The other night, I probably spent a couple hours pinning ideas for involving my kids in General Conference to a designated General Conference Pinterest board. While pinning away, it occurred to me that a big portion of my Pinterest followers probably don’t know what the heck General Conference is, and here their pin stream is being flooded with the ideas I’m saving. And, it’s no secret that tons of ‘mommy bloggers’ are also Mormon, and they’re probably pinning General Conference ideas a lot lately too. I’m guessing you’ve noticed. So, why the big surge of pins?? Well, that’s because the big day is Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. MDT (updated for 2017), and it’s definitely on our minds. Check your local listings or watch it streamed live on lds.org.
What is General Conference?
So, let me tell you… in case you’re wondering, in case you’re interested, or in case you’re bored and need something to read: General Conference happens twice a year, in the spring and fall. It’s a large meeting where leaders, including the Prophet (shown above with his two counselors) and his apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, speak on a variety of spiritual topics. These are the only two Sundays of the year where we don’t attend our regular meetings at our local church-house.
It is held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, but because there are 15 million members from all over the world, it is broadcast via satellite in 102 countries. Although I live close to Salt Lake, I usually watch the General Conference sessions with my family at home. One of these days, I’ll probably take my kids to the Conference Center to watch it, but I’ll wait until they’re a little older, when they have an attention span longer than 2 minutes. But for now, there are lots of fun ways to involve the kids in General Conference at home, hence the millions of General Conference pins you’ve been seeing.
The speakers are fabulous. Some General Conference talks I like more than others, but it’s usually because depending on what is happening in my life, there are certain messages that touch my heart more profoundly. Some talks put my right to sleep… their soothing voice, their sweet message… Aghh! Sometimes my kids poop their pants, spill their milk, or the dog runs away. But luckily, I can record it or go through the Ensign (the church magazine) later and check out anything I missed.
But, really… General Conference is awesome. One of my favorite things to do, before it starts, is to think of all the questions currently on my mind, things I may be struggling with. Like right now, I have just been feeling overwhelmed with all of my responsibilities. I would love to know a better way to organize my life and have the confidence to cut out any needless responsibilities. I would love to be more in tune to the needs of my children and my husband. To be able to recognize the best ways to teach them and to love them. I would love any inspiration on more ways that I can use my blog for good. Anyway, when I approach conference with questions on my mind and a prayer in my heart, every time… EVERY TIME, I get answers. I may have been distracted here and there, but I always come away feeling inspired and feeling like Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of me. And THAT, my friends, is why we’re all obsessed with General Conference. It makes us feel good. That is why we want to share it with our children, even though they may only understand small portions of it. Any portion is a good portion.
Oh, and the music. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is recognized all over the world for their beautiful songs. The music alone gives me goosebumps and makes me want to be a better person.
I love the testimony of conference shared in this video…
Safety for the Soul (my personal fave)
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Have a lovely Sunday!
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