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Countdown to Conference: 4 weeks of ideas to help you make time for the Lord


In his closing remarks at the October 2021 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson said, “I plead with you today to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life.” He then promised, “He will lead and guide you in your personal life if you will make time for Him in your life—each and every day.”

With general conference quickly approaching, what better way to show the Lord that you value revelation than by following through on the prophet’s counsel? Our invitation to you for the next four weeks is to think of ways to “make time for Him in your life—each and every day.” We’ve proposed something you can do every day in the four weeks leading up to conference, but you don’t have to stick with what we’ve suggested—explore what helps you feel close to the Lord.

Find links to the ideas in the guide below. Download a printable PDF of the schedule here.

Free Study Guide

Keep track of the ways you will make time for the Lord each day as you prepare for general conference.

You can also find past LDS Living countdowns to conference here.

Week One: Improving Prayer

  • Read Brother Mark L. Pace’s talk “His Sheep Still Hear His Voice.” Try kneeling down with a piece of paper and pen like Brother Pace. Write any impressions you receive.
  • Make a list of all the things you’d like to pray for before you kneel down.
  • Offer a prayer of just gratitude.
  • Ask someone in your family to kneel and say a prayer together. Discuss what you each need to ask for prior to praying.
  • Write in your journal ways you have seen your prayers answered over the course of the week.

Week Two: Deepening Scripture Study

  • Come to your scripture study with a question. Open to a random chapter. Read both the left and right pages. Write down anything that stands out to you.
  • Study the Come, Follow Me reading for this week with a friend or family member.
  • Set a scripture study goal. If you need a little bit of extra encouragement, you could follow along with BofM365.

Week Three: Practicing Stillness

  • Intentionally choose not to pull out your phone while in checkout lines this week or create a screen time goal for yourself.
  • Turn off music, audiobooks, etc. in your car.
  • Think of 10 things you are grateful for while you get ready in the morning.
  • Try downloading a meditation app. The Small Seed app is developed by members of the Church and has some great free meditations to try.
  • Attend the temple. If you do not currently have a recommend, try walking the grounds or sitting in the parking lot.

Week Four: Engaging in Service

  • Do something for a senior citizen in your life, or make a new friend at a nursing home.
  • Read Luke 10:25–37. Think about, or discuss with someone else, the characteristics of a good neighbor.
  • Watch the Church’s video “Lift” with your family. Discuss whether there is someone in your community who could use a consistent service on a regular basis. Develop a plan of action for how you will help.
  • Go through your belongings and see if there is anything you could donate to Deseret Industries or a local donation center.
  • Listen to the song “Beggar” by the Truman Brothers, and create homeless kits with warm socks and snacks to pass out to those in need.

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