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"One of the most distinctive characteristics of Brigham Young University is our proud affirmation
"BYU has no justification for its existence unless it builds character, develops faith, and makes men
In a freshman sociology class, my professor, Reed H. Bradford, told us of an experience that changed his life forever. You might expect this story to be told in a religion class, but Brigham Young University has a mission statement that sets it apart from other universities. Here's an excerpt from that statement:
"The mission of [BYU] is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.
Before he earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and before he began teaching at BYU, Reed Bradford was called to serve a mission in Germany for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The year was 1933, just when Adolf Hitler began his reign of power.
A year into his mission he encountered a large crowd of people standing in formation. He approached the crowd to discover what was happening; suddenly, a voice from a loudspeaker shouted, "heil Hitler ... heil Hitler!" Everyone in the crowd directed their gaze to a swastika flying from a flagpole, and all commenced giving the Nazi salute. Reed immediately realized that he was the only person in the crowd that was not saluting.
Two men in uniform approached him, and asked why he had failed to raise his hand to honor Hitler. As Bradford tried to answer, someone violently struck him from behind and he buckled to the ground. Looking up, he saw the most hate-filled human beings staring down at him. The men began beating him, when a commanding voice ordered, "He's not German, he's an American."
The beating stop. Bradford later discovered that the man who gave the command was the district leader of the Gestapo, the German secret police. This leader took Reed to a car and drove him home. While driving, the man proceeded to chastise:
"You stupid moron!" he shouted, "how dare you insult the greatest man living, the Fuehrer of the German people, the one who will one day conquer the world! Why have you come here anyway?"
This question raised by the Gestapo leader caused him to do much serious soul-searching. Two years passed, and a cablegram arrived informing him that his mother had suffered a severe heart attack and that doctors say she would not live much longer. After serving three years in Germany, Reed Bradford returned home to Spanish Fork, Utah. He arrived ten days before his mother died.
But before leaving Germany, Professor Bradford visited a quiet place where he could be alone, a place surrounded by pretty flowers and trees. He prayed: "What should now be the main goal of my life?" A beautiful thought came to him; a thought expressed in a particular passage of scripture:
"Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not. Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and
In that moment, Reed Bradford felt to make a personal commitment to Christ: he felt to faithfully strive to love as the Savior loved, and to learn the ways of Christ -- specifically, he felt to learn the principles that governed the life of Jesus Christ.
Amid a world of sprawling complexity, the simplicity of Christ's teachings shine through. The principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are plain and simple. Plainness is the opposite of complexity, and complexity is what often characterizes academic pursuits. Professor Bradford shared this far-reaching idea in my freshman Sociology 101 class at BYU:
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom expands;
Being true to the spiritual imperative he received on his mission, as well as honoring the mission statement of BYU, professor Bradford began all his classes by teaching students of the things that matter most. Afterwhich, he would teach the topics of sociology. On a number of occasions throughout the semester, professor Bradford would recite from memory a poem that he wrote entitled "The Journey." This poem expresses the reason why we have come here!
This story is based on Professor Reed H. Bradford's telling of his experiences in my sociology 101 class.
After coaching my three sons through Junior Jazz basketball, they were eager to make their Jr. High basketball team. But when my oldest son didn't make the team, and then my second son also failed, I decided to encourage them into a sport where anyone who wants to participate, can participate; where winning can be measured against one's own personal best; a sport that can be done for a lifetime -- long distance running.
I remember how Gerry Lindgren of Washington State absolutely destroyed the competition, lapping the field more than once to win the 6 mile race. I thought, "this is something I can do" (but not as fast). I eventually got involved in running week-end road races -- 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and 26.2 mile marathons. And because I had success in running road races, I signed up my sons for their first 5K race -- and the rest is history.
Distance Running was a perfect fit for my sons. Even though running requires a lot of dedication and hard work, my sons took to it like fish in water. After running for Timp View High, all three of my sons made the UVU cross country team.
Matt Moody and his three running sons: Daniel, Derick, and Devin
Very first 5k Road Race with my sons!
I weighed myself while holding these T-Shirts, then did the subtraction: 20 pounds of Running T-Shirts.
Along with watching Gerry Lindgren win the 6 mile race in the 1966 NCAA Track & Field Championships, I was
also inspired to get involved in running due to the example of my older brother, Dr. M. Lyman Moody.
I successfully passed this running heritage on to my three sons!
Every day I live, I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given,
Timpview High Cross Country Team
Running taught me valuable lessons.
Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage... It is
Utah Valley University Cross Country Team
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
Who is happier?
Danny Moody running at the BYU Track
Dirty Dash 2014: running 6.2 miles, along with conquering dozens of obstacles:
The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny... If we want to
Coach Devin Moody and the Corner Canyon High School Cross Country Team
Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken,
Coach Daniel Moody and the Provo High School Cross Country Team
To be a hero means you step across the line and are willing to make a
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Derick Moody running up Santaquin Peak
You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff,
With patience and persistence, even the smallest act of discipleship or the tiniest ember of
Danny and Devin running in the Grand Canyon
Anything you dream can be yours simply by focusing on
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being
Ragnar Relay 2007: 200 mile relay race that begins on Friday and ends on Saturday,
Every year the BYU Men's X-Country Team wins the Ragnar Relay - Wasatch Back
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
We must get away from the idea that
Here then is a great truth. In the pain, the agony, and
Ragnar Relay 2013: 200 mile relay race that begins at sunset and runs thru the night,
Until a person can say deeply and honestly, 'I am what I am today because of the choices
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think,
Derick doing a training run at the BYU Track with 2016 Olympic hopeful Jordan Hasay
Two great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are first, hard work;
I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
The greatest thing to come out of your hard work isn't what you
Danny Moody with 2-time Olympian Ryan Hall
Don't make the kinds of mistakes that will bring regret... You can be wise and happy,
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.
We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world... There are real dangers when
We have a choice: there is the opinion of the world with its ever-changing theories
Devin Moody, directing an Art History Excursion in San Francisco
Try not to become a man of success,
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking
Self-Betrayal defiles our sensitivity toward others; and distorts the way we perceive;
Wedding Announcement for Derick and Aubree
Wedding at the Salt Lake Temple
At the Finish Line: Devin and Harley
October 31, 2015 the UVU Men and Women both won Team Championships
Wedding at the Draper Utah Temple
Birth of 1st Child for:
My 1st Grandchild: 20 minutes out of the womb
Aliya C. Moody at 5 Months
I am sure that in estimating a person's value either in private or public life,
Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day...
At my oldest Danny Moody's Wedding
Stay out of the JAR and you will go far
When you're in the BRIAR you're a liar!
I REPAIR my thinking about the Truth
You MUST use TUMS or your Teaching will be SMUT
A Joyful Resurrection Requires Baptism and getting WET
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