With General Conference coming up in a few weeks, now is the time to start preparing for the messages we will hear from our Apostles and Prophets. Check out this great family home evening lesson on General Conference! Scripture: D&C 44:2 Hymn: Seek The Lord Early or Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice Lesson: Show and talk about pictures of the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles or Read President Uchtdorf’s three basic steps of preparing for General Conference Treat: Lucky Green Velvet Baby Cakes or Brownie Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies Activity: Prophets and Apostles Matching Game or "Fruit Salad" •View entire lesson...

General Conference

FHE Scripture

Scripture

D&C 44:2

2- And it shall come to pass, that inasmuch as they are faithful, and exercise faith in me, I will pour out my Spirit upon them in the day that they assemble themselves together.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

Seek The Lord Early – Children’s Songbook #108 or Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice – Hymn #21

Seek The Lord Early

I’ll seek the Lord early while in my youth,
And he will help me to know the truth.
I’ll search the scriptures and find him there,
Then go to our Father in fervent prayer.
I’ll seek the Lord early, and I’ll obey
His living prophets in all they say.
I’ll keep his commandments; his love will abound.
I will seek the Lord early, and he will be found.

Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice
1. Come, listen to a prophet’s voice,
And hear the word of God,
And in the way of truth rejoice,
And sing for joy aloud.
We’ve found the way the prophets went
Who lived in days of yore.
Another prophet now is sent
This knowledge to restore.

2. The gloom of sullen darkness spread
Thru earth’s extended space
Is banished by our living Head,
And God has shown his face.
Thru erring schemes in days now past
The world has gone astray;
Yet Saints of God have found at last
The straight and narrow way.

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Show pictures of the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles. Discuss ways to prepare for General Conference and and create a list of questions your family has as you approach General Conference. Testify of the living prophets and the importance of listening to their words in General Conference.

Show pictures of each member of the First Presidency as well as each of the Twelve Apostles. (Can be found on here.) Together as a family, try and identify each one. If time permits, you may even want to read or tell stories or fun facts about some of your family’s favorite Apostles (Can also be found here).

Brainstorm different ways we can each prepare for General Conference.

Create a list of questions, as a family or individually, that you have as you approach general conference. Young children can even draw pictures of things they want to hear the Apostles and Prophets speak about in General Conference.

Testify of the living prophets and the importance of listening to their words in General Conference. 

 

*For Teenagers or Adults* Read and discuss President Uchtdorf’s three basic steps of preparing for General Conference. Create a list of questions you would like to have answered during General Conference. Testify of the living prophets and the importance of listening to their words in General Conference.

Read and discuss President Uchtdorf’s three basic steps of preparing for General Conference. For the full talk, click here

1. Members of the Church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at general conference.

As you prepare for general conference, I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. For example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing.

Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase. 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.

2. Don’t discount a message merely because it sounds familiar.

Prophets have always taught by repetition; it is a law of learning. You will hear repetition in themes and doctrines in general conference. Let me reassure you: this is not due to a lack of creativity or imagination. We continue to hear messages on similar issues because the Lord is teaching and impressing upon our minds and hearts certain foundational principles of great eternal importance that must be understood and acted upon before we can move on to other things. A wise builder first lays the foundation before erecting the walls and the roof.

3. The words spoken at general conference should be a compass that points the way for us during the coming months.

If we listen to and follow the promptings of the Spirit, they will serve as a Liahona, guiding us through the unknown, challenging valleys and mountains that are ahead (see 1 Nephi 16).

Since the world began, God has raised up prophets who speak the will of heaven to the people of their times. It is our responsibility to listen and then apply the messages the Lord provides for us.

Our merciful and loving Heavenly Father has not forsaken and will not forsake His children. Today, as well as in times past, He has appointed apostles and prophets. He continues to reveal His word to them.

What a marvelous privilege it is to hear God’s messages for each of us during general conference! Let us prepare well for this great blessing of divine guidance delivered by His chosen servants.

For this is no ordinary blessing.

As a family, or individually, create a list of questions you might have that you would like answered during General Conference.

Testify of the living prophets and the importance of listening to their words in General Conference.

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Lucky Green Velvet Baby Cakes or Brownie Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lucky Green Velvet Baby Cakes

Ingredients:

1 Box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 Cup plain yogurt or sour cream
5-8 drops Green decorating paste (food coloring will work, just won’t be as bright green)

Frosting:

8 oz softened cream cheese
1 stick softened butter
1 lb powdered sugar
Yellow food coloring or decorating paste is what I used
Gold Pearl Dust or Sprinkles if desired

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, add cake mix, eggs, water, oil, pudding, and yogurt. Beat on medium for 1 1/2 minutes. Slowly beat in 5-8 drops of green decorating paste until you get desired color of green. Scoop batter into paper lined mini cupcake tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool completely.

2. To prepare frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until creamy and thick. Divide frosting into 2 bowls then add in a few drops of yellow food coloring or decorating paste into one.

3. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with gold pearl dust or sprinkles if desired.

Makes 36 mini cupcakes

Brownie Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup prepared brownie mix, chilled
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

2. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined. Add brownie batter, mixing until well combined.

3. Place flour, salt and soda into a large bowl, mixing to combine. Add to wet ingredients mixing to combine then add chocolate chips to combine. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cookies are cooked through. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Let cool completely then enjoy with a large glass of milk.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

(Recipes taken from picky-palate.com)

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

 

1- Prophets and Apostles Matching Game – Play an online matching game at lds.org. Click here to go to the page.

2- Play Fruit Salad –

  • Have everyone sit in a chair, arranged in a circle facing inwards. Select one person to be in the middle and remove his or her chair from the circle.
  • Explain the rules: The person in the middle needs to say something that applies to at least 2 people in the circle. For example, “Anyone who has a pet”, “Anyone who is wearing jeans”, “Anyone who has a brother or sister”, “Anyone wearing the color purple”. If the person’s statement applies to someone sitting in the circle, that person has to move from his or her seat and sit in a different chair. If the person says “Fruit Salad”, then everyone needs to move to a different chair.
  • The person in the middle tries to sit down. There’ll be one person left without a chair- this person will be the next person in the middle of the circle. The standing person starts a new round by saying a different statement.
  • Note: People cannot move to seats on their immediate left or right. For example, a person is allowed sit two seats away, but they cannot move to the left or right of their current chairs.

 

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is loves organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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    Jennifer Tzoumas

    I’m getting back into doing FHE, and this is the lesson I’m starting off with! Hoping it will be great!

    • Abby

      Jennifer, I’m glad you’re getting back into doing FHE! Let us know how the lesson goes… I’m sure it will be great!

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    Awesome FHE lesson! I have three teenagers who are now more prepared than ever to listen to conference this weekend! Thank you for the tips! And the cupcakes were delicious!

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