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BYU-Pathway President's Report

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By Small and Simple Things

Oportunidad, 机会, gelegenheid, möjlighet, 機会—no matter where you are across the globe or how you say it, the word opportunity evokes feelings of hope, optimism, and ambition. At BYU-Pathway Worldwide, we have seen Heavenly Father’s guiding hand present numerous blessings to His children who are looking to improve through education. Currently our enrollment is more than 57,000 students who represent 160 countries and all 50 states.

In Alma 37:6, as Alma was teaching his son Helaman, we read that “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” As I have read that verse, I am reminded of the small and simple acts of charity brought about by our donors who have brought such amazing educational opportunities— “great things”—to people all over the world. The size of your donation does not matter. What does matter is that you are willing to give of your means to better someone else’s life. One of the great miracles of BYU-Pathway is that when you give to provide an educational path to someone, you are not only blessing their life, but you are also blessing the lives of all who are in their circle of influence. This is another example of how great things are brought to pass by small and simple things.

Elder David A. Bednar said, “Ordinary people who . . . consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results.”[1] Great results have been brought to pass in 2021 as 3,779 students completed online certificates and degrees by the end of the spring and winter semesters. These students represent approximately 80 countries and 49 states. Truly, great results—and great things—have been brought to pass. Salamat, merci, obrigado, thank you.

1David A. Bednar, “‘By Small and Simple Things Are Great Things Brought to Pass’ (Alma 37:6–7),” BYU Women’s Conference address, April 29, 2011.

Meet Brian and Melinda Ashton

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Brian K. Ashton was appointed as the second president of BYU Pathway Worldwide by the board of education of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2021. He previously served as vice president of field operations. With a bachelor’s degree from BYU and MBA degree from Harvard University, President Ashton has started several companies. He served as the second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency from 2015 to 2019. Melinda Ashton graduated from BYU and later attended medical school in Chicago. She served in the Spain Malaga Mission. Melinda and Brian are the parents of seven children. Together they presided over the Texas Houston South Mission from 2012 to 2015.

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