Mark Philbrick, BYU
The BYU Dancers' Company will tell the story of the women left behind during the march of the Mormon Battalion in "Onward, Alone."

BATTALION STORIES SET TO DANCE: The BYU Dancers' Company will tell the stories of the women of the Mormon Battalion through a multimedia presentation.

"Dance in Concert: Onward, Alone" begins Jan. 31 and runs through Feb. 2 at de Jong Concert Hall on the BYU campus. The story lines are taken from the journals of the women who were left behind when the Mormon Battalion began its march. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 801-422-4322.

MORE MANUAL OPTIONS: The new study manual "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith," distributed to members this month, also fits nicely into electronic form.

The manual, which is used for study in priesthood quorum and Relief Society meetings, can be accessed in compressed audio format on the church's Web site ( under the "Gospel Library" directory. The manual can be read, printed or listened to on the Web site or downloaded in several formats.

Available publications in compressed audio format include the Standard Works, scripture study materials, general conference talks, the church magazines and previous presidents of the church manuals.

PRESIDENT SPEAKING: Utah Valley State College president William A. Sederburg will speak at the Friday devotional at the Orem Institute of Religion (785 College Drive). Sederburg became president of the school in 2003, coming to Orem from Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. The devotional begins at noon.

LOCAL AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Sam Beeson, who teaches creative writing at American Fork High, will be at the Davis County School District offices on Jan. 31 to sign copies of his new book, "The UnValentine," published by Deseret Book. The event will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 45 E. State, Farmington.