To the wounded and the weary

Brigham Young University President Kevin J. Worthen recently distributed a “President’s Report” to select donors highlighting how donations to the university benefit students. You may not have received this document in the mail, and we did not want you to miss out on reading about our featured nursing student:

McKenzie Weeks knew she wanted to become a nurse in seventh grade when she learned about a neurosurgeon who had dedicated his life to serving people. Then, in her first semester at BYU, she was attending a nursing conference on campus.IMG_8328

“We were singing, ‘Lord I Would Follow Thee,’ the hymn that our college has taken on as our theme,” Weeks recalls. “The third verse contains a beautiful phrase: ‘To the wounded and the weary I would show a gentle heart.’ I was overcome with the powerful feeling that I was exactly where the Lord wanted me to be and part of my mission here on this earth was to care for His children and to be His hands here.”

That moment helped Weeks understand the sacred opportunity she had at the College of Nursing. “I am so grateful to be studying at BYU,” she says, “where we have the opportunity to integrate the science behind healthcare with the all-encompassing Atonement to become the best possible nurse we can be.”

Weeks also expresses appreciation to those whose donations have made it possible for her to become a nurse. “Thank you for making my dreams of studying nursing at BYU a reality,” she says.

To make a donation to the College of Nursing, please visit

Published by BYU Nursing

Guided by the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exemplify the Healer’s art by: leading with faith and integrity; advancing the science of nursing and healthcare; promoting health and wellness; alleviating suffering; and serving individuals, families, and communities. The mission of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University is to learn the Healer’s art and go forth to serve.

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