Gospel the focus of Education Week

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    By JENNIFER ROBINSON

    From financial planning to music classes, Campus Education Week will be religiously-based.

    Conference participants will not attend any classes that do not have gospel application, background or context, said Neil Carlile, director of Campus Education Week.

    Many classes are offered that deal specifically with gospel topics, Carlile said.

    “All courses are just bathed in the gospel. That’s the attraction of Campus Education Week,” he said.

    According to the Education Week Web Site, “The quest for ‘light and truth’ is a personal challenge about which modern prophets have given encouragement.”

    The Web Site also includes a statement from President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    “The Lord has laid a mandate upon the people of this church that they should learn by study and by faith, that they should seek not only after spiritual knowledge, which is most important, but that they should seek after secular knowledge,” President Hinckley said.

    Carlile said one of the most popular Education Week classes among BYU students is “Choosing a Marriage Partner.”

    Brent Barlow, associate professor of family sciences, said his class will emphasize the gospel first, but will also provide other tools for individuals to use when choosing a marriage partner.

    “God can’t steer a parked car,” Barlow said.

    He said his class will incorporate gospel principles as he teaches participants skills to choose a marriage partner wisely.

    “The Lord will prepare the way, but he won’t do it for you,” Barlow said.

    Carlile said most people attend the conference for religious classes that focus on LDS Church doctrine and history. However, a variety of over 1,000 classes are offered during the week, he said.

    A class schedule is posted on the Campus Education Week Web Site at www.byu.edu/edweek.

    Many of this year’s conference speakers are from BYU’s religion department.

    Campus Education Week is jointly sponsored by the Church Educational System and BYU.

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