Preparing for General Conference is easy with these fun & simple ideas. Fun conference ideas to help children and youth get excited and ready for General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
WHAT IS GENERAL CONFERENCE?
General Conference is a semi-annual gathering of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On the first weekend of April and October every year, the current living Prophet and other church leaders share inspirational messages to worldwide members.
As members of Jesus Christ's restored church, we believe that God continues to speak to us through His living prophet and leaders. We look forward to this 2-day conference to hear what God wants us to hear for our day.
WHO IS GENERAL CONFERENCE FOR?
General Conference is for anyone, including YOU, who wants to be uplifted from inspiring music, talks, and to hear from God's living prophet on the earth today. All of the speeches provide ideas and counsel for all ages from children to grandparents.
Listen to General Conference online at churchofjesuschrist.org. It's free!
PREPARING FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE
I've learned that a little preparation goes a long way when it comes to preparing for this uplifting weekend.
Most of the ideas here don't take very long to get ready and most of them can be used year after year. A little investment in your time will make this weekend extra special for your kids.
With that said, let me give you a few disclaimers:
- our children are still wiggly and chatty and not perfectly quiet.
- these ideas will not guarantee a totally peaceful listening experience, although that's the goal
- we've learned that choosing a few of these activities can keep children engaged longer, rather than just having one activity for both days of General Conference
Remember, the ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere where you and your family can feel uplifted and inspired.
Whatever General Conference activities you choose to do, make sure to prep them a few weeks in advance so you can have time to talk with your family and get them excited.
Here's tons of ideas for conference activities that are simple and fun!
FIRST PRESIDENCY & QUORUM OF THE 12 APOSTLES MATCHING GAME
Help your family get to know the church's First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles with this matching game. By having your children become familiar with their names and faces, they will recognize them when they speak during conference. You can play memory, a matching game, or "Go Fish."
Conference Bags are the most requested activity at our house! No matter what other conference activities we do, the Conference Bags always make an appearance.
Since every member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles will speak at least once during Conference, you can prepare a small treat or quiet activity that your children will get to open when that person speaks.
Not only does this help our children learn the names of each Apostle, but it keeps them excited throughout the entire session.
CANDY CONFERENCE LEIS
Similar to the General Conference bags, candy conference leis are another way to make General Conference fun for kids.
The candy leis contain 15 pieces of candy. A picture of the First Presidency and Quorum of 12 Apostles is attached to each piece of candy. When that speaker speaks, you get to eat that piece of candy!
I found these sketches from churchofjesuschrist.org, but reformatted them to make them the perfect size for the candy leis.
General Conference Printables
GENERAL CONFERENCE PACKETS & COLORING PAGES
These fun conference packets include 15 different coloring pages including a place to take notes, do a fun activity and draw the speaker. This is a great General Conference activity for teens.
GENERAL CONFERENCE PACKET NOTE SHEETS FOR KIDS
If you're children are not old enough to take notes on their own, there's an easy way to help them practice!
Whenever they hear one of the session "words", they get to put a check in the box! The words included are common words used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That way, they won't get discouraged.
The words are: Baptism, Book of Mormon, Bible, Faith, Family, God, Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, Love, Missionary, Prayer, Priesthood, Prophet, Restoration, Scriptures, Service, Testimony, Temples
GENERAL CONFERENCE FOOD IDEAS
Make General Conference an exciting weekend everyone looks forward to with delicious and easy food. It's a great time to have slow cooker meals, finger foods, favorite appetizers, and special treats.
Prepare as much food as you can ahead of time so General Conference weekend can be relaxing for you, too!
3) TAKE A TOUR OF THE CONFERENCE CENTER
If you live in Utah, taking a tour of the Conference Center is a fun way to prepare for General Conference. Click here for more info.