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Preparing your family for conference: Tips from Pinterest

Published: Thursday, April 4 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Looking for some new ideas to get your family excited for LDS general conference? Thanks to Pinterest, there are plenty of ideas to keep little ones entertained and adults engaged throughout the conference sessions. Here are a few of the most popular ideas among Pinterest users.

Younger children:

General conference baskets

Many children have trouble sitting still during all four sessions of general conference. Giving them activities to stay occupied may be the way to go. A pin on Pinterest shows a metal wastebasket filled with goodies and a general conference activity packet. The ensemble is complete with a printable attached, saying, "Don't let one minute of conference go to waste!" Parents can choose their own snacks and other items to include in the basket. An option for an activities packet, as well as printable games and coloring pages, can be found on LDS.org.

General conference buckets

A great way to get younger children to listen to conference is to have "general conference buckets." There are many pins on Pinterest relating to this certain activity. Use however many buckets you want, labeling each one with a different topic or word most likely to be spoken plenty of times during conference. Some ideas are "Prophet," "Temple," "Scriptures," "Faith" and "Family." You can even include pictures for each of the words you choose for those kids who may not be able to read yet. Fill up each bucket with a different candy or treat to be eaten whenever the words are spoken throughout conference. Kids are sure to keep their ears open for the words if there are treats involved.

General conference Easter egg hunt

Since April's general conferences are near Easter, why not include an Easter egg hunt for your kids during one or more of the sessions? A creative idea from Pinterest showed plastic eggs with pictures of the 12 apostles and First Presidency taped to them. Simply fill the eggs with prizes or treats, then hide the eggs near and around the area where you are watching conference. When an apostle or a member of the First Presidency speaks, have your child search for the egg with his picture. If you have more than one young child, use multiple eggs with the same pictures so each child will be able to find one. This is a great way to get your kids to not only learn names, but to associate names with faces as well. During October's semiannual general conference, you can replace the Easter egg hunt with a treasure hunt.

Older children and adults:

General conference packet

A Pinterest pin leads to a blog titled "SugarDoodle," where there are plenty of LDS ideas for any occasion. Before every general conference, SugarDoodle creates a packet that pretty much includes everything you would want it to. You can take notes, play games and even learn fun facts about the prophet, apostles and other church-related themes along the way. This packet contains plenty of helpful and fun information for teenagers and even adults to enjoy. The packet can be downloaded for free at sugardoodle.net. This is the first conference where SugarDoodle has offered packets in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

General conference journal

For some, all it takes to get excited about general conference is a new personalized journal to take notes in. Pinterest shows many journals specifically made for conference. All you have to do is buy a small customizable notebook, design a cover for it and you're ready to start taking notes when the time comes. This is also a smart way to keep your general conference notes organized throughout the years.

General conference quotes

During general conference, do you ever have that moment where you hear a great quote which you then write down in order to remember? Following the October 2012 general conference, many of the popular quotes were turned into printables and placed on Pinterest to either buy or print for free. One blog in particular, called "… and spiritually speaking," was a resource for 23 free memorable quote printables. To see or print printables from last conference, visit the blog spirituallythinking.blogspot.com. Make sure to keep an eye out for other free printables from this conference on either this blog or the many others found on Pinterest.

Kylie Lewis is an intern for the Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and does other feature articles. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, receiving a bachelor's degree in communications.

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