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The countdown to General Conference has begun. This coming weekend is the general Relief Society broadcast, and then on October 2-3, we will have the opportunity to hear the Lord’s voice: “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38). I love General Conference, especially when I prepare for it. I get answers to questions I’ve prayed about, and even insight into questions I haven’t asked, but the Lord knows I have. General Conference recharges my spiritual batteries. It deepens my faith in my Heavenly Father, in His plan, and in myself. Here are a few links to help you begin your General Conference preparations.
The Church has provided this page with some print-outs and computer games to help children prepare for General Conference.
The following are all excellent references offered from Sugardoodle.net, including General Conference Activity Packets for all ages (When you click on them, you can download the documents and print them out.):
Senior Primary Packet
Junior Primary Packet
Check out this Sugardoodle.net page for other General Conference ideas, coloring pages, snacks, activities, etc.
Here’s another site with a lot of packets, cards, and other resources.
Here are also some great articles to help you get yourself and your children in the General Conference mindset:
Neil L. Andersen, “Teaching Our Children to Love the Prophets,”
“Preparing Our Children for General Conference,”
Jeffrey R. Holland, “Prophets in the Land Again,”
Henry B. Eyring, “Safety in Counsel,”
And don’t forget to gear up for the next round of General Conference Book Club. If you’ve never joined us before, consider checking in this time when General Conference is over and then studying one talk a week all the way until Conference rolls around again.
“Many messages, covering a variety of gospel topics, will be given during the next two days. Those men and women who will speak to you have sought heaven’s help concerning the messages they will give. It is my prayer that we may be filled with His Spirit as we listen and learn.” [Opening session, April 2010]
“I urge you to study the messages, to ponder their teachings, and then to apply them in your life…. May the messages and spirit of this conference find expression in all that you do—in your homes, in your work, in your meetings, and in all your comings and goings.” [Closing session, April 2010] ~President Thomas S. Monson