Sunday, October 25, 2009

Time Out for Women

This weekend I was able to attend Time Out for Women with some of my friends from Church. It was my first time going and it was a lot of fun. It was held in Kansas City so we were able to do some great shopping, eat at Cheesecake Factory and PF Chang's on top of the actual Time Out for Women event.

I'll just share a few highlights from those things talked about at TOFW. Kind of long, but I wanted to jot a few notes on the blog about it.

Jenny Oaks Baker performed Friday night. She is such a talented violinists. She was a lot of fun to listen to and incredibly talented! I got her 'Best Of' CD which I have already listened to numerous times today. A funny story she shared: She was in a singles ward, and like most single wards- was spotting that right guy to sit next to. She ended up finding a good one to sit by. As he was trying to impress her, he shared how his dad was a Bishop, Stake President and now a Mission President. Jenny thought he seemed a little too confident in this and replied, "Well my dad's an Apostle." His response was that that was cool... so she knew he was a keeper and they ended up getting married.

Michael Wilcox then spoke to us. You can tell he is very knowledgeable about the gospel. One night he was marking his scriptures and his young son came up and starting coloring his scriptures, too. After a while he looked at his sons page and it was an exact replica of the marks on his page (which, you can imagine, wasn't just one little word highlighted, but a lot more detailed). The son then started to cry and said, "my lines aren't as straight as yours." Michael then explained that sometimes we feel the same as this with the Savior, but that we will get 'our lines straight' with time. Another comment he made was that of a great lesson he was taught and can change your life. It is when you realize that the woman you love, loves you. He said the same thing goes with Heavenly Father. The God you love, loves you.

Emily Watts spoke on Saturday. She also was a great speaker. She spoke about various parts of motherhood, including how when you become a mom, you become an obsessive counter. I thought this was so true of moms... having to make sure everyone gets not only the same number of skittles, for example, but the same number of reds, greens, and yellows. She said, "Everything I know about charity, I know from being a mom." She spoke a lot about the 'fruit' of being a mom, usually meaning kids. She asked the question then of what if the 'fruit' of being a mom, is me {the mom}? She shared that this will change the way you think/parent. She also told a story of when her daughter and her were prom dress shopping. We all know what a treat this is when you are trying to find a modest prom dress. They ended up finding one that was pretty decent, it just was barely too low cut. She told her daughter she thought it would be fine. Her daughter said that it would be fine if she was going with someone other then the specific guy she was going with. Emily said she wanted to call up that boys mother and say, "thank you for raising a son that makes my daughter want to be modest." I hope I can raise our boys to be like that, especially in these times when it is more important then ever!

John Bytheway {I hyper linked some quotes from him on some website} was not scheduled to speak to us, but Sheri Dew was unable to make it so he took her place last minute. Personally, I think this was a great fix! I read his books to teenagers growing up, so it was great to hear him as an adult. He quoted Sister Hinckley who said, "Decide what's important and move at a pace comfortable for us." He also had us ask oursleves, "What's it like being married to me?" I plan on focusing on this question, because I know it must be difficult! He had a lot of great stories and quotes, but I will not do them justice here!

Wendy Ulrich then spoke. You can tell she is just the sweetest lady. One thing she said I thought was interesting was that we've all heard, "If a thing ifworth doing, it's worth doing well." She took it one step further and said that there are something worth doing badly... and be willing to do better (motherhood, missionary work, etc.). She distingished between sin and weakness which I think sometimes we mix up.

The last speaker was Kris Belcher. She was great! I don't think I've laughed so hard in a long time as I did when she spoke. SO funny! She has such an amazing personal story. I would encourage others to read her books or listen to her speak if possible. Too many great stories to tell here. Loved it! Some notes: Our will and Heavenly Father's will need to become one, and his will is not going to change. There is purpose in struggle, that helps us get through the day and look forward to tomorrow. She is a living example when she said that bad things will happen but that we need to find ways to work through them (one way she does this is through laughter). She said we are commanded to have joy!
Overall, great weekend. Now I better go eat some food!


JasPam said...

I'm so jealous that you got to hear both Michael Wilcox and Jenny Oaks Baker--two of my favorites! Bro. Wilcox spoke at some seminary trainings I attended when I taught. I hope to listen to your Oaks CD when I come to visit!
So glad you were able to go have a time out!

Shawna Teichert said...

Adam and I just found out about your blog and we were excited to see about all of the exciting things going on in your lives. Congrats on being pregnant! That is awesome. We actually just had a baby boy on Sept. 28. We also have a blog you can check out if you would like. It is Good luck and we hope to stay in touch with you guys.

Cassie said...

I have always wanted to go to a Time Out For Women, looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing some of the things they talked about.

Jimmy, Diane and Bentley said...

How fun! I've never been to one but would like to. Thanks for sharing what you learned!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh do you know Alison Ward?! I grew up next to her! I'm jealous its sounds like an amazing conference. I agree with you about Jenny Oaks. I have all her CDs. Try her Christmas one its gorgeous

JSC said...

Thanks for the recap. Felt like I was there, which of course I will never be since it is for women?

Grandpa in 2010