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Share favorite stories and lessons-learned
The highlight of General Conference for many are the rich but succinct stories that quickly illustrate a gospel principle or message. Take turns sharing your favorite stories and lessons learned with your family or a friend to cement the messages heard over conference weekend. If you missed it, revisit Elder Gary E. Stevenson’s analogy of the recent solar eclipse, Bishop W. Christopher Waddell’s story about unexpectedly vacationing with his mother-in-law or Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson sharing about her grandson’s example to seek out others to serve.
Although men and boys are invited to attend priesthood session and women and girls are invited to women’s session, messages shared at these meetings are often applicable to everyone. Invite mom and/or daughter to share stories and lessons learned at Women’s Session and dad and/or son to give a summary of Priesthood Session. If you’re on your own or with a friend, pick a talk you didn’t hear from Priesthood or Women’s Session and give it a listen. A great place to start is Value Beyond Measure by Sister Joy D. Jones, General Primary President, about or infinite worth, or The Priesthood and the Savior’s Atoning Power by Elder Dale G. Renlund about the power of the Atonement.
They say the best way to reinforce learning is to teach someone else what you’ve learned. #ShareGoodness by sharing your favorite conference messages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or via email or text to a friend. Share positive conference memes, your favorite stories, speakers or lessons learned online, and then take turns as a family sharing (in person) what you’ve posted online.
Talk about themes
Although topics are rarely, if ever, assigned to speakers in General Conference, noticeable themes still tend to emerge as talks are given throughout conference weekend. What themes and trends did you notice? Which talks supported this theme? Discuss with your family or friends what you can learn from these larger themes and topics. Consider revisiting talks by President Russell M. Nelson and Brother Tad R. Callister about the power of the Book of Mormon or talks by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Gary E. Stevensen, Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder W. Craig Zwick about seeking perspective and avoiding comparison or perfectionism. You could also review talks about service, the family, the Sabbath Day, responding to adversity, etc.
Re-listen to missed talks
Did you miss the first talk on Saturday morning or Elder M. Russell Ballard’s talk when your nap ran long between sessions on Sunday? Listen in to any talks you might have missed to complete your conference weekend experience.
Get to know the leaders who spoke
Did you hear a talk from a new women’s leader or general authority you hadn’t heard from before? Get to know these remarkable, faithful leaders through their bios on LDS.org or Mormon Newsroom. Pick a leader, read their bio and share what you learned, along with a summary of their General Conference message. What can you learn about their background and upbringing? Have they served a mission? What languages do they speak? What countries have they lived in? What is their leadership experience inside and outside the Church? If these leaders have social media pages, consider following them on Facebook or Twitter. Getting to know our leaders and tuning in to their messages year-round will provide new, faithful role models and enhance the messages they share at General Conference and elsewhere.
First Presidency round-up
Did you miss the talks by members of the First Presidency? Revisit their talks below to make sure you catch these important messages:
Make a list of basic gospel topics and talk about the talks that fit into these categories. Topics could include faith, repentance, the Atonement, the Book of Mormon, the Restoration, living prophets and apostles, the Holy Ghost, temples, family history work, commandments, scripture study and more. Share key messages and/or stories from talks that covered these categories. Review talk summaries here.
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