November 10, 2011

Time out for ME.


This was my first EVER TOFW. I enjoyed the very uplifting talks given, it really helped me put my life into perspective. You know so often we get into the worries of our life. At least that has been my struggle. So Time out for women offered me a chance to listen and experience life through other people. I must say they were pretty amazing too. I was told about BYU Womens Conference!  OHHHH my HEAVENS... This looks like an A-mazing experience that I am counting down the days to. Here are my favorite presenters from my weekend with TOFW and why I loved them.


Jason F. Wright

Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. Articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States and writes a weekly column for The Deseret News and Mormon Times.

He is the author of seven books with over one million books sold. His most recent novel, The Seventeen Second Miracle, was released nationally in September of 2010. Jason is from Charlottesville, Va., but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. In 2007, Jason fell in love with Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley while researching the area for his second book,The Wednesday Letters, and with the enthusiastic blessing of his wife, Kodi, he relocated their family to the historic town of Woodstock. A sign on their door reads, “Friends welcome. Family by appointment only.” 

Jason talked to us about Slowing Down, so we are able to see who we need to service. I loved this, mostly because of the story he shared about his father. His father was always helping others. An example he shared that sticks in my head was opening doors for people. He stated that even if the person was a Mile away and his father would stand at the door. I love that. Very in tune with the spirit and service oriented.


Dean Hughes

Dean Hughes has published more than ninety books. He writes for all ages: children, young adults and adults. He is best known for Children of the Promise and Hearts of the Children, a double series of historical novels about the World War II era and the 1960’s. He graduated with a BA from Weber State University and holds an MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Washington. He spent the early years of his career as an English professor at Central Missouri State University but left to write full-time, which he did for seventeen years. He combined writing with teaching while at Brigham Young University from 1997 to 2002, and from 2005 to 2008. 

He is married to Kathleen Hughes, who served as a Counselor to Bonnie Parkin in the General Relief Society Presidency. In 2010, they completed a two-year Public Affairs mission in Nauvoo, Illinois. They have three children and nine grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah.

Why do I love Dean Hughes, was it because I got a picture with him... MAYBE!!! He is so real and amazing all I can say Is I cannot wait to read his Children of the Promise series.


Mariama Kallon

Raised in war-torn Sierra Leone, Mariama Kallon saw many things as a young girl that might fill a person with fear and hatred. Soon after witnessing the violent murders of parents and siblings and spending her youth fleeing from rebels, she was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ and found hope in God and peace in a knowledge of eternal families. She was given a humanitarian kit by the Church, which became a treasured symbol of hope that she used to bless the lives of many as they again fled for their lives. After returning to her town, she was called on a mission to the Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission, and wept in gratitude to the Lord as she visited the place where her precious humanitarian kit was made. Today Mariama stands as an example of the divine purposes of humanitarian work and tells her story to numerous audiences, urging them to participate in this work. She currently resides and works in Salt Lake City, where she has attended LDS Business College. 

Wow the list I learned from this A-mazing sister. (MY NOTES)  Give time for prayer. By serving others are burdens are made lighter.  Mosiah 2:17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye my learn wisdom,   that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings yea are only in the service to god. 

There is power in forgiveness, there is healing in Forgiveness. You will find peace. Be grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ " Please don't take it for Granted" Hold on to the Iron Rod.  All that I am & will become I owe to the Savior. Christ is our foundation, we are not made to do it alone. Love & selflessness, turn to the savior. He will bless us. 

Anthony Sweat

Anthony Sweat has PhD in education from Utah State University. He is a full-time religious educator for the LDS Church, and also a speaker at Especially For Youth and Education Week conferences. He is currently the seminary principal at Bingham High Seminary in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anthony is the co-author of the best-selling Deseret Book publication Why?: Powerful Answers and Practical Reasons for Living LDS Standards and the author of the bookI’m Not Perfect. Can I Still go to Heaven?. His most recent book is HOW? Essential Skills for Living the Gospel. He and his wife Cindy are the parents of six children. 

(My notes) We as women have the spirit of Revelation. God is fair, life just isn't. There is 2 types of Fair The County & The state. haha.. 3 keys to help understand God is Fair. God test's u s uniquely & equally.
To be fair don't compare. Comparison is the enemy to gratitude. Everyone is in different situations with different needs. The atonement is the great equalizer of all injustice. Change your tune ... 5 powers of Atonement redeeming power of Jesus the changing Power, the strengthening power, the understanding Power. The Equalizing power of the atonement. The solutions to unfairness are not found in this world. His Promises are sure.


Merrilee Browne Boyack

Merrilee Boyack is a crazed woman who loves eating out and taking naps when she can. She is an estate-planning attorney who conducts her law practice from home. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business management—finance, and from University of Santa Clara Law School. Merrilee is also a professional lecturer, featured for many years at BYU Education Week, and a published author. Her interests include reading, camping, talking, eating, and helping children in Africa. She's now a pesco-vegetarian and is having to relearn how to cook! 

She is the author of several books and talks, including The Parenting Breakthrough, Strangling Your Husband Is Not an Option; Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy; and her most recent, In Trying Times, Just Keep Trying.Merrilee and her husband, Steve, reside in Poway, California, and have four sons, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way! 

(my notes)
B: Be Bold
E: Eternally Mindful
C: Creative
O: Outward focused
M: Meek
E: En-lighted

Blazing your own trail. Be Bold, faithful & fearless. We are strong women. All things are possible. No Matter what he asks of you. Reject Satan tempts to be worldly.. Remember we are spirit daughters of the best creator. We are women of outward focus & ignore Satan's selfishness. Seek to be meek & humble. We can reject Satan messages. Gain Strength Physically, Spiritually & Financially. Each of us has a unique mission. Be true to who you really are.

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I think we should have a little friend reunion and all go to Women's Education Week. Wouldn't that be fun?

Benson Family said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I went years ago when TOFW came to Columbia. I have read the children of the promise series and LOVED them!!!!