Time Out for Women heads Down Under

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 17 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

"We were all just really blown away by how appreciative they were," Christensen said. "We fell in love with both countries and the people very quickly."

At the Auckland event, Wilcox said the 1,500 women stood and sang the presenters.

"It took me completely off guard," Wilcox said. "It was so sweet to have them stand up and sing to us a medley of hymns."

Others posted their thanks on the Time Out for Women Facebook page.

"Thank you for finally coming to us," said Margarte Tourning, who attended the Sydney event. "We have waited — not so patiently — and now we have been blessed to have such an experience. … Lives have been blessed, hearts uplifted and buckets filled. Thank you."

The timing of the Sydney event on Pioneer Day weekend wasn't lost on Tanya Boylan.

"TOFW on Pioneers weekend for me marked a 'beginning' in the Aussie chapter of history — 2,000 Aussie 'women' Saints gathered for the first time ...and 'WE' become!" she wrote. "What a handcart moment! Thank you!"

Christensen said they hope to bring Time Out for Women events back to Australia and New Zealand and they've had requests from others in a dozen other countries for events. While no other international events have been scheduled, Deseret Book is evaluating the outcomes of the Sydney and New Zealand events.

For information on registration, presenters and locations see deseretbook.com/tofw or tofw.com.

'Choose to Become' tour

Sept. 9-10: Anchorage, Alaska*

Sept. 16-17: Logan, Utah

Oct. 7-8: Denver, Colo.

Oct. 14-15: Cincinnati; Reno, Nev.*

Oct. 21-22: Richmond, Va.*; Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 4-5: Phoenix*; Kansas City, Kan.

Nov. 11-12: St. George, Utah

Nov. 18-19: Salt Lake City

*Concurrent Time Out for Girls event on Saturday

Email: rappleye@desnews.com

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