Traditions are great if in harmony with the Gospel, says communicator

by | May 12, 2011

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Devotionals have been a BYU tradition since Karl G. Maeser’s presidency in the 1880s. Ed Adams, a professor in the Department of Communications, addressed students and faculty Tuesday, encouraging everyone to build good traditions.

Traditions have the ability to bind us generationally, said Adams. “Some traditions are fun and whimsical, and in unique ways work to unite people. Some, however, take us down unproductive paths and can even contribute to justifying sin.”

Referencing the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” Adams quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “When we come to BYU we come to take our position on the roof, with violin in hand, and we declare to the rest of the world, "Tradition." Our tradition. BYU tradition.

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