In her October conference message, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson said, “Young women . . . need to see themselves as essential participants in the priesthood-directed work of salvation and not just as onlookers and supporters.” The Time to Blossom Young Women’s Conference seeks to help girls do just that.
The week-long conference, held this year from June 12 – 16 in Mesa, empowers young women to live Church standards, to become confident speakers and leaders, to cultivate healthy body images and to achieve their potentials as daughters of God.
“The program is tailored to accommodate a variety of topics that are spiritual, social, and educational, and also focus on inner beauty, outer beauty, and leadership, all taught by exceptional speakers who center their talks on the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” reports the Time to Blossom website.
“Young women learn they have a divine mission to fulfill, have unlimited potential, and can do great things in the world because they are exposed to exceptional role models.”
Some of these role models for the 2017 conference include Elaine Dalton, Former General Young Women’s President, BYU religion professor Hank Smith and Jester’Z Improv Comedy Show, who specializes in clean, family-friendly comedy.
Young women will also participate in service at Feed My Starving Children, strut their stuff in a modest fashion show sponsored by DownEast Basics, get down at dance parties and learn new skills through crafts.
Participants can opt for a day camp experience or can stay overnight at the Hyatt Place Hotel. Registration for the overnight camp is $450 ($298 for day campers) until May, when registration goes up to $480 for girls staying overnight ($320 for day campers). A limited number of scholarships are available for women with financial burdens that would restrict them from attending.
Many would agree that the participation fee is well worth the spiritual growth. “Being a teenager can be hard and I was having a difficult time finding myself, but now there is no confusion in who I am or what I am to do,” said one Time to Blossom attendee.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.ywconference.com/ and follow the conference on Instagram @ywconference.