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General Relief Society Meeting

Last night I joined some friends from church to attend our annual worldwide meeting for our women's group, the Relief Society, that is broadcast from Salt Lake City via satellite all over the world. Did you know that the Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the world? The talks were inspirational and the night was uplifting, followed by dinner out at Carino's with a group of nine of us. I took pictures of everyone, no surprise there since I take my camera with me almost everywhere. Everyone asked if I was going to post them on my blog and I said I wasn't, but I changed my mind. I love these wonderful women and wanted to show you some of the most remarkable, compassionate, loving, kind, awesome people that I get to enjoy on a regular basis. I love 'em all. This one of Lindsey was taken today after church. She didn't go with us, but next year at this time, she'll be 18 and a senior, and can go too! Here's Liz on the left, my awesome visiting teaching partner, and Michele, who is in the Relief Society presidency with me. We go way back serving together from the Young Women's organization and have developed a deep love for each other along the way.
Here's me, sunburned from being outside several hours yesterday for our neighborhood garage sale that I participated in for once, with Michelle, my son's pediatric dentist, and I visit teach her. This night out counted as one of our official monthly visits as the doc's schedule is packed and it's hard for her to squeeze in a traditional appointment with us.
Here is Shana, who teaches Relief Society on the fourth Sunday of the month for our Teaching For Our Time lessons (I love when she teaches), and Cheryl, who was previously the head of the ward Activities Committee with her husband, but she is now a counselor in the Young Women's. Next is Jenn, who is an assistant ward music person, in addition to being a graduate of the University of Texas music department. Both Jenn and Cheryl have lovely singing voices.
Here is Paige, one of those naturally gifted, likable, all-around amazing women, who seems to fit in well with anyone, and everyone is drawn to her. She's a Sunday School teacher for the young teens. Jennie is next to her and is an incredible homemaker, baker, seamstress, organizer, etc. She has six kids and takes home the grand prize for being the one with the most children at our table.
Now you see what I'm talking about. I love all my friends and have such a wonderful time on the rare moment that we get together for events like this. I can't wait until next year!


Lonna said…
Well that looks like a really fun time. I loved the broadcast, and I have to say that Brother Uchtdorf and have a little something in common, I think that eggs and burnt toast are one of the only things that I can cook too.
AUGH! You promised! Or I thought you did. Guess I wasn't paying enough attention - too much diet coke. :-P

That was such a fun night! And I'm looking so forward to party night. Tho I have to get a sitter because dh is out of town. Do you know if Linds is busy?

(The pseudonyms are up, btw!)
Kelly said…
Hey mommmy, I will check with Lindsey and have her give you a call. You're the first to ask, so that's a good sign.

Did I promise? I thought I just said I would delete anything that made someone not look very good, but I think everyone looks nice. Can't wait to check out the nombres.
i thought it was a great night. the broadcast was so great and how can you not have a great time at ladies night out? it was actually just what i needed after a hard week and working through some internal struggles. you are so sweet kelly. i always enjoy hanging out with you. have you an amazing ability to make anyone feel better about themselves. I can't wait until the next girls night!!
Julie V. said…
cute friends. I need to take some pictures of my friends! You have inspired me now. Lindsey looks lovely in the photo. I love her hair.
Francie said…
That is a gorgeous photo of Lindsey! I do hope you take some pics after your landscaping is completed.
Kellie said…
Love all of these ladies! Wasn't the broadcast just inspiring?? Just what I needed!
~ Tina said…
Very fun night out!
Love the picture of you and the dental girl - she's got a great blouse/necklace combo! FUN!
you all make me feel very humble... what a group of "do-ers"
way to go!
~ Tina said…
Lindsey's hair looks really good - and so does yours! I agree with one of your friends - you have a gift of socializing and making others feel good about themselves!
Heidi said…
Can you believe Lindsey is almost 18!?! That is exciting and crazy. I loved the broadcast and wish I could have made it into a fun ladies night like you did!
Looks like a fun night! Carinos is Ben's and my favorite restaurant.
I, too, loved the broadcast. I told Ben he would have to do bedtime for the boys because there was no way I was going to miss the RS broadcast. Br. Uchtdorf's talk was absolutely phenomenal.
Bobbi said…
The meeting was great. I "went" with a good friend, too--Sherm! We haven't had much one-on-one time lately, so he suggested that we go make dinner up at the cabin and watch the rebroadcast together on TV at 8 p.m. I went to the ward and participated in a service project, and then we drove up through the fall leaves. It was a nice evening.
Aren't you grateful for good friends? Women who lift you by example and caring? True blessings, indeed.
Maryanne said…
At first glance I thought Paige was your sister Julie! I thought..."how did SHE get down there?" :)

What a fun thing you did with your friends. We missed the conference due to a little weekend get-away with extended family. I love those conferences so much as I always come away totally inspired. You'll love getting to have Lindsey join you next year. Is she THAT old?! Are WE that old?!

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