It's that time of year again! General Conference time! Are you ready for a power packed weekend full of the answers you need? Reflect back 6 months ago and remember the things that worked for you and your family and those that didn't go so well. Do you need a new busy activity, different snacks maybe, or a new journal because you filled yours up? Peruse this giant list for ways to improve upon your experience then head over to More Than a General Conference Packet for more ideas to keep the Spirit nearby all weekend long.
Preparing Before General Conference
Get ready up to a month before General Conference begins with these preparation ideas. You can pass off Personal Progress requirements, follow FHE plans, and countdown to the big weekend.
- Modern Day Miners from Sugardoodle- Prepare your children with this lesson, activity, and printables
- How to Help Your Kids Prepare for General Conference- A free 6 day study to understand why we have General Conference and how to prepare for it
- How to Enjoy LDS General Conference as a Couple (and family)- Ideas to do before Conference starts, during, and after
- Life's Journey to Perfection has several printables and activities to get you ready for and involved in General Conference
- Countdown to General Conference- Learn new facts about the prophets each day as you count down.
NOTE: I will update the countdown and Bingo once we discover the new apostles. Until then, use them to discuss what will happen this General Conference.
- Make a 'Plan' to watch General Conference from Little LDS Ideas- This is a great Young Women's handout idea or for your family. Prepare each day for Conference.
- Prepare for General Conference from Little LDS Ideas- Print these cards out for FHE and talk about ways you can prepare for Conference as a family and as an individual
- The Prophet Speaks to Us at General Conference from Little LDS Ideas- Although it's meant for Sharing Time, this would make a great FHE lesson
- Resources for Teaching Children about Following the Prophet from Keep Moving Forward with Me- Great ideas to implement as you gear up to hear from the Prophet.
- LDS Apostle Printable Cards from Our Hands His Hands- Print these out and get to know the apostles names and faces before you hear from them
Do you need new ideas for taking notes at General Conference. Here are ideas to get your whole family involved.
- The Ultimate General Conference Kit from the Redheaded Hostess includes flipbooks, study kits, and doctrinal flashcards. It's a great little kit that you'll be able to use for years with various ages.
- Uniball pens are by far my favorite to use when writing. They glide easily and look beautiful. However, if you want some great colored pens for more fun, check these Fineliner Color Pens out.
- General Conference Journal from Green Jell-o Salad- Comes in 4 colors and 2 sizes
- LDS General Conference Mini Doodle Journal from A Lively Hope- 7 great doodling journal pages
- His & Her General Conference Notebooks from My Computer is My Canvas- Easy to assemble a whole notebook with these pages and use it over and over again.
- General Conference Notebook Before and After from Time Savors- Love this idea of making a before and after notebook to record your questions, commentary, and answers.
- General Conference Clipboard from Live Craft Eat- Make one for easy note taking or for activities
- Labels for General Conference from the Mormon Home- I love this idea because you can easily stick them in your journal as you go and have anything in the order of the speakers.
- Sacred Journals- Add the stickers from The Mormon Home above to your personalized Sacred Journal to help your family remember the value of spiritual things.
- General Conference Packets for Teens- from Or So She Says- great way to get the older ones to watch and take things in.
Activities for Conference
Everything from quiet games and coloring pages to activity packets, this section is packed with things you to help you and your family get the most out of General Conference.
- A General Conference Store is lots of fun. Get everything you need to make it happen including ways to earn the rewards at The Red Headed Hostess.
- There are all kinds of great General Conference activities on LDS.org including Bingo, coloring pages, and note taking pages.
- Maeser Art has some great free activity packets for General Conference sure to keep people busy.
- General Conference Package from Green Jell-o with Carrot- This is really great for the smaller ones in your homes. It includes file folder games, coloring pages, and more.
- LDS Apostles Bingo- Hang a board on your wall and fill it out throughout the weekend- mark off each person as they speak. When your family gets a Bingo, break out a special activity or treat.
- Fun Crayola Markers- If you're going to color, do it right and grab some fun markers to help you. I gave my girls these Crayola Glitter Markers when we went on our 2 week road trip and they definitely held their attention for a while (I love using them too). Have a serious colorer on your hands? Try Crayola's PowerLines Markers. They make it easy to go from thick to thin lines.
- Color Like a Chicken Coloring Book- Tons of LDS coloring pages to help your little ones be quiet during the sessions. It also includes several activity pages for those more active hands. Discover more LDS coloring pages including some that are great for teens in LDS Coloring Pages You Need to Know About (and check out these free coloring pages based on President Eyring's last General Conference talks).
- Kids General Conference Notebook and Activities from Time Savors- Full of games, note taking ideas, and listening cards.
- General Conference Activity Book from Printastic Design- 28 page half booklet with coloring, notes, and more (and it's only $1)
- LDS Paper Dolls from Lily and Thistle- Baptism, church, missionary, and wedding outfits
- General Conference Activity Pages and More from LDS Bookstore- These are FREE downloads full of activities, note taking pages, Bingo, and more. Be sure to click around to all of them on that page.
- Conference Jenga from Little LDS Ideas- Listening activity that sounds fun.
- Conference I Spy from Little LDS Ideas- Check these items off as you find them.
- Conference Sundaes from Little LDS Ideas- Earn points throughout Conference to earn a sweet reward. Also includes several other activity pages
- Latter-day Temples Coloring Book- Deseret Book now has a great Temple coloring book and the best part is you can try a couple of pages out for free! Start with this one of the Tijuana Mexico Temple and Paris France Temple then head to Deseret Book to get the whole book (and another sample page).
- Gingerbread General Conference Center- Decorate and eat after all the sessions are over
- Conference Go Fish from Little LDS Ideas- Play to get everyone excited or use it in between sessions
- General Conference Dominoes- Another great game from Little LDS Ideas.
What about the food! Here a few great snack and meal ideas. Plus one idea for what to do with your Conference Ensign.
- Print out your weekend checklist to help you keep your head on straight.
- Plan ahead with slow cooker or freezer meals so you can have a no fuss weekend. I use the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook a lot.
- Healthy After School or Lunch Snacks from the Melrose Family- These are great ideas so you don't get too tired during the afternoon session and fall asleep. I love the healthy snack bracelet- we do necklaces every year.
- A Berry Simple Summer Dessert from the Organic Kitchen- So easy and yummy! It's a great snack or even quick breakfast
- Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini from Good Life Eats- Now this sounds like an excellent snack
- Banana Split Bites from Simplee Thrifty- Simple, fun, and delicious- a perfect Conference snack
- How to Study General Conference After from Things as They Really Are- I love this idea. A sister in my ward does this and I love how it turned out.
Still need more ideas? There are even more ideas on my Pinterest LDS General Conference board! I shared my favorites here though.
Your Turn- What is your favorite General Conference activity or note taking method?