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“And these are the words which he spake and caused to be written, saying: My brethren, all ye that have assembled yourselves together, you that can hear my words which I shall speak unto you this day; for I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.”
Latter-day prophets are: number one,
Joseph Smith; then Brigham Young;
John Taylor came third, we know;
Then Wilford Woodruff; Lorenzo Snow;
Joseph F. Smith (remember the F);
Heber J. Grant; and George Albert Smith;
David O. McKay was followed by Joseph Fielding Smith,
Then Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball,
Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter,
Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson.
These are the latter-day prophets.
*For Younger Children*
Read aloud: “Conference is coming up this weekend! Who is excited? We should be excited because we are so blessed that we can hear our prophet tell us what the Lord wants us to hear. The messages given at Conference are meant for you and me!
Ask the following questions:
Who is the prophet today?
What is your favorite part of Conference?
Read aloud: Conference or gatherings like this have been around for a long time. The Lord knows it is important for us to hear from our prophet and other church leaders. For example, in the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin gathered the members of the church, and all others who wanted to listen, to teach them more about The Gospel. The Lord loves us SO much to give us prophets!
If you have any questions or something worrying you, you can pray to get an answer at Conference. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you and want you to be happy. General Conference is a way that you can get answers to your questions and worries.
Ask the following question:
What can you do to prepare for Conference?
Discuss ways that as a family you can prepare for conference.
This link is from www.lds.org and will lead you to activities that can be done to prepare for general conference and ones that can be done while listening to general conference.
*For Teenagers or Adults*
Read aloud: Conference comes twice a year. It becomes easy to get into the rut of thinking that it’s not a miraculous event. Conference is the opportunity to hear God’s word for our day and for our personal lives. To take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, it does require some preparation. Going to conference prayerfully with a question is a great way to prepare.
Ask the following questions:
What are ways you can prepare for Conference?
What things can you do to help yourself pay attention during Conference?
Read aloud: President Uchtdorf has excellent advice about how to make the most of conference. If you follow his advice, you’ll make General Conference this fall a meaningful experience.
A fine member of the Church was talking with a neighbor who was not of our faith. When the topic of discussion turned to general conference, the neighbor asked, “You say you have prophets and apostles? And twice a year in a worldwide conference they reveal the word of God?”
“Absolutely,” the member replied with confidence.
The neighbor thought about that for a moment. He seemed genuinely interested and then asked, “What did they say in the last general conference?”
At this point the good member of the Church went from feeling excited about sharing the gospel to feeling embarrassed. Try as he might, he couldn’t think of the details of a single talk. His friend found this troubling and said, “You mean to tell me that God speaks to man in our day and you can’t remember what He said?” The brother felt humbled by this exchange. He vowed that he would do better to remember the words spoken by the Lord’s servants in general conference.
We all know how hard it is to remember every message of general conference, and I’m confident that we need not be embarrassed if we don’t remember everything. Nevertheless, there are messages in each general conference given as a gift and a blessing from heaven specifically for our personal life situations. In preparation for general conference, let me suggest three basic concepts that may help us to better receive, remember, and apply the words spoken by the Lord’s servants.
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.
(The link to this talk is found here)
Discuss the ways as a family you can get more out of conference this year. Ask each member of the family what they will do this year differently than they have done in the years past of General Conference.
A Prophet’s Voice: Messages
From Thomas S. Monson
Norman the Nephite and the
A-maze-ing Conference Center
The Little LDS Fun Book Vol. 1
Honey Caramel Corn
1. 10 cups popped popcorn
2. ½ cup honey
3. 3 Tablespoons oil or butter
4. ¼ teaspoon of salt
5. ½ teaspoon of baking soda
1. Pour popped popcorn into a large casserole dish .
2. Heat the honey, oil & salt in a saucepan until bubbly.
3. Keep at a low boil, whisking occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.
4. Add the baking soda, whisk and pour over the popcorn.
5. Mix until popcorn is well coated. (This is very hot so use caution).
6. Bake for 1 hour at 275 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.
7. Pour into a large container & allow to cool before serving.
8. Store in an airtight container.
Optional: Add nuts to the popcorn before topping with the caramel.
(Recipe From ANightOwlBlog)
Pumpkin and Oreo Mini Cheesecakes
1. 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2. 1/4 cup sugar
3. 1 egg
4. 1 Tablespoon sour cream
5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
8. 12 Oreos, split in half
9. 1 cup Cool Whip
1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees. Place cupcake liners in a regular sized muffin pan.
2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat. Add the sour cream, vanilla, pumpkin, and cinnamon and beat until creamy.
3. Place half of an Oreo in the bottom of the cupcake liners and fill the liner 3/4 full with the cheesecake batter. Place another half of an Oreo into the top of the batter. Bake for 22 minutes. Cool in pan for 15-20 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to finish cooling. Keep refrigerated.
4. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkles before serving.
General Conference Activity or Create a Family Time Capsule
This Pinterest link has many creative General Conference activity ideas to prepare and do during Conference! There is surely one idea that will work great with your family!
Create a Family Time Capsule
Creating a time capsule for kids is a great family fun activity that the whole family can participate in. This is a great way to capture a moment in time that your family can go back and look at later. You’ll need to set yourself a reminder to go back and look inside the time capsule in a few years.
Put all your items into any container that is air tight and durable. After your family has put all the items inside, hide it somewhere in the house or bury it in the yard. Make a date 5-10 years or more from now to look back at your family’s memories!
Here are some fun ideas for items to include in your family time capsule:
A Current Newspaper: It would be a great reminder of what was going on in the world on the day you created your time capsule.
A Sales Flyer: It would be interesting to go back and see how the cost of items have changed over the years.
A Take Out Menu: Include a take out menu from your favorite restaurant as a reminder of your favorite foods!
Family Photo: Include a current family photo in front of your house or on a recent family vacation.
A Letter To Your Future Self: Each family member could write a letter to their future self including items like what do they think they’ll be doing in 10 years, where do they see themselves living in 10 years, where do they hope they’ve traveled, what do they hope they drive, etc.
Personal Quiz: Each family member can complete this free printable personal quiz about themselves. It summarizes all of their current favorites.
Favorites: Of course you don’t want to put away your favorite things in a time capsule, but how about including pictures of them? This could include pictures of your kids with their favorite toy, a picture of yourself in your favorite outfit, etc.
Drawings: Have your children create drawings to include in the time capsule.
Craft: Have your family complete a small craft together and include this in the time capsule.
Catalog: Include a toy catalog in the time capsule for kids and have them circle everything on their current wishlist.
Write a Poem: As a family, write a funny rhyming poem to include in the time capsule.
Photos: Include a few photos of memorable events throughout the past year like birthdays, holidays, special awards, vacations, etc.