For many Latter-day Saint families around the world, General Conference isn’t just a time to listen to prophets and apostles; it’s a time to draw closer together as a family. While most of us have heard about cinnamon rolls and Conference Bingo, here are some fresh and unique traditions you can start this conference.
Share your General Conference traditions in the comments and why you love them!
Family Service Project
General Conference is a great time to serve others and invite a special spirit into your hearts. Consider holding a family service project. You can do it anytime over Conference weekend, whether it is the Friday before or in-between sessions. There may be something you can do in your community or you can stay at home and create something for someone else. No matter how big or small, simply serving will enhance your Conference experience and bring everyone together once the sessions are over.
Build a Tent
Thanks to modern technology, many families can enjoy General Conference from the comfort of their own home. Add a bit of fun to engage children by building a tent in your living room. As you’re building, discuss Mosiah 2:6:
And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them;
Talk about how you’re having your tents towards the prophets so you can hear their words. Just make sure not to put too many blankets and pillows or everyone may fall asleep.
Make some temple cookies this conference. They’re the perfect snack for all the sessions and they provide a great opportunity to learn a new skill (baking) while discussing something important (the temple).
You can get a template online or use a pre-made cookie-cutter like this one.
Gather together with your closest friends and family at a General Conference potluck. You can gather as a ward on Sunday during the break between sessions or as a large family before the Saturday evening session. It’s also an especially great opportunity to include those who may be alone over General Conference.
This tradition is inspired by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Every session of General Conference, President Uchtdorf wears a new tie. A new tie makes for a great gift and can especially set apart the priesthood session as a special and sacred time for boys and men. However, you don’t have to leave the girls out. There are many special bows and ties made for girl’s collared shirts that look elegant and classy. They may even love a regular tie.
General Conference is wonderful and inspiring. Each talk is meant to deepen our discipleship and draw us closer to Jesus Christ. However, implementing the things we learn can be hard. Consider having a family council after General Conference is over. Discuss what has inspired you and how you want to change. Set meaningful and specific goals. Follow up in the coming weeks and months. Before the next General Conference begins, go over how you did in the last six months.