The first speaker of the conference told us when we have hard days to think back and remember the feeling of sitting in the Marriott Center with so many other righteous women. It really is amazing. So often as a mother I feel that I am in hand to hand combat with Satan, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone. To sit in a room full of others who share my convictions and goals to raise a righteous family is fortifying in a way that is hard to describe. This is one of the reasons I go to Women's Conference. That and the food.
After the first general session, my sisters and I headed up to the conference center where we listened to a wonderful class given by Chad and Michelle Lewis titled: Mormon's Warning: Arming your home and family. While we listened we made these bunnies. Their cuteness is somewhat questionable, but hopefully they will be given to children with nothing and that will make them look better. They are certainly better than nothing. That or blind children might enjoy them as well.
Jen poses with her cute blue bunny.
Look I made a purple one.
A BYU Brownie and my picture with the new General Relief Society president, how could this day get any better?
But wait there's more.
And then it was back to the Marriott Center for the evening concert hosted once again by Hilary Weeks. I got my picture with her last year, in case you forgot. This evening was a tribute to Relief Society complete with a visit from Eliza R Snow. It was very moving and I would have to say one of the best.
I didn't really have any classes picked out for Friday, but I noticed that Blaine Fowler and his wife were teaching a class. He is a sportscaster and often calls BYU Football and Basketball games. I knew that I had to go to his class and see if I could get a picture with him. When I got there I asked the lady at the door if she thought I might get a picture. She said she wasn't sure because he wasn't there yet. I went and set up position in a seat on the front row in the preferred stalking section. It wasn't too long before the lady brought Blaine up to me and said "This is the lady that wants a picture with you." How nice was that of her to facilitate my stalking?
was a quarterback at BYU when I was at school there. And he went on to be a sports broadcaster. I have watched him call games on TV many times. He was very kind and a bit shocked that I would want a picture with him. Look how well he masked his inner terror in this picture? His wife was also kind to share him for a minute as if she had a choice or anything."
And here is one more at the end of the day. Look at the crowd thinning out behind us. And look how cute we are with our matching bags. Too bad I missed the memo about bending my arm and hence ended up looking like my arm was amputated. For any of you concerned, I do in fact have a hand at the end of my arm.
And so another successful Women's Conference comes to an end. Sigh. It is hard to say which part is my favorite: the speakers, or the classes, or the spirit, or the General Authorities, or the General Auxiliary Presidencies, or the musical performances, or the food, or the stalking, or the service, or the time with sisters, or the shopping in the bookstore. Pretty much all of it is my favorite part and makes it two days of the year I can not do without.