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Monticello Campus Dedicatory Prayer

The dedicatory prayer was delivered by Ronald L. Johnson.

"And now through the authority that is mine and given through the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the President of George Wythe University, I dedicate this campus — which is 530 acres — for the building up of material buildings and supplies over the next ten years, to become the dream of those forefathers who could see the need for such a unique university.  

"I dedicate all of the land, water, and rocks, minerals and shrubbery, grasses, and surrounding native sagebrush, flowers, and trees, that they may all add beauty to the surroundings and future buildings and structures that shall be built here.

"May the guiding spirit be felt here by all who come here to further their educational goals. May the surrounding area be a haven for many people to come to from around the world to seek classics of science and the arts, literature and philosophy, history and political science, foreign and ancient language.

"May many come from around the globe to attain leadership abilities so that they can think independently and creatively, to analyze, organize, communicate, and inspire. Leaders must be able to define problems as well as solve them, to ask penetrating questions and challenge prevailing assumptions, and to negotiate, delegate, and counsel with both confidence and humility. They will be able to come to George Wythe University and receive these skills; for the beautiful setting here, along with those who will govern what goes on, will foster these skills.

"Like all important things in life, a great education requires great effort.  Students will learn how to broaden their skills and master all skills needed to apply themselves to be great leaders out in the world.

"Bless all of the leaders, staff, and students alike who come here that they will conform to the rules and regulations that have been set up by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the President and all of the ideals and memories of George Wythe who taught by example and precept, who has  been called America’s 'Teacher of Liberty' and known as 'one of the most learned legal characters of the present age….He is remarkable for his exemplary life and universally esteemed for his good principles. No man, it is said, understands the history of government better the Mr. Wythe…'

"Perhaps his student, Thomas Jefferson, said it best: 'He was my ancient master, my earliest and best friend, and to him I am indebted for first impressions which have [been] the most salutary on the course of my life.  No man ever left behind him a character more venerated than George Wythe. His virtue was of the purest tint; his integrity inflexible and his justice exact; of warm patriotism, and devoted as he was to liberty and the natural and equal rights of man, he might truly be called the Cato of his country…'

"This unique university is involved in families, churches, schools, clubs and organizations, businesses and States. The role of the individual is to exhibit virtue; the family, to give, nurture and protect life; the church to strengthen the mind and body; clubs and organization to offer a venue for service, personal mission,  friendship and hobbies; business to create and exchange value; the States to establish and maintain an environment of freedom and order so that all the others can thrive. Unless wise leaders are actively involved in the workings of the State, it will fail in its primary objective. And what is that objective? According to Aristotle, it is happiness… The Highest Good.
"Now our beloved Father in Heaven, we express unto Thee our love and we know that Thou dost love us.

"Please accept of our gratitude in behalf of this great University which is starting a great campus in this part of Thy vineyard.

"Please hear our dedicatory address and make it possible for all of the ideals, goals, and ambitions to take place here in this special place, and help all mankind to rededicate themselves to these great truths and principals of this great George Wythe University; in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."

Mr. Johnson currently serves in the Monticello LDS Temple Presidency.