Friday, October 2, 2015

Getting Ready For LDS General Conference


This coming weekend is much awaited! It is LDS General Conference weekend. 

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said, "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."


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The older I get, the more and more I appreciate this special blessing and privilege to hear God's word through his servants. I look forward to it with great anticipation. In order to make sure that I do not take this opportunity for granted, I prepare for conference so that I am ready to hear the words God has in mind for me and my specific circumstances and needs. 

Praying
We pray for a while leading up to conference and generally use the Fast Sunday before conference to pray for inspiration or answers to questions during conference. I usually narrow down 2-3 big questions or things I feel I need help with before beginning conference and pray about them often. I find that this prepares me to receive inspiration prior to conference as well as during. It also makes me eager to listen to the talks and better able to pay attention as  I am listening for some specific things. 

Writing

I used to take notes often during conference--in my life before motherhood. I did this because I felt that the things I felt at the time I first heard the message were different and important. Reviewing and studying the talks later is always an option, but the things I might feel/think during conference might be forgotten once it's over. 

Many people take notes very different ways. This free printable from Brielle at Ready-Or-Not is perfect for taking notes and is super helpful. 

I just visited with a lady from my ward who had a great suggestion. With each talk, she writes down the speaker--a bit about the topic--and then she rates the talk. She doesn't rate the talk as "good or bad" but rates on a scale of 1-5 to determine how much this relates to the things she needed to hear and the questions she had going into conference. 5 is a "THIS TALK IS FOR YOU!" message and it goes down from there. She said that she then spends the six months until the next conference studying the talks--those with the higher ratings are the ones she hits first and spends the most time on. The ones with a lower rating are the ones that she still takes time to study--she says that often after she's spent time studying and getting the answers she needs, the lower ratings impact her differently. I've never done this, but it seems like a really easy and effective way to engage during conference while still being a mom. 

Eating

Food might seem trivial, and maybe it is. But for me, it's not. Not just because I like food, but because I think it's okay to sometimes (or maybe even a lot of times) associate food with fun family traditions. Like Thanksgiving dinner, making sugar cookies at Christma..I want conference weekend to be one of those special and memorable times for my family. Not just because of the food, obviously, but because of the whole experience. I also think that taking time to plan for special meals during this weekend is a great way to send a message to my daughter that this weekend is special and it is important to us.

On the Sunday of General Conference, we spend the day at my parents' house. Zach and I bring something for breakfast and my mom makes dinner. I am going to bring a few things:


Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Cream Cheese Icing


Autumn Fruit Salad

If you're not in the mood for the things on our menu--how about some of these fun treats:


Pumpkin Streusel Cinnamon Rolls

Amish Baked Oatmeal


For more suggestions on how to get the most out of conference, see here.

What are your favorite ways to prepare for conference? 

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