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Winter 2017 Issue



Red, White, and BYU

Meet six of the 6,000 BYU alumni and students who currently call the Washington, D.C., metro area home.


Bound by Loving Ties

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland passionately defends religion’s role in society—and laments what might be lost.



A Soft Answer

In every situation—even those that are packed with high emotion—we all have our agency to choose how to act.

First Person

Sweet Treat

For celebrations, surprises, or solace, ice cream earns its rep as students’ go-to indulgence.

Family Focus

A Wise Investment

By following basic financial principles, families can land big returns—in peace and joy.

At The Y

At the Y

Answering the Call

An infographic shows how the mission-age change changed BYU. Now those missionaries are home.

At the Y

2015–16 Faculty Retirees

Larry St. Clair is one of 55 BYU professors who retired last year. Bio 100 will never be the same. See who else is gone.

At the Y

Gaming the System

How the class Economics and Game Theory relates to marriage, nuclear war and The Princess Bride.

At the Y

3-D Printing 3-D Printers

Two mechanical engineering students have made a self-replicating machine. Make that machines.

At the Y

Nature of Nostalgia

Channeling Van Gogh’s work of the same name, The Potato Eaters exhibit considers nostalgia.

At the Y

Toward a Safer Campus

The results of the university’s sexual-assault study are in, and they are spurring changes to make campus safer.

At the Y

Quiet Courage

The George H. Brimhall essay-contest winner shows that bravery is not limited to grand achievements.

At the Y

Fearsome Forwards

One team, three conference players of the year, and the no. 3 scoring offense in the country.

Alumni News

Alumni News

An Enterprising Couple

The Academy for Creating Enterprise teaches poor RMs entrepreneurial skills.

Alumni News

A Life-Saving Story

BYU alumna shares her cancer scare, and years later, saves the life of another alum battling the same thing.

Alumni News

Putting On a Good Face

Blowing off ears or breaking noses is all in a day’s work for father-and-son Hollywood makeup artists.

Alumni News

Wheel Strong

Two BYU alumni helped bring more than 600 impaired veterans to Salt Lake City to compete in wheelchair games.

Alumni News

Believing in Seeing

After serving a mission in Cambodia, a BYU alum launched a program to help the poor get access to glasses.

Alumni News

Learning for Life

How alumni use their BYU education to serve their communities, neighbors, and families.

Alumni News

Knitting Smiles

With her own brand of bippity-boppity-boo, Holly Christensen is making kids battling cancer smile again.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Remembering LaVell Edwards

Three former players—Young, Holmoe, and Matich—offer tributes to the coaching legend.

Out of the Blue

Visualizing Impact

See earthquake destruction in Italy’s Apennine Mountains, courtesy professor Kevin Franke and his drones.

Out of the Blue

New-Light Special

With 183 LED lights embedded into Y Mountain, the Y is now lit with the flip of a switch on campus.

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Speaking to the World

Speaking in Arabic and talking about climate change, student addresses diplomats at the United Nations General Assembly.

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Expanded Views

Working for New York Daily News, intern Gianluca Cuestas was reminded of the resiliency of New York and America.

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Alena and the Chocolate Factory

From branding a new treat to conference calls in her pj's, Alena Helzer's internship gave her real-life experience.

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I Can Help

An Idaho farm boy, who speaks Arabic and worked with refugees on his mission, was in the right place at the right time.

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Uncovering a New Plan

After an injury forced her to let go of music, Hannah Lambert found a new passion: digging into history, literally.

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Making It Real

Student Adam Larsen is building a real algorithm for a real company with a real problem to be solved.

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Let the Games Begin

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Bryce Hawkey discovered the joy in serving others.

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Capturing Enduring Love

Alum Stephanie Jarstad photographs couples whose marriages have stood the test of time.

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Walk of Life

The MLK Walk of Life & Commemoration honors the sacrifices of Martin Luther King and others who fought for civil rights.