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September 2022 Devotional

Brian and Melinda Ashton

BYU-Pathway Worldwide

"Building Zion"

Building Zion

The video will premiere on Tuesday, September 20, at 4:00 p.m. (MDT/UTC-6).

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About the Speakers

Brian K. Ashton is the president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide, and previously served as vice president of field operations. Receiving his bachelor's degree from BYU and MBA degree from Harvard University, President Ashton has started several companies. He served as the second counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency from 2015–2019.

Melinda Ashton graduated from BYU and later attended medical school in Chicago. She served in the Spain Malaga Mission. Melinda and Brian are the parents of seven children. Together, they presided over the Texas Houston South Mission from 2012 to 2015.

Instructions for Participants and Lead Students

The lead student should plan to incorporate a brief discussion about the devotional into the gathering. Participants should ponder the following questions:

  • President Ashton described a broken heart and contrite spirit as a requirement for someone building Zion. What does a broken heart and contrite spirit look like in a person? Why does the world teach the opposite (be better than others, be selfish)? Why is life better for everyone when people have a broken heart and a contrite spirit?
  • President Ashton described the sacrifices of his grandfather and father that helped him be where he is today. What do you hope your sacrifices will do for your children and grandchildren regarding education?