Class member: I did someone’s candy idea with the word. It worked great. Everything goes better with food.
Class member: We talked about writing down questions that they had. My 7 year old and 4 year we wrote down questions and then we all listened for the answers to the questions.
Class member: I only see my kids every other week. We did super nice Conference packets. We printed off hard copies of everything. We sent them to their Dads. I had to pray that I could get through and get something out of Conference. My sister comes to this class. She got the venting text. I woke up that morning and made cinnamon rolls by myself. My kids did great. They loved their packets.
You are still bearing your testimony of Conference even when they aren’t there with you. It’s hard when you can’t force others to feel the same way as you.
Class member: My question going into Conference was, “How do I make her feel she is loved?” She was invited to a slumber party Friday night and in our family we don’t do sleep overs. We decided we would let her stay until 10:30pm which I felt was late for an 11 year old. I was worried about how she was going to be the next morning during Conference. She threw a tantrum saying, “It’s not fair!” I kept thinking…Nevertheless…we don’t do sleepovers. She apologized for her behavior. Saturday she was rotten. She got her consequences which she knew was going to happen. I was expecting an epiphany, but the only thing that kept standing out to me was to keep doing what I’m already doing.
We do things the Stake President doesn’t even do. That’s the comparison at our home.
Class member: I usually dread General Conference weekend because my husband is gone on drill while I take care of 4 kids during General Conference. I decided to do the candy conference idea. My kids were really good and I got to hear what was said. Sunday my kids wanted to change the words. I had bought a small veggie tray and my kids loved that part. We put one word for the whole tray. One of the talks was ‘church’. My kids were hovering over the veggies because every word was ‘church’ in one talk. Our Primary had put together a packet for each of the kids. The kids were excited.
We are creating feelings about Conference. It doesn’t mean that they are sitting and taking in everything they hear. Are they going to be excited about it? They are starting to internalize it. If it takes food or a game doing that it’s good. If it means that you don’t get to hear it and have to read it it’s worth it.
Class member: Even little kids still internalize what’s there.
At our house, my brother came in with 5 smaller kids into my house. I usually have some things prepared for them. We in the middle of Conference fixed the kids lunch. My husband works for a design center. The adults all jumped in the car to go across town to pick out cabinets, tile, carpet. We missed the whole 2nd session. Our kids did not let us live it down. Our kids + those 5 little ones watched Conference and took notes.
When you create those kinds of things you are creating a testimony. My 11 year old wanted to sit and listen. Those feelings are good.
Class member: When I took this class many years ago, I understood how to do Conference. Our now 11 year old can’t wait for Conference. We had an experience in our family last week that really strengthened my testimony. Our 11 year old son came home from school a couple days before Conference and wanted to invite our non-member neighbors over for Conference. I told them you were going to make cinnamon rolls. He knew the entire day. It was just a ‘normal’ day. He wanted his friends to be part of our ‘normal’. We put on a big spread and then talked a little about apostles and prophets. I pulled out the little conference things that they used to have when they were little. All the other boys jumped in the nest and played legos with him. We didn’t know that the tradition we created affected him so much. He wanted to share those feelings with the neighbors.
Our children have started praying for President Monson without even asking. My children are saying “Mom will he be here next conference?” It’s hard as Mom’s. we get to do a lot. The things we teach are invaluable. I feel like Elder Renlund that said, “I feel weak.” I feel just like him trying to teach my Mom’s class.
This is what I grew up with. She is a master teacher. I would never presume that I can talk for a whole conference session by myself.