CENTERVILLE - During LDS General Conference, Jeff and Heidi Peterson’s four children are involved in a number of activities to build their faith and make them think about the lessons conference provides.
“I heard years ago that there’s always an answer, and that you should come (to conference) with a question,” Centerville resident Heidi Peterson said. “I’ve always found that to be true.”
The 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. General sessions will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days, with the priesthood session scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Here in Utah, members who don’t have tickets to attend conference at the Conference Center, watch it on television, often as a family.
Because it sometimes take more focus to watch all session at home, members are encouraged to prepare for conference using a variety of techniques, from making sure everyday chores like housework and homework are done by Friday, to preparing meals in advance.
Others may have special activities planned during conference such as journaling.
The Petersons have four children ‘ a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl, and two boys ages 8 and 6 ‘ so activities the kids are involved in to prepare for conference are very different.
The teens, who attend LDS Seminary, are required to write something for class about what each speaker focused on and to comment on what the talks mean to them, Peterson said.
The younger two use packets prepared by the church to keep them focused and interested in the sessions.
“There’s a cute word search that’s like Bingo, where the kids put M &Ms on words they hear during conference,” Peterson said. It’s one of several activities found in the packet.
All four kids are also encouraged to have their questions ready.
“It makes them think. Then we try and review what answers they’ve found,” Peterson said.
“We usually do something special for dinner like preparing Japanese food after the Sunday afternoon session,” Peterson said. “We have time to cut and prepare it right after conference ends,” she said.
The Peterson’s activities fall in with three concepts put forth by LDS President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church who offered members ideas to prepare for conference.
The first: “Members of the church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at conference.”
The second: “Don’t discount a message merely because it sounds familiar.”
And the third: “The words spoken at general conference should be a compass that points the way for us during the coming months.”