Women’s Conference Weekly: The greatest champion of womanhood

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Here are some notes from the class I attended  at BYU Women’s Conference called “The World’s Greatest Champion of Woman and Womanhood is Jesus the Christ” by Cheryl Savage and Ann Marie Toone. Please forgive that I am not the most excellent note-taker in the world, but I tried to capture some points and thoughts and quotes that stood out to me as I listened, and hopefully you’ll find them enlightening as well.

From Cheryl Savage:

She opened up by describing her large, young, busy family, and then said, “This is my stage and my season. I am a warrior.”

She used one of my favorite President Packer quotes:

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”

Womanhood comes with its own set of messy mortality.

Satan has done his best to destroy women, but Jesus Christ is stronger than Satan.

Don’t measure your worth or your day by society’s standard.

Elder Craig C. Cardon:

“After we do all we can do, His compassion and grace are the means whereby “in process of time” we overcome the world through the enabling power of the Atonement. As we humbly seek this precious gift, “weak things become strong unto [us],” and by His strength, we are made able to do that which we could never do alone.”

Remember the big picture. Allow the Savior to help you. Find your joy and never forget it.

Cheryl posted up the complete transcript of her talk on her own blog, so go check it out in all its glory. I’m sure you’ll feel uplifted. (Oh, and she quoted my book a few times, which was so nice of her, but I still feel a little sheepish about it.)

From Anne Marie Toone:

Jesus Christ demonstrated deep familiarity with women’s lives. He appreciated them and ennobled them.

  1. Each woman is a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents.
  2. There is a plan.
  3. The Holy Ghost will help us know our role.

The Lord accepts our righteous offerings. He needs His daughters to receive, accept and fulfill their role.

He created men to need women, and He created women to need men.

He gives righteous women more lasting influence than women of the world. (I love that. I believe it so much. This is our great power.)

Women are expected to lead and counsel together with men.

Heavenly Father expects his daughters to use their influence to change the world.

She referred to Luke 10 to show that the story of Mary and Martha demonstrates that women could also participate spiritually in Jesus Christ’s work.

Christ was the greatest champion for us in the preexistence.

Question to consider:

If the Savior is my greatest champion, am I His?

These were both great talks. I could feel the spirit and the cheerleading of my Heavenly Father. He wants us to know how loved and needed and powerful we are. I know women and their work is valued and honored in His plan.

How do you know personally that Jesus Christ is a champion of you?

[Go here to see some of the women’s conference transcripts that are available as well as information about rebroadcasting on BYUTV.]

Women’s Conference Weekly: Set your DVR!

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As promised, I will be sharing more of my notes from the BYU Women’s Conference over the next several weeks, but I wanted to make sure that you all know that many of the talks will be rebroadcast on KBYU and BYUTV this coming week. You won’t want to miss these talks. The ones I heard in person were wonderful, and I’m excited to see those I missed while attending other workshops.  Click on the link below to check the schedule, and move quickly to get them recorded:

BYU WOMEN’S CONFERENCE REBROADCAST SCHEDULE

(As far as I can tell, both of those channels’ websites give you the option of watching live online, so you’re not out of luck if you don’t have satellite TV.)

Coming next week on Women’s Conference Weekly: Notes and thoughts from “The World’s Greatest Champion of Woman and Womanhood is Jesus the Christ” by Cheryl Savage and Ann Marie Toone

Quotes and Happenings from BYU Women’s Conference Day 2

Day two is over and I’m ready for a good night’s sleep. There were some great classes and talks today and I learned a lot. I also met some really wonderful people. One of the highlights of my day was meeting Annie Henrie, the artist whose work is on the cover of my book, and being able to tell her how much I love her work and how honored I feel to have my work connected to hers. I’m pretty sure we’re BFFs now.  Here are the tweets from today’s lessons, again in reverse chronological order. (And you can still click on the links to see photos, etc.)

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  1. Amen! I bear my testimony that God LOVES His daughters. #holyghostsaysso #byuwc #finaltweet

  2. Blessing from Pres. Eyring: You will feel by the Spirit his appreciation for your faithful service as His friend. #byuwc

  3. Can I leave “a glorious spiritual heritage” like John Taylor did? Am I a defender of the prophet? #thoughtsinspiredbyEyring #byuwc

  4. The gift if the HolyGhost in action= the gift he gives all His friends who are offering sanctification. #Eyring #byuwc

  5. The Lord’s power is greater than all the forces that that oppose His faithful servants. #Eyring #byuwc

  6. The Lord protects, guides, and watches over those who are His trusted friends. #Eyring #byuwc

  7. The friend of God is one for whom the Savior died. #Eyring #bookofjohn #byuwc

  8. There are physical and spiritual dangers for us and those we love. We will need divine protection. #presEyring #byuwc

  9. Gathering at the feet of a living prophet, seer, revelator. Waiting to hear Pres. Eyring. #thegospelisrestored #byuwc pic.twitter.com/hy4ybSO3Hy    View photo

  10. Singing all the longest hymns we know while Pres. Eyring is stuck in traffic. #waitingontheLord #byuwc pic.twitter.com/W6Krv1W55H   View photo

  11. Just because I can’t do it today doesn’t mean I can’t do it someday. #carlahansen #byuwc

  12. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The 2nd best time to plant a tree is today. # chineseproverb # carlahansen #byuwc

  13. The Lord needs healthy servants. He needs us to run and not be weary. #carlahansen #byuwc

  14. Count your blessings, not your blemishes. #katiedavis #byuwc

  15. You are worth more than a number on a scale. Your weight is not what defines you. #katiedavis #byuwc

  16. If you have a relationship you want to improve, try taking them for a walk. #katiedavis #byuwc

  17. D&C 59:19 Food enlivens the soul. Food is not the enemy. #katiedavis #byuwc

  18. Men can learn. Men can be taught. They don’t learn from criticism. They learn from a constant, elevating vision. #brosandberg #byuwc

  19. Making love begins in the kitchen. (Do the dishes.) #sandbergs #byuwc

  20. When we nurture love and friendship and marriage, we create a safe haven and a secure base. #sandbergs #byuwc

  21. “Pray for the love which allows you to see the good in your companion.” #eldernelson #sandbergs #byuwc

  22. When we love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, it’s manifest in the choices we make. #michelleking #byuwc

  23. In marriage, we have to avoid negativity just like we avoid pornography. #paraphrased #sandbergs #byuwc

  24. Charity is a state of becoming. It is a way of life that takes a lifetime to achieve. #michelleking #byuwc

  25. We become better and not bitter as we humble ourselves. #michelleking #byuwc

  26. “The most common problem in marriage is DRIFT. Life will do that to you if you are not intentional.” #sandbergs #byuwc

  27. “If you want something to last forever, you treat it different.” #elderhoward #sandbergs #byuwc

    NEXT WEEK, I’LL TRY TO TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE UP MY NOTES MORE THOROUGHLY AND SHARE THE MESSAGES FROM THE CLASSES I ATTENDED.  SO, HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND, BUT STAY TUNED….

     

 

Who’s coming?

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This week is Women’s Conference at BYU. It is two days of great classes, great speakers, and just an overall great opportunity to get away and feast on the word.

I think you should come. Click here to learn more about it.

If you’re not local or just can’t come, never fear! (“Never fear” makes me feel very superhero-ish.) I will be attending lots of great classes and I plan to blog about what I learn. You can go here to see posts I’ve written about women’s conference classes in the past. Also, this time around, I’m going to try to do something wild and crazy and use Twitter to send out some great quotes and fun experiences. I only created my Twitter account a few weeks ago and I don’t even really know how to use it well, but I’m going to try. My handle (which I think is Twitter-talk for username) is @SD_Sorensen and the hashtag (which is also Twitter-talk for something I totally don’t understand) for women’s conference is #byuwc. So there’s that. Over there ——-> (on my sidebar) there’s a place you can subscribe to follow my Twitter account if  you want to.

If you are going to Women’s Conference, I would love to meet you. I’ll be doing a book signing in the BYU Bookstore from 10:30-12:30 on Friday, so come by and say hello!  Since Mother’s Day is kind of the prime marketing time for my book I have several book signings scheduled over the next two weeks starting tomorrow.  Here’s a schedule in case you’d like to come visit or pick up books for gifts or whatever. If you do come, please introduce yourself.

UPCOMING BOOK SIGNING EVENTS for COVENANT MOTHERHOOD:
Wed. 5/1, 11-1, Lehi Costco
Fri. 5/3, 10:30-12:30, Women’s Conference, BYU Bookstore
Sat. 5/4, 2-5, Sandy Costco
Fri. 5/10, 5-7, Lindon Seagull Book
Sat. 5/11, 2-4, Redwood Road Seagull Book, SLC

After that, I’m going to lay in bed for a few days and let my children bring me chocolate bon bons on a silver platter. I’ll probably actually do lots of laundry and surf Facebook for hours with my eyes glazed over. Either way, I’ll recover.

So, in summary: Come. And if you can’t, stay tuned here on the blog or Twitter, and I’ll try to keep you posted. And if you can’t do that, then just send bon bons. I think that about covers it.

p.s. Special thanks to my husband who takes some time off every year so I can go to Women’s Conference. It’s my Mother’s Day gift. :)

If you ever needed a DVR …

Today and tomorrow, some principal talks from last month’s Women’s Conference will be rebroadcast on BYUTV.  I really hope you can watch them or at least record them to watch later.  They should all be wonderful, but I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to listen to Sister Beck’s talk.  It is phenomenal.  This schedule does not break down the exact times of each talk, but they will be broadcast consecutively over a 3-hour block.

Monday, May 16, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

“By Small and Simple Things”
Virginia H. Pearce

“Ideals Are Stars to Steer By: They Are
Not a Stick to Beat Ourselves With”

Barbara Thompson
President Cecil O. Samuelson

“The Best Measure of True Greatness Is
How Christlike We Are”

Kathy K. Clayton
Elaine S. Dalton

Friday Morning (April 29) Opening Session
Julie B. Beck

Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

“We Are Going to Do Something
Extraordinary”

Elaine L. Jack, Bonnie D. Parkin,
Mary Ellen Smoot, Barbara Winder,
Sharon Eubank (moderator)

“The Legacy of Relief Society”
Susan W. Tanner
John S. Tanner

“Visiting Teaching: Making a Difference
by Small and Simple Means”

Bridgette Blackwelder Server
Mary Ellen Edmunds

Wednesday, May 18, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

Friday Afternoon (April 29)
Closing Session

Elder David A. Bednar

“The Plan of Salvation:
One of Heaven’s
Best Gifts to Mankind”

Rosemary M. Wixom
Jean A. Stevens
Cheryl A. Esplin

“I Did Frankly Forgive Them”
Lolly S. Osguthorpe
Russell T. Osguthorpe

You can’t help but feel inspired as you listen to these messages.  If you’re feeling left out because you don’t live in Utah and don’t get satellite TV, I’m pretty sure you can watch them live on the internet here.  If watching them isn’t an option for you, you’re still not out of luck.  Transcripts should soon be available here so you can at least read them.

Good luck, and have a great week!

For your viewing pleasure…

Look, my blog had a makeover!  Matt said, “Whoa.” which of course I have no idea if that means it looks great or if he might stop recommending it to his friends.

Remember how I just got back from Women’s Conference a few weeks ago and loved it?  Well, I want to give you a heads-up on the upcoming broadcasts of some of the talks.  I put asterisks next to two of my favorites (plus my best guess for their specific time slot).  I haven’t seen all of them yet, because I attended some different classes, but I’m sure they’re all wonderful.  If you have BYU-TV (channel 374 on DirecTV) or know someone who can record these for you, you won’t regret watching them.  Great stuff here, great stuff.  Here’s the scheduling information:

Thursday, May 13 (BYUTV)

1:00–6:00 p.m. MDT

*“Choose Ye This Day to Serve the Lord”
Julie B. Beck  (1:00?)

Hearts Bound Together
Carol L. Clark

Arise and Shine Forth: Return to Virtue
Elaine S. Dalton, Mary N. Cook, Ann M. Dibb

“Truth Is Restored Again”
Ana Maria Coburn, Debbie J. Christensen

*Coming Together and Sustaining Each Other in Righteous Choices
Renata Forste (5:00?)

Friday, May 14 (BYUTV)

1:00–6:00 p.m. MDT

Reaching Near and Far: Welfare and Church Humanitarian Services
Silvia H. Allred, Barbara Thompson

“They Had Been Taught to Keep the Commandments of God and to Walk Uprightly before Him”
Rosemary M. Wixom, Jean A. Stevens, Cheryl A. Esplin

“Follow the Prophet”
Nancy Murphy, Heidi Swinton

“With Love towards One Another in All Things, and Under All Circumstances”
JoAnn Child, Marie K. Hafen

Friday Closing Session
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Kristen M. Oaks

If you haven’t voted for our Diapers and Divinity Poetry Contest winner yet, get crack-a-lackin’.  I have no idea why I just used that word.  Winners announced at the end of the day Wednesday.

And just because I found this today and I’m really excited to study it, I wanted to share it.

PDF: The Divine Nature and Destiny of Women
Pace, Glenn L.
March 09, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day!

You think I’m a little early, but I know what I’m doing.  I’d like to share a little strategy with you.  Every year for Mother’s Day, I buy myself a plane ticket and a ticket to Women’s Conference at BYU.  It’s two days of refueling, encouragement, escape, and girl power.  I just say, “For Mother’s Day, I want to go to Women’s Conference.”  And Matt, relieved that he doesn’t have to think of or buy any gift on his own, heartily consents.  (Plus I come back a better person.)

So, this is an invitation.  Come join the fun.  Let me know if you’ll be there and maybe we can coordinate our own bloggy-friends luncheon or dinner.  Click on the banner for more information.

And Happy Mother’s Day.