PROVO — Elder Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will receive an honorary doctorate and will be the presiding authority during Brigham Young University's August 2008 Commencement Exercises Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, president of BYU and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, will conduct. The student speaker will be Jessie Leatham Wirkus, an English major graduating with university honors. Sarah Inouye, a senior graduating magna cum laude in music performance, will present a piano solo, "Allegro de Concierto" by Enrique Granados.

The event will be broadcast live on KBYU-FM (98.1) and KBYU-TV (Channel 11).

Adoption advocate to be honored

Author and adoption advocate Krista Ralton Oakes will receive the 2008 Hall of Fame Award during the Families Supporting Adoption national conference.

The conference, themed "One Miracle at a Time," will be held Friday and Saturday at the Davis Conference Center in Layton. Broadcast sessions will be held nationwide at regional FSA locations. Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will deliver the conference's keynote address.

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes contributions to the practice of adoption on a national or global level. Previous recipients include LDS Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson and William Pierce of Bonneville Communications.

Oakes is founder of the, an online support group for infertility, pregnancy loss and adoption in the LDS community. She has also written "Fertile in Our Faith," a book that addresses infertility, pregnancy loss and adoption.

Genealogy classes are Saturday

If you are struggling to understand computer technology and how it can help you organize and preserve your family history, the Family History Library will offer classes Saturday on understanding technology and its uses. Topics include "The Files on Your Computer, Part 1: Introduction, Understanding and Creating"; "The Files on Your Computer, Part 2: Organizing; Flash Drives, Digital Recorders, and Digital Cameras"; and "Using USB and U3 Keys." The free classes will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library's main floor computer lab. To register, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 801-240-4950.

'Promised Land' musical today, Friday

"Journey to the Promised Land," a Book of Mormon musical, will be performed today and Friday at 7 p.m. The musical, written by Melissa Birrell of Salt Lake City, is about the prophet Lehi and his family and their journey from Jerusalem. Admission is free (first come, first serve seating), and the performances will be held at 376 N. 700 West in Provo. For more information, call 801-485-4158 or 801-423-2287.