The Totem, Yearbook of McMurry College, 1959 Page: 16
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Dr. Gordomn eNnett
Preside t's Message
Bishop Odd Hagen said, "Seekers are finders." The Bishop was interpreting the words of
Jesus when he spoke saying, "Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it
shall be opened unto you."
This is not only one of the great spiritual truths, it is also one of the great natural truths as
well. In the physical life, we tend to achieve that to which we aspire. We accomplish that which
is our objective; we reach that which we desire; to a large extent, we acquire that which is our
You came to college seeking. This year you are persistently pursuing certain educational
objectives. Part of the time these objectives may seem vague; and often you will be tempted to
turn aside and give up the ideal for which you came. Compromises will be offered you, substitutes
will be suggested, and many times the seemingly endless road to success will be crossed
by attractive short cuts that promise much but lead only to disappointment.
Seekers after truth are particularly tempted to change their courses because so many halftruths
appear. Searchers for knowledge must constantly beware, as it is easy to confuse interpretation
of knowledge with knowledge itself.
May I encourage you by saying that your search is worthwhile. Be not impatient; but
seek diligently those tools, those expressions, the association, the inspiration, the information
that will equip you to help preserve our civilization and make a contribution to your fellowmen.
By letting these be your goals in college, your years will be golden years, flushed with success
of achievement and rewarding.
My hope for each of you is that you shall always be seekers after truth-and through
truth, inspiration; and through inspiration, skills; and through your skills, service; for herein is
the happiness you see. "Seekers are finders."
Gordon R. Bennett
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