Efforts to encourage more women to complete their college educations are paying off, says Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
President Kapp, who has authored several books and published extensively in LDS Church-related journals, spoke Thursday night to 111 LDS Business College graduates, 82 of whom were women receiving degrees at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square."I have spoken often of a mighty wave, a wave that will move across the Earth, filling it with light and truth. Being here with you today convinces me that such a wave is forming and such goodness is possible," she said.
Pres. Kapp said it is difficult in today's world to be true to values taught by families and religious institutions while the world is sending youth conflicting messages.
Graduates must establish their values soon to make the right decisions in their lives, she said. "All achievement is perilously fragile unless there is a value base to provide a firm foundation on which to build. A peaceful, happy life rests upon adherence to values that are eternal in nature."
John M. Simcox received the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award for 1990, honoring his professional accomplishments and community contributions. A 1970 graduate, Simcox founded J.C. Keepsake Jewelers, Inc. He also helped pave the way for the 1980s exercise and fitness boom by introducing the health club, "Nautilus of the West," to Utah and neighboring states.