You can do more than just watch General Conference.
There are several things people of all ages can do to get ready for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ upcoming General Conference, which will be held April 1 and 2 at the Conference Center in Salt Lake. From doing advanced reading to having activities ready for the kids while they watch the sessions on TV, there are a lot of things church members can do in order to make sure they get as much out of General Conference as possible.
“Decide now to make general conference a priority in your life,” said Paul V. Johnson, of the First Quorum of the Seventy. “Decide to listen carefully and follow the teachings that are given. Listen to or read the talks more than once to better understand and follow the counsel. By doing these things, the gates of hell will not prevail against you, the powers of darkness will be dispersed from before you, and the heavens will shake for your good.”
Start a Conference notebook
It can be hard to remember your favorite bits of conference, whether it be the title of an entire talk or a single line or story in several.
To make things easier to remember, church leaders suggest keeping a Conference notebook where you write down notes on your favorite passages and speakers. Later, when the text versions of the talks appear online, your notes can help you find the complete text of your favorite talks.
The notebook is also a good place to record any personal thoughts or insights you might have during Conference. Whether you pair them with later re-reads of the relevant talks or not, the notes can serve as a journal entry that will help you remember your thoughts and serve as a prompt for potential future research.
As members of the Church can find answers to personal revelations in the scriptures, they can also find answers from the talks in General Conference. In order to get the clearest answers to any questions you might have, or any struggles you might be facing, pray to be open to any revelation. Then write the answer down in your Conference notebook so it’s always in front of you, pondering it as you listen to the speakers.
“Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase,” said Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song. A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings of life and an earnest desire to hear and follow the words of counsel will prepare the way for personal revelation.”
Don’t forget the kids
In order to help children concentrate on the speakers, it can help to give them activities. They can start their own Conference notebooks, where older children can take notes and younger children can draw pictures inspired by each talk. Lds.org has a General Conference Bingo card parents can print out that allows kids to mark each concept as it’s discussed, and parents can create their own tally sheets if they want.