This was a special day in the life of Mark Newman. The sacred opportunity of sustaining a new prophet in last October’s solemn assembly was a special privilege for him. This great experience was framed by the other things that Mark’s Fridays have a way of requiring.

He had breakfast while catching a few more moments of study, then uttered a prayer about his part in the great assembly, and later, after the solemn assembly, he hurried to his math class at the University of Utah. All in a day’s experience, but a very special day after all.

Photos by Eldon Linschoten

Mark catches a few moments of study during breakfast on the morning of the solemn assembly

A morning prayer for a solemn occasion

With a recently broken foot, preparations to go are a little more difficult

Leaving early for the solemn assembly

Mark hurries to the Tabernacle to find his seat

He listens intently to the instructions of President Tanner

Sustaining a prophet

In a crowd of Saints leaving the temple grounds

From sustaining a prophet to math exam—a busy but very special day

Mark hurries to his class