Now, after all these years of trying to steer by the stars, I come to my journey’s end a president and professor. This is my last port of call as an educator. “Home is the sailor, home from the sea.” I leave confident that BYU–Hawaii will sail on, ably guided by a new helmsman who takes the helm at a difficult time when the University is sailing in uncharted waters.
Aloha! It's good to be with you. It’s wonderful to be introduced by the love of my life and my companion, Sister Tanner. I saw that they flashed up at the very end of her introduction a picture that was taken when we were engaged. Some of you may think, “Who's that guy?” This reminds me of a scene in the novel Dandelion Wine where an old woman shows a picture of herself when she was younger to some young girls in the neighborhood. She tells them, “That's me when I was younger,” but the girls say, ”No it's not! You don't look like that!” Try as she might, the old woman can’t convince the children that she is in fact the young girl in the picture. Some of you might have felt that way when you saw the picture of a younger version of me. You may have thought "Who is that guy?” Well, it is actually me. It’s Susan and me when we were your age. Believe it or not, we looked like that. We were so in love then and we are even more in love now.