General conference is held every six months, but the inspiring and important messages shared in conference can bless your family all year long. By centering lessons and spontaneous teaching opportunities around the messages of conference, you can help your children remember and apply what the prophet and apostles teach. Here are some teaching tips that have worked for our family.
1. Keep it simple
When creating lessons, sometimes shorter is better. Depending on the age of your children, a lesson that is a few minutes long might be just right. Prayerfully choose and focus on just one or two short lines from each talk. Lines like “Catch the wave of missionary work” and “Fan the flame of your faith” are easy to remember and visualize. Paraphrase longer teachings if necessary. Poems or rhymes, like the ones President Monson often includes in his talks, are especially appealing to children. Memorizing them will make it easier for children to internalize the main point of a talk.
- What our family did: We used a menu board to display a general conference quote and the speaker’s name in a high-traffic area of our home. Now our children get a thrill each time they hear one of those lines quoted in sacrament meeting!
2. Bring object lessons to life
General conference speakers use everyday objects and common situations to teach great truths simply, as did the Savior. Using objects or pictures can help children remember and understand what was said. By re-creating the object lesson from a talk, you can allow children to draw their own insights from what is being taught. In addition to looking for familiar imagery during conference talks, listen for references to things kids can eat, drink, hear, feel, see, smell, or touch—and explore them together!
- What our family did: We identify memorable objects mentioned in conference talks and use them in later lessons to help the children remember the main point. A recent favorite was when we discussed a conference talk by President Uchtdorf. The kids learned for themselves the wisdom of gratitude when they sipped from a “bottle of bitterness,” filled with lemon juice, and drank from a “goblet of gratitude,” filled with apple juice.
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