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John Tanner

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June 27, 2020
May we learn and practice compassion and courage. These virtues will help us become more like Christ0—which is, as John Milton says, the ultimate purpose of education. The “end” of learning is, Milton writes, is “to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to become like him” ( Of Education). May your education help you to become like Christ in courage and compassion.
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May 12, 2020
Now, after all these years of trying to steer by the stars, I come to my journey’s end a president and professor. This is my last port of call as an educator. “Home is the sailor, home from the sea.” I leave confident that BYU–Hawaii will sail on, ably guided by a new helmsman who takes the helm at a difficult time when the University is sailing in uncharted waters.
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January 23, 2020
To see our lives through God’s eyes is to see with 20/20 spiritual vision.
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December 13, 2019
It is now my privilege to address the graduates. This is a joyful, happy time for you graduates, your families, and the whole university as we rejoice and celebrate together.
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September 10, 2019
Our devotional today is intentionally temple-themed in honor of the centennial anniversary of our beloved temple, which was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1919.
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June 29, 2019
Today I want to talk to you about seeing and believing. We often say that “seeing is believing.” In the spiritual realm, however, the reverse is also true: “believing is seeing.” Believing helps us see things with our spiritual eyes and senses.
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May 06, 2019
President John S. Tanner & Sister Susan W. Tanner
President and Wife of BYU–Hawaii

May 06, 2019
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April 20, 2019
It is now my privilege to offer the graduates a message. This is never an easy task. As Senator Bob Dole once quipped: “Being a commencement speaker is like being the corpse at a funeral. They need you in order to hold the event, but nobody expects you to say very much.” So I shall be brief.
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January 15, 2019
John S. Tanner
University President

January 15, 2019
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