By Cecily Markland
Elaine Dalton, former General Young Women’s President, will be the keynote speaker at Time to Blossom this June.
Time to Blossom, based in Mesa, has earned the reputation of a staple summer activity for junior high and high school age young women throughout Arizona.
The weeklong, highly interactive, educational and entertaining conferences are designed to empower young women with inner strength, courage, and confidence to reach their potential and find lasting happiness.
Cofounder Carla Jorgensen says, “The over-arching mission of Time to Blossom is for girls to be able to follow their mission in life, dream big, and have the confidence to implement those goals.”
While speaking with cofounder Debbie Forrest, Sister Dalton said, “We need more places where young women can go to be strengthened and have spiritual experiences.”
Sister Dalton believes, “One virtuous young woman, led by the Spirit, can change the world.”
At Time to Blossom, speakers like Sister Dalton along with other popular presenters and entertainers help teach such principles through instructive, inspiring sessions and activities.
“We want the girls to know they can create a life of joy and happiness. Yes, there will be challenges along the way, but as they stay focused and have confidence in themselves, they can create a powerful future and become and do all they desire,” Sister Forrest says.
The organization recently received 501(c)(3) non-profit status, which will bring more opportunities to the program through donations from citizens and companies. The founders do not make money from Time to Blossom; instead, all proceeds go directly into the program. Time to Blossom has awarded nearly 100 full and partial scholarships over the years to help financially burdened young women attend the conference. DownEast Basics Clothing gives scholarships and sponsors the fashion show every year and Scrapbooks Etc. sponsored the craft project last year. With many activities available for sponsorship, the most important is the service project, Sister Jorgensen says.
Each year, Time to Blossom features a large-scale service project. Past projects have benefitted orphaned children in Africa, children at Child Crisis Center in Mesa, missionaries in Brazil, and women at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation in Phoenix.
“When you serve others, you learn to love them. When you love others, you learn to love yourself,” Sister Jorgensen says, “and that is what we want the young women to learn.”
For this year ‘s project, conference participants will assemble special hygiene kits for girls in Africa through the organization Days for Girls (www.DaysForGirls.org).
“We hope to put together 500 kits, but at a cost of $10 per kit, that will be difficult for us to accomplish without help from the community,” she adds.
Conference organizers say their hope for Time to Blossom attendees is that, after spending a week of being immersed in uplifting and testimony-strengthening activities and talks, they will be filled with excitement for what their future holds.
For information about this year’s presenters, about registering for this year’s conference, sponsoring a young woman with a scholarship or helping the program in its future endeavors, please visit:www.TimeToBlossom.com.