Few classes have the variety of students found during BYU's 1989 Education Week. Students of all ages and from all over the world gathered on the university campus for the week of classes.
Approximately 27,000 students participated in the school's 67th annual education week, "more than ever before," said Ellen Allred, campus education week coordinator.The week of instruction at BYU, first offered in 1922 as leadership training for Church members who lived nearby, now offers topics in subjects ranging from time and money management to health and physical fitness. About 15 percent of the curriculum is based on religious topics.
This year, Sister Allred, who works year-round on planning and implementing the event, supervised more than 60 student employees and 500 volunteers.
Almost 170 instructors are involved in the vast variety of lectures. Following are a few excerpts from the 1,150 lectures, workshops and discussions offered during the Aug. 22-25 education week.
"Time management is nothing more than event control, or controlling the events of your life.
"First, create a prioritized task list. List your tasks for the day and decide which tasks are A, vital; B, important; or C, trivial. Then assign each task a number in order of importance.
"Next build your own 'productivity pyramid.' The pyramid consists of four levels. The base of the pyramid we equate to writing our own constitution or identifying our own governing values. We identify what matters most in our life and then base our goals on those values.
"The next two levels of our pyramid are those goals. Long-range goals are the second level and intermediate goals are the third. Those goals filter into the fourth pyramid level, which is our daily task list. That list then becomes important because we start doing something today that really matter to us.
"The real heart of time management is that productivity pyramid." Hyrum W. Smith, chairman of the board, Franklin Institute Inc., Sunday School teacher.
DEALING WITH PROBLEMS
"Often, youths (and many others) blame their problems on God instead of letting these problems draw them closer to their Heavenly Father.
"When dealing with our problems, it's important to remember three things. First, try to look at the difficulties with an eternal perspective.
"Second, focus on the things you can do. Focus on the things in your life that are not problems.
"And finally, include the Lord in your life as you deal with your problems. Use prayer, the scriptures, and activity in the Church to help you through your problems.
"As you do these things, the Lord will help you through your problems just as literally as He helped the Israelites through the Red Sea. Remember, He didn't remove the Red Sea for the children of Israel, He just parted it, thus helping them through it. He will also help you." Brad Wilcox (youth instructor), BYU elementary education instructor, Primary music leader.
"In Moroni 10:32, Moroni capsulizes, in effect, the three things we need to do in order to make changes in our lives. We must first come unto Christ. Next we must deny ourselves of all ungodliness, which means letting go of undesirable learned behavior. The scaffolding of therapeutic change is right there in that one verse.
"Many of the problems we have in our lives are due to the 'tradition of our fathers.' We are conditioned as we grow up to respond, sometimes inappropriately.
"In order to change we must have a hope that change is possible and then we must combine that hope with faith that we ourselves can change. After we have that hope and faith, we can set appropriate goals.
"It's important that we have our goals phrased positively. We need to think about what we want to be, do, think and feel, rather than what we don't want to be, do, think, and feel."
Burton C. Kelly, counselor at BYU University Standards, bishop.
DRAWING ON THE POWERS OF HEAVEN
"In the midst of great turmoil and persecution, Joseph Smith was cast into Liberty Jail where he was kept for several months. In agony for his people, he cried out, `O God, where art thou?'
"This is the feeling many modern members of the Church sometimes have. In Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord answered the prophet's basic question, which was, `Why aren't you unleashing the powers of heaven in behalf of your chosen people?' The answer has application for all Latter-day Saints.
"From verses 34 to 46, we learn how to draw upon God's power in our behalf. First, the basic problem that thwarts the heavenly powers lie in the hearts of men. They set their hearts upon the things of the world and aspire to the honors of men. Second, those two conditions of the heart lead to four kinds of behavior. We seek to cover or hide our sins, we seek to gratify our pride, or our vain ambitions, and we experience unrighteous dominion. These behaviors grieve the Spirit and cause the powers of heaven to withdraw.
"Within the same section, the Lord gives the keys for increasing our power. We learn that the godly characteristics of patience, gentleness, kindness, virtue, unfeigned love and faith will cause power to distill upon our souls like the dews of heaven until we can have the ever-present companionship of the Spirit." Gerald N. Lund, Church Education System zone administrator, bishop.