“Time Out for Women was wonderful, but even better was being together with my sisters and my mother,” said Kendra Harvey of Phoenix. She was one of 5,500 Women from all areas of Arizona and several other states gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center on November 8-9 for Time Out For Women to be inspired and uplifted. Kendra’s family members left husbands willing and happy to tend children and traveled from St. David, Pomerene, and Corona de Tucson to experience the weekend together. For over 10 years, TOFW has given women the chance to take time off to step away from the daily demands and routines of life and to focus on building themselves spiritually.
Yvonne Mayberry from St. David also reunited with other family members from Bullhead City, Eager, and St. David to experience TOFW as a group. “I loved being together with my precious daughters and granddaughter to listen, to learn, and to have our tanks filled with spiritual fuel,” shared Yvonne.
While the women came to be fed spiritually, they brought with them boxes of macaroni & cheese, Goldfish cracker pouches, granola bars, instant oatmeal packets, cans of tuna, jars of peanut butter, individual raisin boxes, and crayons to donate to a local Food 4 Kids project. Women at the event helped assemble backpacks with the donated items to be donated to hungry kids in the area.
Friday night participants enjoyed musical performances by Hilary Weeks. Sheri Dew, president and Chief Executive Officer of Deseret Book Company, addressed the subject of what Mormon women know. Brad Wilcox spoke to the audience as well. Saturday speakers included Mary Ellen Edmunds, S. Michael Wilcox, Wendy Ulrich, Sandra Turley, and Laurel Christensen Day. Mercy River, a well-known trio of women singers, performed on Saturday in between speakers.
During the conference, Mary Ellen Edmunds spoke about “thinking with a purpose.” She taught that a mighty change in heart starts with a mighty change in mind. Mary Ellen said, “You can not plant carrot seeds and expect to grow watermelon.” Dana Elmer from Tucson was touched by her remarks and shared, “I came home with a desire to look for changes in my life first by changing the way I think about things. I am deciding now what spiritual and personal seeds I want to plant.” ###