I was at family reunion for a few days this weekend, and was asked by many extended family members if I knew anything new about the miners or any extra tidbit not reported yet. I wish I had good news to tell them. Unfortunatley while we were together the second cave-in happened, killing those rescuers. Whenever there was opportunity for Internet access I'd check ksl.com, but it's heartbreaking to see this tragedy continue on with no firm answers.
My family and friends also have asked me a lot about President Faust this last week -- what was it like to cover the funeral, to talk one-on-one with Elder Ballard, etc. This is a bittersweet story to cover, because of the sadness of his passing, but the fondness in remembering his life and teachings. My uncle also asked me(jokingly), "Who will be called now to the First Presidency?" Sure I work for KSL but I don't have that information!!
President Faust's funeral (from my perspective on the outside of the Tabernacle) was beautiful. I could feel the stillness on Temple Square as the funeral procession pulled up and slowly circled the Tabernacle. Even visitors to Temple Square seemed to know what was going on and were so respectful. I talked to people all morning before the funeral, about their memories and why they were there that day.
I have been covering other stories too -- this week the back-to-school feeling is in the air, and I've talked to a few estatic moms putting their last child in kindergarten. Well, estatic for their extra time during the day, but sad their youngest is now old enough for school. I love the turn of the season though from summer to fall. It makes me feel like I should be buying college textbooks again and getting a new BYU sweatshirt for the football games. We still have weeks left before sweatshirt weather but it's coming.