Elder Neil Anderson to speak at graduation

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Lauren Steimle~ Multimedia Journalist

General Conference is a biannual highlight in the year when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have the opportunity to hear from prophets and apostles. BYU-Hawaii students will have another highlight by hearing from a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Neil L. Andersen at graduation on Dec. 14 in the Cannon Activities Center.

Students said they are looking forward to having an apostle come speak for commencement. Graduating ICS senior

McKenzie King from Utah, said, “I’m really excited. Having an apostle come to graduation is the cherry on top of an already exciting life event.” The celebration is only made better by having Elder Andersen come and give his wisdom to those leaving the school.

Elder Andersen was named as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on April 4, 2009. He addressed the congregation and church by saying, “My dear brothers and sisters across the world, my knees are weak and my emotions close to the surface. I express my love for you and profoundly thank you for your sustaining vote.”
Since then Elder Andersen has continued to show proof of his words by serving the church and its members, including coming to speak at this years December’s graduation.

Victoria Jaques, a junior majoring in English from England, said, “I feel so blessed to attend a university where spiritual as well as secular education is taught. Having Neil L. Anderson coming for graduation is another one of those blessings. I’m always excited to here the words of the apostles, but especially when they come here, to the campus we love.”

Prior to his calling, Elder Andersen served a mission in France, received a bachelor’s degree from BYU in Provo, where he was a Hinckley Scholar, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He is married to his wife, Kathy, and they have four children. With his young family he served as a mission president in the France Bordeaux Mission, was a stake president in Tampa, Florida and served in many church assignments around the world.