"General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). During general conference weekend, Church members and others who are interested gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders."
Want to watch General Conference?
(October 3rd and 4th)
General Conference has become such a special, sacred time for me.
I am amazed, every year, at how perfectly the Lord answers my prayers and inspires me through the words of His modern-day prophets.
We started this tradition several years ago, and have continued it each Conference. My kids love it, and it is a very simple way to help them hear what is being talked about.
General Conference Train!
First, I cut out rectangles from some different scrapbook papers. Then I cut out a bunch of small circles out of black paper for the wheels. I printed several pictures of each of 9 topics often discussed in General Conference and glued the wheels and pictures onto the rectangles. And those are the trains!
When the kids hear one mentioned, they get a train car that has that picture on it and put it up on our wall using sticky-tack.
The purpose of this is NOT to get the kids to sit completely still during Conference. I don't think that's even possible with little ones---but it has worked very well in getting them to hear what is being said. They don't listen to every word, but often while they are playing quietly (and NOT so quietly) they will hear a word that sounds familiar and they get so excited to put a train on the wall!
I figure that's a step in the right direction. :)
They are constantly adding to the train during each session of Conference, and it gets very long. My kids LOVE trains--so a constantly expanding train is perfect for them. You could also do leaves on a tree, fish in the sea, stars in the sky, petals on a flower, or whatever your children are interested in. :)
The 9 topics are:
1. Jesus Christ
2. Joseph Smith
6. Prophets - Thomas S. Monson
8. Scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon
9. Missionary Work
I've also created several blank trains for when the kids hear another topic they recognize and want to add to the train.
If you'd like a copy of these pictures, I'm happy to forward them at no cost. Just email me:
email@example.comI have them both in black & white and in color, so I'll send both. Included are 5-6 pictures of each of the 9 topics (note: for the topic: Family, I just used a picture of our family. I'll take that one out so you can add a picture of your own family.) AND all 15 pictures of the Prophet & Apostles as a bonus. :)
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