Class member: After last Conference when the prophet asked us to read the Book of Mormon last time we set up a family website to read together as a family. We decided we were going to take a couple of week and prepare for General Conference. There are links online. I’m going to make a Conference book and crayons. My husband took my daughter on a date so I could watch Women’s Conference.
Class member: I went through my Conference box of activities and updated my activities. I’m working on a booklet and with my 9 year old it will be more writing things for him. Both of my boys are in soccer right now. 2 of the games are Saturday morning. We decided now before there is too much going on that sports will not interfere with Conference. The boys were ok with it. It was a big deal while I was growing up and it’s ‘normal’ for us. If I start it now it won’t be a battle when they are bigger.
Mom has to prepare before 10am Saturday morning.
Class member: Now all I have to say to my kids is that Conference is coming they get so excited for it. They get to pick treats and toys and they are all ready picking them out.
Class member: We had a FHE to prepare for Conference. The kids didn’t remember any traditions that we have done. My daughter was invited to a birthday party during Saturday. So she is really mad about not getting to go.
Class member: Last year I overcame some of those activities. I made a point system…wearing church clothes, stand to sing the hymn, summarize a talk. They earned points. They earned a trip to Wahooz trip. They got 10 points for being reverent. I had to do something big hoping it would work to get over the hurdle. Even the husband had to earn the points to get to go too.
Class member: Every year I get excited and get 3 bags and personalize them for each child. My daughter is doing Personal Progress so she has some sheets for that. It has highlighters and water bottles.
Practice---how you get to do it
Class member: I don’t want them to think that Conference is to get presents every year.
Class member: I would TiVO it or get the CDs. On Sunday’s we would watch one of Conference talks each Sunday. We practiced watching one of them each Sunday so they got used to them.
Help the mad child be in charge of planning something The more the child invests in something the more important it is. Because she ‘lost’ something she needs to have something to fill the void. Find something that she can help with. You could make suggestions or let her come up with her own.
Class member: My kids have an art table. Their reward for Conference is that I clean up the table.
Class member: My son said I love Conference because we go to Grandma’s house between sessions to have biscuits and gravy.
Children need to LOVE Conference! We have to create experiences that help them learn to love them and then it transfers into loving the prophets.
30 minutes (story)—Creating a House of Order in Syllabus
Be selective and do a few of the plans.
Take 3 questions to Conference with you this time.
Elder Ballard “Return & Receive” April 2017
“Over the years, I have observed that those (parents) who accomplish the most in this world are those with a vision for their lives, with goals to keep them focused on their vision and tactical plans for how to achieve them. Knowing where you are going and how you expect to get there can bring meaning, purpose, and accomplishment to life. Some have difficulty differentiating between a goal and a plan until they learn that a goal is a destination or an end, while a plan is the route by which you get there. Some have difficulty differentiating between a goal and a plan until they learn that a goal is a destination or an end, while a plan is the route by which you get there.”
The goal is eternal life. The mission statement is how you get there.
“Experts on goal setting tell us that the simpler and more straightforward a goal is, the more power it will have. When we can reduce a goal to one clear image or one or two powerful and symbolic words, that goal can then become part of us and guide virtually everything we think and do.” (Family Motto)