Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time Out for Women 2012

I was able to attend Time Out for Women this year again.  It was wonderful as always!  This years theme was "Seek the Good."  And all the presenters definitely inspired me to do just that in my own life.  Here is just a thought that I found especially poignant from each of the presenters.

Friday:

Jenny Oaks Baker - She showed a picture of her as a child being read to by her father, Dallin H. Oaks who at the time was the President of BYU and therefore a very busy man.  She reiterated her father's good, better and best advice - that we should be choosing to do what is most important.

Virginia H. Pierce - She spoke on forgiveness.  She said when we have a damaged relationship between us and another person, the most important relationship we need to repair is the relationship between us and our Savior.

Sherri Dew - She spoke about what we know as Latter Day Saint women.
  1. We know who we are and why we are here.
  2. We know why we are different from men.
  3. We know men and women are meant to be together.
  4. We know that a virtuous woman is more influential than a woman who is not.
  5. We know how to head and how to follow.
  6. We know who's church we belong to.
  7. We know women are vital to the church.
Saturday:

Mercy River: My favorite song they sang was "Better than a Hallelujah."

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Chris Williams - His family was hit by a teenage drunk driver, killing his wife, daughter and one of his sons.  His initial thought after the accident was that he had to let it all go and forgive the teenage driver.  He said, "I am grateful that God provides tragedies in our lives, because they teach us to love."

Sara Wells and Kate Jones from Our Best Bites - They talked about the reality of being a mother.  They pointed out that no one's family turns out the way they imagine.  Families are messy.  Life is messy.  The Lord is okay with that.

Brad Wilcox - He spoke of all the different names for Jesus Christ and their meanings.  He said not only do we learn Jesus' names, but he know ours.  His favorite title for Christ is Emmanuel because it means God with us.

John Bytheway - He encouraged us to surround ourselves with good because, "the way you spend your days becomes the way you spend your life."  He said surround yourself with greatness because you become what you surround yourself with.

Emily Freeman - She said we learn our lessons in the middle moments of our life stories, during the trials.  In those painful situation we learn:
  1. We learn that the Lord is mindful of us.
  2. We learn to trust in His word.
  3. We learn to trust His timing.
  4. We learn to trust His example.
  5. We learn to trust that sacrifice will lead to miracles.

1 comment:

Tennisa Nordfelt said...

So happy you got a TIME OUT!