cbm3.jpgDear Friends in the MBA Program,

I have been thinking a lot about your situation amid challenging market conditions.  I bet you didn't know that the current job market was the one that you had signed up to contend with back when you made the decision to enter the MBA program.  Yet, here we are with work to be done.  

You did not arrive in the BYU MBA program by chance.  Many of you have shared the decision making process you went through as you chose to come here.  I know that you were thoughtful and prayerful as you made decisions.  Think back to all of the reasons that you felt good about enrolling in the MBA program at the time you made your decision.  You are a lot like the early converts to the LDS faith who gathered to Salt Lake City only to be sent out to settle new communities in the west.  I was remembering one such group this past summer.  I have included a picture of Hole in the Rock where a group of settlers had to maneuver more than 200 people and 80 wagons down this impossible gap in the rock.  Having made the decision to accept the gospel message, they also accepted the challenges that came with it.  I marvel at the faith that brought them through this passage to a settlement in the desert southwest. 

Those pioneer settlers lived, like you are living, the principle of faith taught in Hebrews 11.  You had a reason to begin the journey.  You did not blindly dive into the MBA program.  You made a decision based upon “assurance of things hoped for [and] evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11: 1, JST).  Following this introduction to faith, we are reminded in Hebrews 11 that Noah built the ark before the rain began to fall, Abraham left his home seeking a land of promise that he had not seen, and Moses forsook the riches of Egypt before he knew the Lord’s plan for him. The stories are many and persuasive, we must believe and act before we see God’s solution for us.

My heart has been warmed as I have heard stories of your care and concern one for another.  I know that this is a stressful time.  Let me share with you a simple formula that seems to work for me.  I remember the reasons that I have embarked on a course of action.  I pray like the outcome depends entirely on the Lord.  Then, I work like the outcome depends entirely on me.  I have not always ended up where I had planned for myself but, as I look back at difficult times, I have always seen the hand of the Lord in my life.  Be willing to walk through the doors the Lord may open, trusting that He has your best interest in mind.

All my best,

Craig Merrill



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