I learned so much and got to study Bible stories in the places they happened. It really put the stories into perspective for me.” But no experience in Jerusalem had more of an impact, Fairbanks said, than meeting a Holocaust survivor. “Meeting the Holocaust survivor was an amazing experience. He showed me the tattoo they gave him and we got to have dinner at his house,” Fairbanks continued. “He also showed us pictures of his family that had died. It was really touching.” Not every student was able to meet a Holocaust survivor, but Denise Burnett, a BYUH alumna who majored in international cultural studies, said, “A big testimony builder for me was attending the Palm Sunday festival, where thousands of people came together and walked the path that Christ walked. People were happy, singing and celebrating together. It was a great thing to be a part of.” Burnett felt that the Palm Sunday festival was an uplifting and unifying experience. “I loved most how we all worshiped in different ways but could come together with such a love for Christ.” At the Jerusalem Center, students are not only surrounded by other religiously devout students, but also hundreds of thousands of Christians, Jews, and Muslims devoted to their respective religions as well. Becca Gulden, another BYUH alumna, said the Muslim call to prayer was incredibly powerful—an experience she remembers most vividly from her time in the Middle East. “I loved the call to prayer because it was beautiful and reminded me to pray just as often, which was five times a day. Being submerged in a place where committed religious people gather together definitely added to my testimony.” -Sam Sprin g

Students at the BYU Jerusalem Center study in the heart of the Holy city of Jerusalem, and visit the sacred religious sites like the Garden Tomb, top, and the Dome of the Rock, third down. Photos by Becca Gulden

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CALLED AND READY TO S E RV E Insight on preparing for the field

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Ana Mendoza proudly displays her mission call outside the Laie Hawaii Temple. Mendoza was called to serve in Morristown, New Jersey. Photo by Kelsie Carlson

fter the missionary age change was announced at the 2012 October General Conference Session, more missionaries continue to prepare to serve. Faculty and students at BYU-Hawaii have advice for those preparing to serve and what a blessing sharing the Gospel with others can be. “Learn how to do hard things,” suggested Elder Dennis Wright, a mission prep professor from Utah. “That can be studying, that can be service, that can be through work, that can be through overcoming your weaknesses.” Wright retold the words of a friend and General Authority of the Church who spoke about the increased number of missionaries coming home early from their missions. “He explained how one of the big things that missionaries face, is that they just don’t know how to work—that they’ve never done hard things. Then he reminded the parents that missionary work is very difficult. It’s full of disappointment. It’s physically demanding, it’s emotionally demanding and it requires the best effort a missionary can give.” Wright further explained that “pre-missionaries” need to learn how to work, deal with disappoint and frustration, and learn to be independent. “Nothing is more sad than for an elder or sister to come home feeling like they’re failures,” said Wright. In his mission prep class, Wright is doing his best to teach the students these con-

cepts. Ammon Shaner, a freshman in film from Iowa, is currently in Wright’s mission prep class, and is preparing to serve a mission in the fall. Shaner shared that, aside from taking the mission prep class, he is teaching Sunday school, going on splits with the missionaries, and saving his money in order to prepare for a mission. Shaner said teaching Sunday school and helping the missionaries teach discussions has helped prepare him for a mission. “Teaching is the best way to learn. You learn more about yourself and where your strengths and weaknesses are.” He also emphasized familiarizing oneself with the basics of the gospel so it’s easier to share. “The Gospel is a great thing and I want to be able to share it with as many people as I can,” said Shaner. “If Christ gave us His life, then why can’t we give Him two years to serve and help gather His sheep?” Janell Richardson, a junior studying exercise and sport science from Arizona, recently returned from her mission. She echoed Shaner’s statement about those questioning whether or not to serve. “I just think that a lot of girls, in particular, have a hard time because it’s a big decision. But, when you think about it, you’re never going to regret going,” said Richardson. “You could easily regret not going, but you’ll never regret going.”

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A Symbol of Faith Th e Temp le s t an d s t all in the gathe rin g pl ac e of Laie

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ince its dedication in 1919, the Laie Hawaii Temple has stood as a spiritual symbol in the Pacific and to the students and community members of Laie. At the time of its construction, the church had no temples outside of the continental United States. President Joseph F. Smith saw the need for a temple in Polynesia and saw Laie as the perfect place to further church progression in the Pacific. When the Prophet Joseph F. Smith came to Hawaii in the spring of 1915 for business, he had a strong impression to dedicate the land that was then the church-owned Laie Plantation as a site for a temple. Laie is known as “the Gathering Place,” and the land was prepared for a special purpose. According to planning.byuh.edu, Joseph F. Smith said of Laie in 1885, “Do not leave this land, for it is the land chosen by God as a gathering place for the saints in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Hawaiian Islands as well as in the islands of the sea.” President Smith spoke directly to the community of Laie, and said, “Do not complain because of the trials which have come upon you… Be patient, for the day will come when this desolate land will become a land of beauty. And here will the spirit of the Lord brood over his saints who love and keep His laws and commandments.” President Smith encouraged members to prepare for the changing times ahead. “Therefore do not go backward. Work with patience, persevere, stand firm and keep the commandments… and you shall receive blessings of the spirit, and of the body which will compensate you for the present trials and those that have passed.”

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From start to finish, the temple construction was full of miracles. According to ldschurchtemples.com, “Construction of the Laie Hawaii Temple came to a standstill when the supply of lumber ran out. Prayers were uttered, and two days later, a freighter was discovered stranded on a nearby coral reef. The captain offered his entire cargo to the saints if they would unload it for him. His cargo? Lumber—enough to complete the temple.” This small miracle allowed for the temple to be completed, which was dedicated on November 27, 1919 by Prophet Heber J. Grant. It was the 5th operating temple in church history. The temple stands adjacent to BYUH campus and has served the students and LDS community members of Laie since its dedication. The Laie Hawaii Temple has undergone two major renovations, one in 1978 and the other in 2010. The temple was rededicated both times. After the Laie Hawaii Temple was dedicated, the First Presidency said in a statement, “The Latter-day Saint population in Hawaii and the Pacific was not large in 1915, but the Lord had his eye upon this special part of the vineyard. A gathering place had been established.” The community was praised for their faith and sacrifices by President Grant, who said, “Local members were deeply involved in the leadership of the Church and the Church had advanced as far as it could go... Add to this the special love President Joseph F. Smith held in his heart for the Hawaiians and their cousins of Polynesia and it is easy to understand why the Lord saw fit to bestow such a remarkable blessing in this little place.”

-Emily Halls

The Prophet Joseph F. Smith felt inspired to dedicate the former Laie Plantation as the future site of the temple, which is where it sits today. Photo courtesy BYUH archives.


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s the majority of the students at BYU-Hawaii are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they share a common bond with other members of the church worldwide. It seems as though they can spot one another by their smiles, the way they dress, or even by someone’s name. Yet how familiar are members with each other in a not-so-casual or obvious setting? Most members know Mitt Romney, but how about Grant Hill? No, not the former member of the Canadian Parliament for Macleod, but a another member nonetheless. Members claim the Osmond family as one of their own, but did you know Ryan Raddon, also known as Kaskade, the Grammy Award winning DJ is a member of the Church? When asked which “famous Mormons” first come to mind, Brooke Rohner, an exercise science major and junior from California, named a few of her favorite famous Mormons, “Mitt Romney, Steve Young, the Osmonds, and a younger Ryan Gosling.” Hannah Higginson, a sophomore from Huntington Beach, Calif., said, “Let’s just say I’m kind of in to ‘The Mitt.’” There are certain indicators that make famous members of the church stick out like a sore thumb. Athletes like Shawn Bradley and Mark Madsen put their athletic careers on hold to serve a two-year mission for the Church. Others, like Jimmer Fredette, Steve Young and Bryce Harper chose not to serve missions, deciding that representing the church in the media would be their “mission” for the church. “What I say is, ‘I try to be the best walking Book of Mormon as I can,’” said Bryce Harper. Bryce Harper was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012 with the Washington Nationals. Although he isn’t one of the more advertised members of the church, he is still a practicing member. Whether it is sports, popular entertainment, or social media outlets, members of the church are in the spotlight and representing the church in new ways.

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Take this quiz to test your knowledge of famous members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Circle the name of the famous celebrity who is a member of the church.

ENTERTAINMENT 1. A. Ben Stiller B. Zooey Deschanel C. John Heder D. Will Smith

SPORTS 5. A. Chad Lewis B. John Stockton C. Derek Jeter D. Brett Farve

2. A. Glenn Beck B. Christian Bale C. Morgan Freeman D. Tom Cruise

6. A. Andy Roddick B. Andrew Luck C. Haloti Ngata D. Anthony Davis

MUSIC

POLITICS

3. A. Shania Twain B. Snoop Dog C. Mike Jones D. David Archuleta

7. A. Jeff Flake B. George Bush C. Condoleezza Rice D. John Boehner

4. A. Lil Wayne B. Brandon Flowers C. Paul McCartney D. Beastie Boys

8. A. John McCain B. Jack Bauer C. Colin Powell D. Rob Bishop

ANSWERS: 1) C; 2) A; 3) D; 4) B; 5) A; 6) C; 7) A; 8) D

Members of the church in the public eye

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L essons o f the I osepa C anoe Students make ready to sail with new skills and understanding

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fter almost two years, Hawaiian studies students will once again sail the Iosepa canoe to the other Hawaiian islands to give service and use the skills they have learned in the classroom, according to the Hawaiian studies department. Malama Kai, which is Hawaiian for “sea responsibility,” is a class and lab at BYU-Hawaii. It is the Hawaiian Studies class that teaches students how to prepare and sail the Iosepa canoe. Students will travel on the Iosepa this summer. The preparation includes visits to the Hawaiian village of the PCC twice a week to re-sand, re-varnish and epoxy the Iosepa. The 57-foot, double-hulled traditional-style voyager has been taken apart to be worked on and will take 12-14 students, along with a few faculty, to sail the canoe between the islands for about four weeks of Summer A Semester. The students scheduled to sail have already studied the Hawaiian language and Malama Aina, land responsibility, courses to help with the work in the communities they will visit. Hawaiian Studies Professor Richard Walk said, “We like to perform service for the community and teach them about the wa’a [canoe] and about BYUH. It’s a good opportunity to represent what we are about to other communities as we go around.” He said the places they have been have always welcomed them back because students left such a good impression. Walk added the Iosepa crew seeks to leave each place they visit better than when they arrived.

Left: Students sand and clean parts of the Iosepa canoe for their voyage this summer. Above: Prepping the Iosepa for sail teaches students about themselves and their abilities, says Hawaiian Studies Professor Richard Walk. Photos by Monica Rubalcava

Former Director of Hawaiian Studies, William Kauaiwi‘ulaokalani Wallace III, said, “It’s equally important to know where you came from and why you’re here. The canoe symbolizes the journey we all must take.” Walk also said the Iosepa canoe allows students to “learn about themselves and their abilities and the abilities that they thought were beyond the boundaries that they thought they could cross.” The students said through the work they have done on the Iospea, they have learned more about life. Isaac Runnels, a junior in Hawaiian Studies from Hawaii, said, “Working with the Iosepa has also taught me the importance and value of hard work, cooperation, and critical thinking in solving various problems that we encounter.” Runnels continued, “I am looking forward to sharing the life-long lessons that we will gain as we sail on this unique and sacred wa’a. These are the stories that my children hear and will continue to hear from me as they grow up.” Walk shared a story about when the former crew went to the island of Molokai. He said the Iosepa crew visited the inside of the Father Damien Church at the original site of the leper colony, Kalawao. The crew sat and sang the song, “Secret Prayer” in Hawaiian. He said the spirit was strong and they knew the deceased patients who had visited the church during their earthly lives to find hope and solace in God were there as angels singing with them. -Lau re n Ste imle

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Who’s your

FAVORITE

Book of Mormon character? Melissa Merrill from Utah Senior in Anthropology “My favorite Book of Mormon person is Ammon. He didn’t go out and outrightly tell the people about the church and tell the people what they should do, but showed it rather, and he converted the king of the people.”  

Yury Zavala from Alabama Senior in Psychology “King Benjamin is my favorite Book of Mormon character because he demonstrated that a true leader works alongside the people.”

Tenika Ray from Utah Sophomore in Communication “My favorite Book of Mormon character is probably Alma the Younger, because I love his story of repentance. It shows that no matter how far you might fall, you can always get back up.” Seth Wayne from Arizona Junior in Biology “Captain Moroni. That’s because in the scriptures he’s described as, that if every person were like Captain Moroni, the very foundation of hell would be destroyed, crack, crumble. One of the things that really counts towards that is he is in war, and he’s going to have to kill people and destroy others. Even Nephi had a problem with that, but he is so righteous that we know he doesn’t delight in the shedding of blood, that he only fights to defend himself.”

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Kaite Naea from American Samoa Senior in Sociology “My favorite is Ammon because he’s bold and he’s a good example of a missionary.”

Rocky Woo from Hong Kong Sophomore in Oil Painting

BYU-Hawaii Students share their favorite characters from the Book of Mormon. The stories of these characters inspired them throughout their lives.

“My favorite character in the Book of Mormon is Captain Moroni. One of the scripture verses says that all the things he does is because of the glory of God and also because of the freedom of his people. He always does things for other people instead of thinking of himself. He’s so smart, and he knows how to fight, and he knows the Gospel very well. That’s why I like him.” - Rebec c a Sabalone s


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