Class member: Conference was great. I learned last year that Conference wasn’t for me I have to help my kids love it. My kids love the snacks. My 8 yr old flipped out and he was a different kid. During one of them they were doing the Bingo card and they were listening for “sing”. Then they tried to remember what their favorite primary song was and they all stood up with them and sang “I Am A Child of God.”
I love that you said ‘it was a moment’.
Class member: I started doing Conference things when I started taking your class awhile ago. My kids will now say “I love Conference”. My kids don’t do great through all of it, but they do great to start. It’s made a big difference.
Class member: I did like K. Brett Nattress of the Seventy. I like what he was talking about reading scriptures to your kids and he said that he wasn’t listening. That really stuck with me. I do it for awhile and then slack off and then start again.
We do it to make it consistent. Over time the testimony is built. We take our ques from the kids and let them be the parent instead of clinging to the promise.
Class member: I have an Elder Nattress son. He grumbles and just walks away if he doesn’t like it. We ended up wood burning and our house smelled like camp fire, but he was there the whole time.
When they are there they feel the Spirit. Conference now is connected to ‘feel good’. That is all we do in the beginning. The ‘feel good’ will translate to ‘I want to know why’. It will usually go to the music and then the talks. We have to connect it so they will want to come.
Class member: My husband told the kids we are going to talk about our favorite Conference talk. I have 13, 11, 7, 5, baby. At our FHE we started from the littlest to the biggest. I learned that we need to not read cereal boxes while you are reading scriptures. We get farther up the line and I was so amazed at what they really took in. We talked about what principle came from that and how we could apply it to our life.
What would be really interesting for you where they paid attention that you write down a summary of that FHE and the speaker was….then invite that child to give a FHE on their speaker on their talk. Now we are putting them into it. You show us what you would like us to underline. You teach us the principles and help us set the goal for this talk. The family cannot internalize those unless we break them up and focus on them individually. Post it. Put a picture and have a goal. At the end of 6 months they feel so much empowerment because they chose it and they did theirs. Now they are taking ownership for following the prophet. That is where they internalize it. When it’s theirs that’s when it because internalized in their testimony. It says what our goal was and what we did. When they see that cumulatively you can’t visualize your success. That visual gives them hope and keeps them invested. When we just preach and they can’t keep track it’s like playing basketball without a net.
Class member: My 9 yr old twins listen through the closing prayer. Their favorite part has been “has it been delicious to our souls’. I want to have a FHE on feasting on the words of Christ.
Class member: When I got home last week from class my friend posted a video of her granddaughter about 4 year olds. She said tell us what you told us before. We get lots of fruit loops. In 4 days and then when that day passes its 3 days….then it’s General Conference! She was so excited!
That’s what mother’s do to nurture.
Class member: Each child chooses 2 snacks one sweet and one not (chips). We posted their 2 words and then they could pick a snack every time they hear the words.
You are about 1/3 of the way there. It’s not just about Conference days. That has to happen, but that is the foundation for the next 6 months. If they are excited about Conference and then it dies they have missed the point. It simply opens the door for the opportunity to teach for the next 6 months. It puts us all on the same page.
I would invite you to be sure that each child has their own Ensign. Write their name on it BIG. They will leave it everywhere. Invite them to read a Conference talk before they go to bed. Invite them to find the page with the stories. Invite them to use these when they give a talk. Then you need to set goals and apply this. It’s not just learning.
Following the living prophets means we repent and change. We do something. We need to do something different/better. That’s repentance. It’s change to make us better. Repentance should be used 100x a day. We need to teach our children that repentance just means we are going to change and be a little bit better. To set goals and use Conference for FHE lessons and have your children watch you following the prophets.
From time to time you need to go online and use clips where ‘he’ is telling the story. You are re-inviting your children to be familiar with them telling the story.
Don’t let Conference die! It’s not just a twice a year experience. If it stops with the goodies you eat during Conference you have missed the point. They will be more receptive to receiving. The purpose to create those happy moments
Class member: Do “name the voice” Jeopardy. See if they can recognize their voice.
Make flash cards of the 15 and have them match them. See who can name them all. Do you know the order? Do your children know if President Monson dies do they know how the First Presidency dissolves and who becomes the next president?