General Conference Traditions

And because it's easy to get distracted during several hours of talks, here are a few traditions that help these people make the experience more meaningful:

Every year I drive to Salt Lake City and meet my family for General Conference. Before leaving for Salt Lake City, my mother or father will wake up early to prepare a picnic lunch for the day. Then, between the sessions, the whole family goes out to their car and sits together for lunch. We usually talk about the most recent session and how specific talks were most meaningful to us. This helps me to remember the points that were most meaningful for me, and talking with my family about it helps me to set realistic goals of how I can use the conference advice to improve my life. - Jordan Lowe, UT

I have young kids and it can be difficult to get them to listen to so many talks in only two days, so our family has a couple of traditions that help us all pay closer attention.

Through the week before General Conference, we read King Benjamin's address in the book of Mosiah. Then, the night before the conference, each of my kids will decorate a cardboard box. On Saturday morning we arrange all of the boxes in front of the TV, making sure that the open end is facing the TV. This is our way of pointing our "tent doors" toward the speaker, just like King Benjamin's people did. - Martin Jenston, CN

Every year before General Conference, we try to memorize the names of all of the apostles. This helps us to know and recognize them when they give a talk. To help us memorize their names, we put their names to the tune of "Ten Little Indians":

Monson, Eyring, Uchtdorf, Packer, Perry, Nelson, Oaks and Ballard, Anderson, Scott, Hales, Holland, Christensen, Cook and Bednar. - James Nelson, AZ

My husband and I attend the temple together sometime during the week before conference. This helps us prepare to hear the messages shared during the conference. - Sherrie Cook, IA

We encourage our kids to watch all four sessions of conference, and sometimes it's hard for them to sit through all of the talks. To help control their wiggles and focus on the speakers, a few days before conference weekend, my wife helps the kids make a small book of blank pages. During the sessions, everyone draws pictures of the speaker, and under the picture we write the speaker's name and some notes on what their talk is about. It's fun to watch how the books and drawings change as the kids get older, and they enjoy being able to look back through all of them. - Bryon Eliason, TN

Here are a couple links that are also sure to help you:

2009 Deseret Book Conference Packet: Includes a word counter, conference topic bingo, finger puppets, and more! Full of activities, games, and guides for children.

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