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The Honor Code and Coming Unto Christ

President Meredith speaking at his inauguration at BYU-Idaho

By President Alvin F. Meredith III

The following excerpts are from a devotional address given on September 12, 2023, by President Alvin F. Meredith III.

On August 24, the Church Board of Education made significant updates to the Honor Code Dress and Grooming Standards at BYU-Idaho. These changes, now known as the Church Educational System Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations, have sparked excitement. However, beyond the excitement of dress code adjustments, it is crucial to remember our preeminent purpose at BYU-Idaho: to develop disciples of Jesus Christ. The Honor Code, including the Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations, plays a vital role in achieving this purpose.

Building Spiritual Muscles to Become Covenant Keepers

Making and keeping covenants is a fundamental part of our mortal journey, and those actions lead to eternal blessings. The Honor Code teaches us to deepen our faith and maintain gospel standards, ultimately helping us become covenant keepers. Making and keeping covenants is part of the test of this life and is also the path to eternal blessings.

“When lived in the right spirit, the Honor Code helps us become more like Jesus Christ and helps us to draw closer to Him.”

Acting with Integrity

Three months ago, President Nelson announced the release of an updated Preach My Gospel. In chapter six, a new Christlike attribute was introduced: integrity. Integrity flows from the first commandment to love God—because you love Him, you are always true to Him. It involves not lowering your standards to impress or be accepted by others. Living the Honor Code, including its principles of honesty and ethics, is a manifestation of integrity.

Walking by Faith

Life is a journey of learning and growth where we sometimes walk by knowledge and other times walk by faith. BYU-Idaho is a place of both knowledge and wisdom, and while we may not fully understand some aspects of the Honor Code, they are integral to our commitment.

As we begin this academic year, let us remember that we are in a special and sacred place at BYU-Idaho. Our commitment to the Honor Code reflects our character and sets us apart in a positive way. We may face challenges and uncertainties, but with unwavering integrity and a willingness to walk by faith, we can thrive. Always remember that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is for all, and His love, mercy, and grace are available to guide us. Stay close to the Master, keep Him first in your life, and seek His strength through the Atonement.

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