It’s one of our favorite times of the year — General Conference! Sometimes teenagers (and adults!) look at General Conference as a vacation from regular church. But of course we know that General Conference is a time to listen to prophetic counsel (see this excerpt from a chapter from WHY?: Why should I listen to the prophet?).
Here are a couple of ideas of how you can get more from General Conference (this obviously is not an exhaustive list):
1. Learn the names and faces of the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Somehow it makes a big difference when we know and recognize them. We tend to pay more attention to people we know. Some flashcards are available here.
2. Learn about the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Summaries of their lives and a compliation of their talks can be found here. This would make for great study in the days leading up to conference!
3. Go to all of the session of conference. This sounds basic, but we know of many youth (and adults) who make other plans instead of blocking out time for the Saturday sessions. Block out time to attend each session!
4. Go to conference with questions. One thing each of us can do to make General Conference more meaningful is to make a list of personal questions, struggles, and concerns we have, and then pray to the Lord asking that these issues will be addressed in Conference. As we listen to living prophets we will find answers to our questions.
5. Last, but not least, build some fun traditions around conference. One of mine is to bake “Conference Cake” — a few batches so there is enough for the whole weekend! (Recipe below). Happy General Conference weekend!
For one 9×13 pan
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan. Mix together:
1 cup milk
¼ cup oil
2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
1 TBS Baking Powder
1 TSP salt
Beat eggs, stir in milk and oil. Mix in remaining ingredients just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
Put onto pan. I’ve found it’s helpful to put lots of flour on your hands to smush it down so it doesn’t get all sticky. Then put on the topping. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the topping is crisp.
1.5 cups brown sugar (packed)
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1.5 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup butter or margine, soften.
Mix first four ingredients, then cut in butter until well mixed.