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Devotionals and Forums

ELC students at BYU are afforded the opportunity to attend weekly devotionals and forums every Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. All students, faculty and staff join together in the Marriott Center to receive spiritual and temporal edification.

For the weekly devotionals and forums, select BYU employees and leaders of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will bring their industry knowledge, life experiences and spiritual insights to aid students in recognizing and achieving BYU's aims.


  • 12: Stacey Shaw, College of Family, Home and Social Sciences
  • 19: Chris Mattson, Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering
  • 26: Carl L. Hanson, College of Life Sciences (forum)


  • 2: Janis Nuckolls, College of Humanities
  • 16: Elder Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Education Week)
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Stacey Shaw
July 12, Devotional
Shaw is an assistant professor of social work at BYU. She has been a licensed social worker since 2008, and prior to her employment at BYU she worked as a casework supervisor for the International Rescue Committee and project coordinator and clinical supervisor for the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia.

Shaw received the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Young Scholar Award in 2020 and was a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malaysia in 2015. Since 2006, she has been published over 50 times, with research interests centering on refugee resettlement, mental health, HIV prevention, religion and spirituality. Shaw received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from BYU and received a doctorate in social work from Columbia University.

Chris Mattson
July 19, Devotional
Mattson is a professor of mechanical engineering. Previously, he was a Fulbright Scholar and global director of engineering design and research at ATL Technology. Mattson has received many awards and honors, including the Ben C. Sparks Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the U.S. Government and multiple awards from BYU (Outstanding Faculty Award, Class of ‘49 Endowed Young Scholar Award, Engineering Faculty Development Fellowship and Keith Duffin Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship).

Mattson earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from BYU and received a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research and publications focus on product development, engineering design theory and methodology and multiobjective and multidisciplinary design optimization.

Carl L. Hanson
July 26, Forum
Hanson is a professor of public health. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU in 2005, he spent 11 years as a professor at Montana State University Billings where he served as a faculty member and administrator. He has served on many national and local boards and is currently serving on the Utah County Board of Health, Community Health Connect Board and as co-chair of the BYU Wellness Wise Coalition. He conducts research on mental health, family health and computational health science.

Hanson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in health science from BYU, where he also competed in track and field/cross country. He received a doctorate in public health education from Southern Illinois University while teaching classes and working at the county health department.

Janis Nuckolls
August 2, Devotional
Nuckolls is a professor for BYU’s Department of Linguistics. She is an anthropological linguist with field experience primarily in Amazonian Ecuador and teaches Kichwa field studies classes at the Andes and Amazon field school in Ecuador’s eastern rainforest. Before coming to BYU in 2007, she taught at Indiana University and at the University of Alabama. Nuckolls has published four books and numerous articles, and she has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-Hays Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago. She and her husband, Charles have three children: Will, who received his bachelor’s degree from BYU majoring in Spanish and minoring in Communication; Margaret who is studying nuclear medicine at the University of Utah; and Catherine who is studying nursing at Joyce University.

Elder Quentin L. Cook
August 16, Education Week Devotional
Elder Cook was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 6, 2007. Called as a General Authority in April 1996, he served in the Second Quorum, First Quorum and Presidency of the Seventy. Prior to those callings, Elder Cook served in the Area Presidency in the Philippines, as President of the Pacific Islands and the North America Northwest Areas and as Executive Director of the Missionary Department. Before that, he served as a stake president in the San Francisco California Stake as well as a regional representative and Area Authority in the North America West Area.

At the time of his call to be a General Authority of the Church, Elder Cook was vice chairman of Sutter Health System. He had previously served as president and chief executive officer of a California healthcare system. Prior to that, Elder Cook was a business lawyer and managing partner of a San Francisco Bay Area law firm. He also served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business-related corporations.

Elder Cook received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford University. Utah State University also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He married Mary Gaddie on November 30, 1962. They are the parents of three children and have 11 grandchildren.

BYU Speeches is an online repository of nearly 2,000 devotional and other BYU addresses from the 1940s to the present (although we do have one by Principal Karl G. Maeser in 1892). BYU Speeches seeks to nourish faith while extending the blessings of a BYU education beyond the campus community.

Take full advantage of all that BYU Speeches offers—to learn by study and by faith.