Veteran presenters describe challenges and rewards of BYU Education Week
“What we become when we teach is a reminder that we are to be tools and seek to be an influence for good,” he said. “I have both rejoiced with and mourned with Education Week attenders over the years. Both are enriching. To be true to what I am teaching is no small blessing either.”
Please share a life lesson you have gained as result of your experience as a presenter at Education Week?
Education Week has helped Prince to be more open to the promptings of the Spirit. At times she feels impressed to share something that is not in her outline.
“Invariably, someone comes up after and tells me it was exactly what they needed,” she said.
One lesson came to Boyack right before she stood to present in a jam-packed room.
“The Spirit whispered, ‘It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.’ That changed the way I look at what I do,” Boyack said. “I am merely a conduit for light, knowledge and truth that comes to me. We are all still learning.
Christensen shared a similar thought.
“I am there to serve, not be served. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of presentations and those who greet you,” Christensen said. “We are all servants of the Lord and depend on him. I know who I am and I know who I am not. It’s a great lesson to learn.”
Olson shared several lessons. Even though some in the audience will think you speak for the leaders of the LDS Church, remember that you do not. Teaching is a way of inviting people to see possibilities and find enhanced and renewed meaning in daily life. The variety of meanings people come to understand are broader and richer than my narrow ideas. Be ever willing to receive what a given person or audience teaches you.
“Teaching at Education Week is an offering more than it is a performance,” Olson said. “The message should be such that the audience always finds the messages are more important than the messenger.”
If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear, Wrigley said.
“Be willing to work as hard as you can to prepare for whatever situation life may deal you, but in that moment, let go of preconceived ideas and let God guide you in what needs to happen,” she said.
Cowan said everybody has something to contribute.
“All of us have something to offer and should take advantage of opportunities to do so, whether in church callings or in the community,” he said. “We may feel inadequate, but with the help of the Lord and effort on our part, we can come up with something meaningful to contribute that people will appreciate. If we will step out of our comfort zone and serve others, we will feel rewarded and excited for doing what might have seemed impossible before we did it.”
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