Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Dawning of a Brighter Day

by Marsha Ward

This week I'm attending BYU Education Week for the first time. I obtained Internet access relatively painlessly, so I guess my turn is a go.

The theme this year is "The Dawning of a Brighter Day." Yesterday, at the Devotional, what a thrill it was to raise my voice with thousands of others in singing, "The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee," the hymn from which the theme is taken. Elder Richard G. Scott gave the devotional address, in which he taught us keys for learning from the Spirit.

I was able to sit with Rachel Ann Nunes during her book signing yesterday. I may even have sold a book or two for her. What fun to renew our acquaintance! Later that day I met Michele Paige Holmes, the author of Counting Stars. Today and tomorrow I have other author buddies to see and meet (you can be Internet buddies without meeting, you know).

Of course, there are classes to attend--I'm enjoying the select few I've chosen to go to--and performances to see. Last night I took in the new musical, "Take the Mountain Down," by Steven Kapp Perry and Marvin Payne, and had a hand clappin' good time! Mandolin and banjo music have such joy inherent in their sound.

I'm having a good time in this first taste of Education Week. I hope the aches and pains of protesting muscles will prove short, and the social, mental, emotional, and spiritual boost of the classes and being with friends will continue to lift me up to that Brighter Day.


Tristi Pinkston said...

What a fun report, Marsha. I hope you'll give us an overall review at the end.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Marsha, sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I told my husband I wanted to brave the masses and give Education Week a shot next year. So I'll look forward to your total report when you're back and rested up.

Just doing a booksigning during that time just about cashes me in.

Marcia Mickelson said...


Glad you were able to post. Thanks for being so diligent. Sounds like you're busy. Have a great time!

Tamra Norton said...

I can't wait to hear how the entire week goes. How fun...and what a spiritual boost an event like this must be.

Marsha Ward said...

Thanks, everyone. I'll post next week about how it was.

Marsha Ward said...

I couldn't wait to give a recap, so go over to my blog, Writer in the Pines, for today's post about Education Week.

Julie Wright said...

sounds like a ton of fun!!!

Josi said...

I'm so glad you got to go to this, Marsha. I'm bummed I didn't get to see you when you were so close by. You are certainly a bright spot in many a day. good luck settling back into home life.