I hope you had an absolutely wonderful General Conference weekend! My children amazed me with their ability to sit and listen this time around. I guess that's what NINE years of practice watching all of the sessions together will do for ya! Either that or they were in a candy coma! :)
Seriously, though, I think we've all grown *a lot* in the process of watching General Conference together, including/especially myself!
As I mentioned on Facebook, neither my printer nor my oven were working this weekend, so we kept things very simple! Just putting that out there...less IS more. Since we were forced to watch it in our back room, I think there were also less distractions back there...and fewer ways out!
In this post, I'm including pictures of some activities that helped us learn during Conference this weekend. More than ever, the kids really enjoyed writing notes on the Apostles' talks on our erasable chalk board banner (read more about it here.) And we kept track of our memorized scriptures quoted during Conference on this big paper on our wall.
The other activity that proved to be precipitous was writing down every mention of children, stories about children, songs sung from the Children's Songbook, etc. My children were given this note-taking sheet by their Primary teachers, and boy did they use it, especially on Saturday, when children were spoken of in nearly every talk!
The day/morning following conference, I like to poll my children to see what teachings they remember. If they take good notes, they usually remember a lot. Scarlett took good notes.
This time around, I asked them which talks they'd like to be in charge of teaching to the family during our General Conference lessons. I wrote down the stories that they volunteered:
This always tells me what they really heard, what stories grabbed their interest, who was paying attention, and how much did they actually retain!
I'm proud of Autumn for being the first to volunteer a story: "stay by the tree!" Knowing her like I do, this just made me happy to see her growing in her ability to vocalize her beautiful thoughts. Guy did not take very many notes, so he struggled to recall three teachings/stories from Conference. Scarlett, being such a compassionate girl, can't stand to see anyone struggle, so she volunteered some of her notes for Guy to "use" for his answers. (Sharing her oil, as it were!)
Well, we've had a very adventurous Spring Break so far, and we've got the day off today, so I must be off and doing with my kids! I wish I could journal/blog about all of my thoughts from the weekend/week previous, but there's no time for that.
I will share the scripture that I read today...as part of my General Conference resolution to "every day, every day, every day" read The Book of Mormon and learn from the living prophets. I happen to be reading in Jacob 6...might be a good one to read with your families tonight in FHE (as we did this morning!) and think about how it applies to you and General Conference!
7 For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire?
8 Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?
9 Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God?...
11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
12 O be wise; what can I say more?
(Jacob 6: 7-12) #LDSConf