Aims in My Ancestry
illustrate the Aims of a BYU Education.
I discovered the Aims of a BYU Education have been part of my family long before I came to BYU.
Discover the Aims in Your Ancestry
This small project is one of the elective tasks in the University 101 BYU Foundations class. Others may complete the assignment as well. It can be done in about an hour, but you can spend more time if you wish.
- Choose an ancestor you want to learn more about. (May be living or deceased.)
- Work with a family history missionary in the BYU Library to search for stories from your ancestor's life that illustrate one or more of the Aims of a BYU Education.
- Share what you have discovered and learned with someone important to you.
- If you are in UNIV 101, summarize what you learned on a single PowerPoint slide you upload to Learning Suite/Canvas.
Getting Missionary Help
Friendly missionaries in the BYU Library are ready to help you find stories, connect them to the Aims, and learn about library resources. There are a few ways to do this:
- Come to a Family History Stories Session during scheduled times.
- Schedule an appointment for yourself or a group. Or ask your professor to schedule a class field trip to the library. Contact email@example.com or 801-422-3766.
- Walk in to the BYU Library Family History Center (2250 HBLL) during missionary service hours and ask for a missionary to help you.
What students are saying...
"I loved this project! It was so empowering. I was so amped after leaving the library. The Spirit of Elijah is so real!"
Makayla, Student Peer Mentor
“I learned in this assignment that my ancestors are imperfect, but inspiring. You can be inspired by imperfect people.”
Madeline, Student Peer Mentor
“I always knew that my family history was important to my parents and grandparents, but now that story is important to me.”