Weekly Quote: Kim O’Neill

Weekly quotes come from BYU faculty members who are regarded by their students as being both spiritually strengthening and intellectually enlarging.

“I find many times when students come to your office, they come to maybe talk about a test. They are not there to talk about a test—that’s their excuse to come and talk to you because they want to hear, or they want to feel, or they want to know. And there is something that the Lord will tell you to tell them as you are sitting there. I remember one girl in particular who came about her test, and she complained and complained and went on and then she got up to leave, the Spirit said, ‘Talk to her.’  And I said, ‘Is everything okay?’  And she just turned with tears in her eyes, and she just sat down again and she just poured out her heart.  And … I would never take the place of a bishop … but it’s just as a BYU faculty member, I think they can look to you and they can find some source that they can feel the Spirit, and we can help in many different ways. And that’s what I try to do.”

Kim O’Neill, Professor of Microbiology


About Thomas Ferrin

Latter-day Saint (Christian). Husband, father. Qualitative researcher. Designer. Jack-of-all-trades. Beatboxer. Thinker on moral agency. I like to wear corduroy and eat street tacos.
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