"I'm not a chicken. I'm just really hesitant." -Frasier Crane
Question #91155 posted on 04/13/2018 4:36 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I seem to remember hearing a quote from a general authority during the time they were building the Provo temple expressing concern that BYU students would spend too much time in the temple and not enough time studying. Can you help me find the quote?

-Apparently I Suck at Googling


Dear same,

I'm almost ashamed to say how long it took me to find this. I had heard it before, but I could of sworn it was said by President Hinckley. I spent a ridiculous amount of time googling "Hinckley" and "Provo temple" and "studying" before I finally realized Hinckley didn't say it. One (corrected) google search later, and boom—Harold B. Lee had said this to then-Elder Oaks, who included it in his 1994 General Conference talk:

Similarly, I remember the concerns President Harold B. Lee expressed to me when I was president of BYU. Shortly before the Provo Temple was dedicated, he told me of his concern that the accessibility of the temple would cause some BYU students to attend the temple so often that they would neglect their studies. He urged me to work with the BYU stake presidents to make sure the students understood that even something as sacred and important as temple service needed to be done in wisdom and order so that students would not neglect the studies that should be the major focus of their time during their student years.

So there you have it. Don't neglect your studies. But don't neglect the temple. Moderation in all things!

-guppy of doom

posted on 04/13/2018 3:55 p.m.
This was not given at general conference, but a BYU stake fireside. Generally, speaking, the apostles strongly encourage temple attendance. Specifically, BYU is a place where that can be overdone. Also, if you read to the bottom of the talk, Elder Oaks warns against “Moderation in all things” because in the doctrine and covenants the Lord says if you are luke warm He will spew thee out

“Moderation in all things is not a virtue, because it would seem to justify moderation in commitment. That is not moderation, but indifference. That kind of moderation runs counter to the divine commands to serve with all of our “heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2), to “seek … earnestly the riches of eternity” (D&C 68:31), and to be “valiant in the testimony of Jesus” (D&C 76:79). Moderation is not the answer.”

The answer Elder Oaks prescribes is humility.

-Potato Tomato