Saturday, October 1, 2011

Conference Weekend

It is the 181 semiannual General Conference of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Links for Conference:
via Sassy Sites
Pray for  Answers ...

Listen to the Words ...
"Now, brothers and sisters, we are anxious to listen to the messages which will be presented to us today and tomorrow. Those who will address us have sought heaven’s help and direction as they have prepared their messages. That we may be filled with the Spirit of the Lord and be uplifted and inspired as we listen and learn is my prayer."

-President Thomas S. Monson.

Take Notes ...

Be Inspired ...

Don't "CHEET" yourself!  Watch General Conference! 
Conference can be full of Personal Progress experiences!  
Here are some ideas for 
optional goals under each value: 
Faith - Increase your love, understanding and testimony of Jesus Christ. Take  notes during a session of conference and only write what is specifically said about Jesus Christ in each talk.  Write your testimony of the Savior in your journal after you review your notes. 
Divine Nature - Encourage your father and brothers (age 12+) to attend the GeneralPriesthood session of conference.  Help them by preparing their clothing for this occasion--iron their shirts/pants and clean their shoes.  Write your feelings in your journal after you complete the task. 
Individual Worth - Read the talks from the General Young Women's meeting found in the May Ensign following conference. Highlight, or write down what the leaders have said about your worth.  Write your feelings about what you have read in your journal. 
Knowledge - Make a list of scriptures quoted in one session of General Conference. Memorize one scripture that applies to you.  Keep the list in your journal or your scriptures. 
Choice & Accountability - After you listen to a session of conference think about the topics discussed and choose one area in your life in which you can improve.  Write your commitment to change in your journal and read it often.  Pray to have the strength to make this change. 
Good Works-In preparation for General Conference, help your parents by cleaning 3 rooms in your home.  Encourage your family to complete all chores before conference weekend so that it can be a relaxing, no-work weekend. 
Integrity - Listen for information from our leaders on ways that we can strengthen our families.  Pick one way that you think your family can be strengthened and set a goal to do your part to make it happen.  Discuss your goal with your parents and put a plan into action. 
Virtue - Read this General Conference Talk and write down your feelings and thoughts. Share them with a parent or YW Leader.

General Conference Value Project

via The Idea Door

  1. Write out your goal in your Personal Progress book under a value of your choice, and have your leader or parent approve it.
  2. Make a General Conference notebook.  It can be as simple or as fancy as you wish.  You could decorate a regular notebook with paper, embellishments or pictures of apostles and prophets from the church website.  Make sure you keep track of your time.  
  3. Listen to all four sessions of General Conference, taking notes of every speaker, and being especially aware of any speaker whose subject matter is dealing with the value you have chosen.  For April’s Conference, you can also watch the Young Women’s broadcast and take notes on that session as well.
  4. After or between sessions, look at your notes (especially concentrating on the speakers who have spoken about your chosen value).  Have your scriptures nearby.  For the other two or less hours of your project, write a summary of what you have learned about your value.  You may include the following ideas:
    1. Faith or Knowledge: Write about how your faith or knowledge has increased by listening to the words of the prophets.  Include ideas about how your testimony of the prophet has grown.
    2. Divine NatureIndividual Worth, or Integrity:  Write about any new ideas you have on how you can increase your divine nature, individual worth, or integrity.  Include your testimony of these important values.
    3. Choice and Accountability:  Write about your choice to listen to all sessions of conference.  Include ideas on how conference affected you, as well as your testimony of the importance of making good choices.
    4. Good Works: Write about ideas that you have come up with for doing service to others.  Refer to specific examples from the talks you have heard.  Write about the importance of showing gratitude for the unspoken service all around you, especially from family members.
    5. Remember that all Conference talks will be posted at three days after Conference is over, in case you need to refer to them again.
  5. By now, you should have completed your 10-hour project!  Evaluate your project in your Personal Progress book, and have it signed off by your parent or leader.  Be sure to show them your awesome General Conference notebook.  They will for sure be impressed!

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