Today was the second day of the residency and the first day of workshops. The morning started in the best way, with a sacrament meeting that the missionaries and the Montpelier bishopric prepared for the LDS students. I got to partake of the sacrament and share my testimony. The member of the bishopric made a comment as to how we each acquire a testimony in a way we understand. I see this in my life, how my love for books brought me to the Book of Mormon and the gospel. How I attended BYU and now I’m here at VCFA. This is nothing short of a miracle and I’m so thankful for this experience. What a tender mercy to carve out time out of our busy schedule for the peace and comfort of the sacrament.
The workshop was spectacular! But my favorite time of the day was listening to Katherine Paterson (first row!) and feasting in her wonderful words. Among many things, she mentioned that we heal through writing, as writers and readers. what a privilege! The lectures by Cynthia Leitich-Smith and Kekla Magoon were also firework worthy.
I’m staring to get tired of cafeteria food. I’m hungry for some hearty Italian. Maybe tomorrow I’ll venture to town.