General Conference – “Going on a Search”
A Message for Me?
As we participate in general conference, President Eyring says we “might pray and ponder, asking the question: Did God send a message that was just for me?”
We also need to exercise faith in God in order for us to learn from the messages and receive inspiration, President Eyring teaches. “You show your trust in Him when you listen with the intent to learn and repent and then you go and do whatever He asks. If you trust God enough to listen for His message in every sermon, song, and prayer in this conference, you will find it.”
We can continue to find those messages even after conference ends, says President Monson. “I urge you to study the messages and to ponder their teachings and then to apply them in your life. . . . They are deserving of our careful study.”
I loved that message from President Monson and President Eyring. I found it on http://www.lds.org. I think in every conference there is a message for each one of us. This is an important teaching tool for your children. My children think it can be rather boring and the messages don’t really apply to them anyway. However, this message from President Eyring lets us know that conference applies to everyone. We just need to have the faith to search for our very own message. Let’s all go on a search for what God is trying to tell each one of us individually through his servants. After all doesn’t he say that “whether by mine own voice or the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38)?
Here are some suggestions to make your “search” more fun! You can do this activity on Friday or Saturday night. Tell your family that you are taking a trip and there is something you will all be searching for. Begin by reading Mosiah 2:5-6. In the time of King Benjamin families came from all over to hear him speak. They pitched their tents and put their doors toward the temple so that they could hear the words of King Benjamin. This was general conference for them at that time. They went to hear the prophet of the Lord. You may want to discuss how hard it may have been for families to travel or tell of an experience when you were young that you may remember about watching conference. Bear testimony of how important conference is and how lucky we are to have modern day revelation – prophets that speak with our Heavenly Father and teach us what His will is.
Tell your family that you are going on a journey to hear the words of the prophets. Have them get in their pj’s, brush their teeth and gather blankets and pillows. Tell them you will get the rest of what they need. Then have everyone meet back in the room with the TV. You gather a tent and meet back with them as well. Once the family is back together, explain that you have now arrived at your destination and you will need them to help you set up your tent. Make sure your door faces your TV so you will be prepared to watch conference in the morning. You can either let your kids have a “sleepover” in the family room or you can tell them to meet back at the tent at 10:00 a.m. to begin their search. My kids are not allowed to have sleepovers with friends so it makes this activity extra exciting! 🙂
On Saturday (or Sunday) morning prepare a simple breakfast and then prepare your kids for watching conference. Have them bring a notebook (or prepare the handouts that are attached below) – that way they can take notes in when they find something relevant to their search. Explain to them that when we hear the words of our apostles it is just like reading the scriptures. When we read the scriptures we are taught to study them. One way to study them is to take notes when we read. We are going to take notes as we listen today to help us find what we are looking for. Tell them that they are searching for a couple of things 1. things that pertain to them individually – have them listen for things that they can work on, that they think are important, or that they just really like and 2. things that pertain to the family – explain that after conference is over you will talk about things that they can work on as a family. If you don’t have a family motto or family flag this is a great way to get ideas. Have them list their ideas and then create a flag that will mean something to the family. If you decide to do this option, have all the materials ready so they are motivated to come up with some ideas that you can use to make the flag after the last session is over. Your little ones may not be able to write but they can still participate. Have them use the Bingo cards and as they play tell them to let you know what they think is important and you can write them in your notes (that’s right lead by example – make sure you are paying attention too!). The kids can either take notes or they can use the magnifying glasses to keep track of what is important to them. You can create a conference wall (see a previous post from last year) with topics that kids can put the apostles photos next to when they speak about a particular topic and your magnifying glasses could go on this wall as well.
These are just a couple of additional ideas to make conference more fun and engaging for your kids. Make sure you talk about the notes they take. They may be something you want to discuss in a personal interview or at a family home evening next week. Follow up on what they got out of conference. If they used the magnifying glasses and put them on the wall be sure to talk about each one to help them discover what goals they want to set. This is a great way to teach responsibility and independence! It is also a great way to pass off some items in your Faith in God book. Enjoy your campout! 🙂