As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed to participate in a General Conference of the church in April and October each year. Thanks to the blessing of technology, we’re able to participate in conference from our local churches and in the comfort of our homes, allowing us to be spiritually fed, taught and uplifted without incurring tremendous travel expense.
Sometimes I have a hard time sitting and watching all sessions. I do great when I hear speakers live, but online, my attention sometimes wanders (don’t ask me why—it’s just the way I’m wired). I know from my children, it can be hard for them too. Coming up with great General Conference ideas to hold their interest is a challenge for me, which is why I was so happy to see this new book from the team at SweetlyMadeJustforYou.com called Growing Up with Conference: Practical ways to Make General Conference Fun Year-Round.
Sisters Emilee Reynolds, Cassie Lyle & Tiffany McDaniel have created a resource packed full of ideas, activities, recipes and Family Home Evening lessons to not only help hold your children’s attention during conference but also to help you and your family prepare for conference and reinforce what you’ve learned after conference is over.
The book includes preparation activities, so you can begin building anticipation a couple of weeks (or more) before General Conference. It starts 15 days prior with daily activities, to help your children—and you– learn more about the first presidency and each of the apostles. The General Conference ideas are for both children and adults. I know, for me, I pay closer attention and learn more when I feel a connection to the speakers at conference.
The authors provide recommendations for organizing conference activities, whether you’re at home or on the go.
Not only are these General Conference ideas excellent for family use, but many of them are easily adaptable for nursery, Primary and youth class activities as well. As a long-time Young Women leader, I can definitely see incorporating some of the activities here to reinforce Sunday lessons and to help teens look forward to and get more out of General Conference.
These activities can be adapted for use throughout the year and not just for General Conference. This is a great resource for teaching your children about General Conference and gospel principles every day.
For those of you who, like me, are craft-impaired, the book is stuffed with downloadables and printables, and directions so clear and easy that even I can be successful in creative crafting. I especially loved the I-Spy activity and Quiet books. Any parent who has tried to help a little one keep quietly occupied during church meetings will love these too. Your books will be limited only by your imagination.
Growing Up with Conference: Practical ways to Make General Conference Fun Year-Round is available in an incredibly affordable Kindle format here (so there is NO excuse not to make this a part of your next conference experience). If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Amazon Kindle reader for your computer or tablet for free—I use both.