During our BYU days, Meredith and I were blessed to have several wonderful, wonderful bishops. They were, without exception, caring and consecrated men of God who ministered with love and wisdom. I remember all of them, and specific things they taught me.
Our last bishop there is one for whom we have a special fondness. He walked our family--and our ward--through some particularly difficult times.
Wayne Brickey was teaching in the Orem institute when he came into our lives. He spent a long career in CES and, in addition to teaching institute, he also worked writing curriculum.
Bishop Brickey was a remarkable man. He was a scholar and knew the scriptures and history of the Church intimately. He was a father extraordinaire. He and his wife had 11 children. Because of this, Bishop Brickey had 11 hobbies. Essentially, he took up the hobbies and interests of his children so he would have something in common with them. Consequently, he rode a motorcycle, powerlifted weights, and could talk with authority about painting--just to name a few.
He was also a devoted husband and loved his wife with all his heart. A lot of what he taught me I have passed on in Elder's Quorum lessons, private counseling, and I have tried to integrate in my own marriage.
A few years ago, I noticed that he had started publishing books. He has a weekly column with the Mormon Times. He also leads tours to Church History sites.
I wondered about the sudden burst of activity. And then I realized the answer. Because during the years his children were at home, he was a father and all of his other interests were on the back-burner. Once they were gone, it was his turn. But only then.
That's the kind of man he is.
At any rate, we love and honor him in our home still. So, I'm deeply honored that he gave me the following endorsement for my book:
"I enjoyed being caught up in this story. Not only does it explore the powers, challenges, and delights of dramatic art--there are other learnings that await the reader. This book is well worth the time of both youth and adults."
Thanks, Bishop. For everything.
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