Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sweet Assurance

The theme of Time Out for Women this year was Sweet Assurance: the certainty that comes when you know life's truths. I was so glad that I got another opportunity to attend this year. The focus of each of the talks and the music was to bear testimony of the truths that govern our lives and that have been taught to us by the Savior, through his life and example. Over 3,000 women attended!!

All of the presenters were inspiring! I loved Kenneth Cope's music and Hillary Weeks will always be one of my all-time favorites...she is so funny and talented.  But I think my favorite presentation this year was by Emily Freeman.  Her talk was so moving and the principles she was teaching really resonated with me. She talked about abundance and how sometimes the simplest acts can bring an abundance of blessings.  She told sweet stories that illustrated the true principles of service and love, and she really motivated me to find ways in my own life that I can try to find a greater abundance of God's love.

The funny ladies of the seminar were Mary Ellen Edmunds and Emily Watts. I totally related to Emily's advice on parenting. She reaffirmed my belief that being a parent is one of the hardest things I'll ever do, but that it is worth waiting for our little "fruits" to ripen.  Oh, and I should probably include Chieko Okazaki in this group too. She reminded us at the beginning of her remarks that she is almost 83 years old. What an amazing lady!

I'm planning to make this event an annual tradition. I love taking this time to reaffirm my faith, to hear people with more wit and wisdom than I have inspire me to action, and to share the experience with other women of faith. The plan, according to the show director, is to alternate the venues from Vegas to St. George each year. That will be great! If it's always that close to home, I'll be there!

Before the show ended, we were challenged to share one thing we know to be true today. My truth is this: I know we are meant to be happy; that happiness is all God wants for us and everything He asks us to do is designed to bring us joy. Sometimes it's hard to accept that it might be that easy and we find ways to make it more complicated than it has to be, but I know that if we do His will we will be blessed with more joy than we can handle. Knowing this brings me peace and assurance even in the worst of times!


Melanie and Curtis said...

AMEN Tonya! I loved reading your thoughts since they are fresh in my mind also. My sisters and I all agreed that Hilary is definitely a favorite and that the Emily's were the best. It is so great to be spiritually fed isn't it? I was so happy walking out of there today. Thanks for sharing your testimony. You are one of life's sweet assurances to that you are a dear friend who continues to build me up. THANKS!

Joe and Julianne said...

Make sure I am on your invite list again next year! I am sad I missed out :( It is hard when there are so many good things to choose from. Your post is inspiring!!! You are such an amazing woman!

Katie said...

Thanks so much for thinking of me, Tonya. I wish I could have made it. I've been so excited to hear your recap. It is so inspiring. I also have to say that I loved your post about "a house of order". I've been feeling like that a lot lately also. You'll have to tell me what works for your family. I'd love dome fresh ideas for implementing.