Women’s Weekend 2017
Thank you for a wonderful weekend! Below you’ll find a list of resources from the conference.
Graphic Design Fundamentals
by Regan Ashford
Many people wish they knew how to create better flyers, invitations, church handouts, posters, and other projects, but most of us don’t consider ourselves artistic or creative enough. This class will debunk that line of thinking by teaching you the basic skills and knowledge you need to begin creating good designs, as well as providing resources for further learning and practice. Once you know the basics, you’ll discover your talents growing and becoming “more used!”
“As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2008
Regan Ashford’s love of using her computer to make things look better began at the age of 8, when her dad taught her how to mail merge her birthday invitations. The hobby provided a creative outlet and extra income throughout her school years (and beyond), and eventually led to a degree in advertising communications, with minors in art and marketing. While maintaining that she is not artistic, she worked in corporate marketing for several years and now continues to freelance from home creating newsletters, invitations, signs, online advertisements, and the occasional logo, in addition to lots of fun personal and church projects.
Regan was raised mostly in Utah, but married a native Austinite in 2001 and has been a Texan ever since. She and her husband, Brent, are the parents of two incredible daughters and live in the Parkside Ward.
Floral Design Basics Turning Store Bought Drab To Fab
by Lindsey Miller
In this course, you will learn basic floral design principles such as: flower handling and care, tools and tricks of the trade, color and composition, and how to make your store bought bouquets look like they came from a florist.
My name is Lindsey Miller and I just moved here to Austin in June. I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and have moved around quite a bit the last 11 years. My husband Logan just graduated from dental school in Omaha, NE at Creighton University. He bought a practice in Austin so that’s why we moved here! I have three beautiful and fun children- Austin (7), Wes (3), and Emmeline (1). My days are filled with the craziness that comes with little children, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I went to BYU-Idaho and got a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture with an emphasis in floral design. I worked at a floral shop in Idaho Falls for a year and a half. I have also done flowers for weddings and various events. I absolutely love designing flowers and hope to start up a wedding and event business someday. A few random facts about me- I love to go shopping (especially at Target), I love to dance, my favorite flowers are dahlias and peonies, and I’m a big foodie so I love eating at new restaurants.
Finding Your Physical Fit
by Shelley Monsen
Discover YOUR why and how to take care of your body physically in a way that allows you to keep up with all you need to do spiritually and temporally. Whether you are a mom, working professional, calling holder, student, or all the above, you can benefit from simplifying and/or adding this important element in your life. No exercise clothes or equipment needed for this informational class.
I grew up in West Jordan, Utah and received my degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University. My family and I lived in Norwalk, Connecticut (just outside NYC) for three years prior to our moving to Round Rock in 2013. I have three children, each of whom was born in a different state – Thaddeus (8-UT), Wesley (5-CT), and Evelyn (2-TX). I spend most of my days trying to keep up with my children and the various school and athletic activities they are involved in, but when I find a second to myself I enjoy reading, trying a new recipe, connecting with friends and family, and dating my husband. After graduating I worked as a personal trainer until Thad was born. My certification has lapsed and I don’t train others anymore, but my education has come in handy as I have adopted, used, and abandoned various workout regimes for myself and family members. My approach to personal fitness is just that—personal and full of adaptations, and I am hoping my experiences can help others.
by Michelle and Alexia Kaley
The Lord has blessed us with 24 hours in a day.. in this class we will discuss the “Best” ways to fill these hours and live our lives without the Guilt! Based on the conference talk “Good, Better, Best” by Dallin H Oaks. This class will talk about managing time and competing interests.
Michelle was born in the small surfing village of Huntington Beach California. Raised in Southern California, just down the street from Disneyland, she had no choice but to become a child actor!
Moving to Colorado at the end of her High School Career was not her favorite thing but she did end up meeting her Hunky Husband there so she has made peace with that! After High school Michelle attended college for a career in Surgical Nursing, along with opening her own Dance Studio.
Michelle and her Eternal Boyfriend were Sealed for time and all Eternity in the Gorgeous San Diego Temple. They will be celebrating their 19th year of Eternal Bliss this year!
Michelle has been blessed to raise 4 incredible humans! Alexia 16, Devan 15, Aubrey 11, and Landon 6. Michelle moved to Austin 10 years ago and has thoroughly loved living the Texas life! She is a dance and fitness instructor at The Dance Spot where she gets to hang out with amazing people, sing at the top of her lungs, dance till she can’t dance no more and she gets paid for it!! Michelle’s favorite thing to do is work with the youth, she has loved every second of her calling as YW’s President! Her newest career is as a Professional full time Cancer Patient! She has made so many new friends and learned so much on this new journey!
Alexia was born in Fort Collins CO. She lived in Denver until the age of 6 and has been here in Austin TX ever since.
She is the oldest of 4 and is often referred to as the other Momma in the house. Her Mother say’s she is never allowed to leave home but… Alexia has big plans to serve a Mission and attend BYU Hawaii where she wants to work as a sign language interpreter at the Polynesian Cultural art center and play her Ukulele! Her goal is to get her degree in History in Secondary Education with a minor in Dance. She wants to teach the next generation about this great country all while teaching them how to get their groove on!
Currently she is a Junior at Round Rock High School, a lover of Seminary, a Laurel class Secretary, a Dragonette Dancer, along with being on the Hip Hop team, En Croix Christian Dancers, Legacy dance team, National Honor Society, PALS, Learning Leaders, TAFE, ASL club, History UIL, and over 11 hours in dance classes a week. In her “Free Time” Alexia owns her own business (Dragon Knits), and strives toward her goal of reading all the good books ever written!
Let Us Go Up in Faith and Strength
by Nancy Messegee-Downing and Susan Messegee
Susan and Nancy will be sharing stories of dramatic transitions in their own lives, from which–and along with Elder Klebingat’s October 2014 General Conference talk and various hymns–they will highlight principles that can be applied to anyone’s unique situation. You’ll be taking a self-discovery quiz (or two) as part of your ongoing exploration of how to gracefully navigate your own life’s transitions with faith and strength; together, we’ll support each other in progressing.
Susan Messegee Bio
Born: upstate New York during WW II
Lived: Upstate New York; Phoenix; Provo; San Francisco; Baltimore; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Salt Lake City; Wrangell, Alaska; Scottsdale, AZ; Skagway, AK; Bainbridge Island, WA; Olympia, WA; Missouri; & Austin, TX.
Family: Six children (the first was born in upstate New York, the second in Salt Lake City, and the other four in Alaska)
Weird fact: I graduated from college the same year as my oldest child.
Professions: Mother, student, City Planner
Retirement: A dream my husband and I shared, but which cancer deprived him of – living on a 40-acre farm in Missouri. I stayed 5 years. Raised chickens. Drove a 1949 8N Ford tractor. Wrote a novel. Sold my herbs and baked goods at a local farmers’ market.
Second Retirement: Austin, TX . I live down the street from two of my daughters. My son who built the farmhouse lives in Leander. My other three children and their families live in other states. I have 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, my family, the earth, working outside, traveling, reading, and watching movies.
Nancy Messegee-Downing Bio
My life’s theme is “God is my God, and I am His covenant daughter,” and next to the centrality of that everything relationship is my adoration of and devotion to my husband, Rich, our three young-adult sons, and—as of just this past April—our daughter (in-law, but I claim her as my very own!) and 4-year-old granddaughter. My youngest son would say that the thing he’s heard me say most—after “I love you”—is, “Let’s think about this.” I always want to take whatever I’m working on to the next level, not in busyness or complication, but in betterment and beauty; I crave learning and growth and progress. I love art and architecture, sunshine and heat, long walks (in the sunshine), yoga (in the heat), challenging books, very dark chocolate, lemons, the color raspberry pink (well, and every other color, because what’s not to love about color?!), dogs (and creatures in general), and people of all ages and varieties being amazing and gorgeous in their own glorious ways.
Making Motherhood Feel "More Blessed and Holy"
by Lorie Albright
We know that motherhood is a blessed and holy calling, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Together we will discuss ways to decrease the discouragement and frustration that often accompany parenting and find more happiness in family life.
Lorie Albright is a member of the Great Oaks Ward and has lived in the Round Rock Texas Stake for 7 years. She was born and raised in Arizona and graduated from Arizona State with a degree in Elementary Education. It was while at ASU that she met her husband, Jon, and they will be celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary this year. Lorie has four wonderful kids and is trying to enjoy the chaos of currently having one in preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school at the same time.
More Faith in My Savior
by Christi Boyles
This is a class for the broken hearted – whether it’s been bullying at school, loneliness, loss of a friendship, loss of a loved one, divorce, mental illness, etc. We will be discussing our personal relationship with the Savior and how He will always be there for us to have our back and to help us to heal.
Hi! My name is Christi Boyles and I moved to Texas 2 1/2 years ago from Utah with my family. I have an amazing husband, and four wonderful children, 2 girls and 2 boys ages 14-3. I love to crochet and am an admitted TV junkie (the crocheting is really an excuse to watch TV without feeling as guilty about it!!!). I also love to volunteer at a Non-profit organization called Open My World where special needs kids do physical therapy with horses! I went to BYU where I majored in English because one of my other hobbies (when my kids will let me do it) is reading- I’m a total sucker for romance novels (the clean ones!)!!! My favorite place in the world is Disneyland and I hope to one day be able to take my family to Disney World!!!
by Mindy Mickelson
How to have open communication about issues of morality and chastity in our homes. A topic that sometimes feels taboo or awkward doesn’t have to be so difficult. A workshop appropriate for both mothers and daughters.
Mindy Mickelson grew up in a small town in northern Utah with five brothers and sisters. In 2000, she moved to Provo when she married her husband, Steven. After she had her 1st child, Bradley, they moved to Houston, TX where they had their 2nd child, Amelia. After her husband’s graduate school program in Houston, they moved to Round Rock. They’ve lived here now for almost 10 years and have had 2 more daughters, Olivia & Claire. Right now they are keeping her busy in three different schools and a variety of extracurricular activities.
Mindy has been teaching piano for over 8 years and has had over 100 students – not at the same time! She also works part-time out of her home doing office work for a local clinician. One thing you may not know about Mindy is that she doesn’t have any piercings, used to teach yoga, and has an amazing singing voice in bathroom acoustics. She’s typically a homebody but loves to attend a good concert, let someone else cook for her, and make people laugh.
The Living Church – Perfection and Where to Draw the Line
by Gretchen Smith
Jesus Christ is the head of the Church and we have a living prophet who is directed by God. President Howard W. Hunter taught, “If we follow the advice, counsel, and teachings of the leaders of the Church in their instruction to us, we will not go amiss in that which is important for our own personal salvation and exaltation.” How can we trust imperfect people to help lead us to perfection?
Gretchen Smith was born in California and grew up living in Southern California, Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is no longer fluent in Japanese, but is still fluent in Californian. Gretchen attended BYU and got a BS in Electrical Engineering (where all her professors and classmates knew her name because, of the two girls, she was the brunette). She blames having gray hair in her thirties on all-nighters in the computer lab and engineering tests where the high score was a 56%. While at BYU she met and married her husband Marshall, a Computer Engineering major. As two geeks, they’re desperately trying to teach their three children (ages 12, 10, and 7) to carry on normal conversations. They moved to the Austin area 11 years ago and have been in the Brushy Creek Ward for 9 years. Gretchen volunteers as the “Science Lab Mom” at Great Oaks Elementary where it is now understood that you DO NOT put beakers away unwashed. She expresses her creative side through a wide variety of constantly changing hobbies such as sewing, cooking, and photography. All in all, Gretchen loves her perfectly imperfect life.
There is Hope Smiling Brightly Before Us
by Robert and Julie Jackson
Hope in God, His goodness, and His power refresh us with courage during
difficult challenges. We can find hope in His words and our personal Patriarchal Blessings.
Julie & Robert met in college and were married in the St. George, Utah temple. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Jenny and Rachel and grandparents to four loving grandchildren, London, Kingston, Brighton and Bristol. They love and appreciate Jenny’s husband, Justin Polson. They are deeply grateful for their family.
Julie & Robert moved to Round Rock twenty-three years ago and have enjoyed knowing and working with many wonderful members over the years. They lived in Delaware, Brazil, Venezuela, South Carolina and several other places before settling in Texas. Julie is an associate professor and Robert is a business manager and lecturer at Texas State University. Julie and Robert love children and learning.
“The Infinite Power of Hope” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 2008 General Conference