If you’re looking for ways to review General Conference in Family Home Evening, Young Women, Sunday School, or Seminary class, you’ve come to the right place. These ideas are mostly from Seminary teachers, but you can use them in many different situations:
1. Fantasy General Conference
For Fantasy General Conference, students make guesses about who will be conducting which session, when each apostle will speak, what new temples might be announced, and what color the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will wear. The intent is to help students pay attention during conference. Cheryl K. explains, “We will do Fantasy General Conference ahead of time, where the teams make their picks as to who will speak, how many red ties, which topics, etc. There is a Facebook Page for it, as well as a downloadable printout.” See https://www.facebook.com/…/Fantasy…/311333842325536
2. Bring in Questions
Provide each student a 3×5 inch card and assign students to bring in questions from general conference (with answers). When I did this in my Seminary class, I asked the class president to remind students to text students and remind them to bring in their questions. I also usually throw in a few fill in the blank style questions myself in case students forget. Here’s what I’ve said about this idea: “In the past I’ve passed out a paper for kids to write down two questions with answers — 1 easy and 1 difficult — from the Sunday morning session. Then I ask the class their own questions during the Monday class following Conference. It means all I have to do is show up.” Kristine M does it slightly differently: “We give them five 3×5 cards to write questions on from the 4 sessions (no priesthood ones). We use it for Genreral conference review. One year I brought in cupcakes and we had a ‘celebration’ to get ready for Conference on Friday. The problem with April conference is we generally have Sprjng Break the week afterwards so it can be hard to get the kids to do the cards, remember to bring them, etc. when it has been a week since conference. The first day back is a lot of [chatter] about the talks, the stories, things that stood out to them, etc. I’m always impressed with how well they listen, how much they watch, etc.”
3. Assign an Apostle
Abish D. assigns her students an apostle on the last day of Seminary before Conference. Students are to come to class ready to report on that apostle’s talk with a summary. She says, “It’s been great. They share a summary of the talk and then the whole class adds to their comments. I love this because then we cover most of the talks instead of just the ‘popular’ talks and everyone has something to share. … I think it’s also helping my students see there is value in Saturday conference.”
4. Use Technology
Mitzi C says, “I went to http://polleverywhere.com/ and have typed a question per speaker then the students will use their cell phones to message their answer. We will have the poll questions and answers on the TV screen live so then we can discuss the answers a great way to use technology and keep students engaged.”
5. Chalk Talk
“For our #ldsconf review, I had the kids do a ‘Chalk Talk’ where they come up to the front and write down what they remember or liked from Conference silently. Then we discuss the items on the board. This is always a good activity because it leads to good discussions. I also showed some of the tweets from Conference on the television.”
6. Conference Trivia, Bingo, Bowl, or Jeopardy
Several members of the church post their General Conference trivia questions, bingo games, or Jeopardy-style games online. Just Google for it. You might make your own game like Julie H: “We always do conference jeopardy…they take notes (some do) and they are in their ‘zones’ [assigned groups] to answer the questions. We talk about each thing and how it applies to us. I usually do like 5 categories then I do a classmate category with things about each person in the class, including me. So fun! They love it. It does involve prep time but its a great way to review conference.” Donna H shared, “What we do I got from NWSeminary website. On the Monday right after General Conference, I do a Conference Bowl. I watch all sessions and write notes to get questions (and answers) from the talks. I want the students to do the questions, but most usually don’t. They do love the bowl though. The entire class is devoted to it. It’s set up kind of like the Family Feud game, with 2 teams, BUT they only come up and ring the service bell (off of 2 smartphones with service bell apps). It’s so much fun. Each member of the winning team receives a full size candy bar each and the other team gets more like a fun size bar each.”
7. Watch for Scripture Mastery
Rebecca B says, “We actually have a little competition in our seminary class to see who hears the most SM references. I got 27 this conference, but I know I missed some.” Susanne B. also adds, “I’m in so much trouble. I told my students I would give them a candy bar for each scripture [mastery] they could point to in a specific talk. I have 17 students. There were at least 3 scripture masteries in the first session. I’m going out for more candy….I’m going to be broke!” Dorianne V shared: “It’s so funny, we’ve been working on memorizing [Helaman 5:12] for the past 2 weeks and on the last day this week I said, ‘I bet we’ll hear this scripture in conference,’ and my daughter in the class said, ‘We should all stand and recite it when we hear it and be united.’ I was madly messaging all my students this morning every time we heard it. ‘See??? I TOLD YOU!’ LOL!”
8. Have a Lesson between Sessions
Katrina M shared: ” We had a seminary class in between sessions, and it was amazing how many of the things we talked about were addressed in the morning session. It was like it was for us! Incredible! I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
9. Offer Makeup Work for Watching Conference
In this area, we offer 2 absences or 4 tardies for each session of Conference students watch. This encourages participation in conference and helps be sure that students are able to talk about the material during class the next day. Mitzi C says, “[Students] have been asked to take notes and then write a paragraph on what the talk meant to them or what they will do to apply it to their live. These will count for make up absences and excessive tardies.” “I make donuts and have them come over to my home on Sunday. We discuss conference, with each of them reporting on the talks that meant the most to them and why. That is how they earn their donuts. I also count it as a make up day,” says Michelle W.
10. Create a Treasure Box of Quotes
Connie H’s “class usually comes over on Saturday to watch the first session with me. I make sure they take notes. On Monday we talk about conference. I give them slips of paper to write their favorite thought or quote on. The papers go into our ‘treasure box.’ Then when we have extra time after a lesson, we pull out a paper and talk about it.” Great Five Minute Filler!
11. Physical Reminder
Wendy T says, “I give my students a small token (this year it will be a plastic green army man) on the Friday before the women’s broadcast. They are supposed to always have it with them and remember the theme we’ve talked about leading up to conference. This year since my husband is currently deployed our theme has been the importance of putting on the armor of God. I check twice in class to see if they have it and they get a small food treat if they do. Then after conference we share some of our impressions.”
12. Check Twitter
Go to http://twitter.com/ and search for “#ldsconf”. You’ll find thousands of pithy statements, memes, and observations from General Conference that can spark a discussion in your class.
13. Set a Goal or Issue a Challenge
Amy G shared this idea: “One of the handouts I made for a few years was just a one page deal. I ripped it off from the Disneyland/World commercial they show at the end of the super bowl and other big events. Across the handout I said, ‘You’ve just watch General Conference, what are you going to do next?’ The page had a small box for a goal or an application from each of the First Presidency’s and Apostles’ talks and an explanation at the top that they should think about one thing that each talk made them want to do or change, etc. On the back of the page I had all 25 scripture mastery scriptures and asked them to keep track of when they were used.” Paula H also shared the following: “I gave my youth a challenge from Elder David A Bednar’s book The Power to Become. I just changed it up a bit. I am having them write down examples from the Book of Mormon of those who received ‘strength beyond their own,’ and then during conference write down the examples they hear in the talks.”
14. Who Said That?
Brenda C and Abish D shared how they print out quotes or memes from General Conference and display them around the room. Brenda numbers hers and lets students go around the room guessing who said which quote.
15. Listen for an Answer
One teacher asked her students to write down some specific questions, temptations, problems, or trials they currently had. Students were invited to listen to General Conference and try to find answers to their problems at General Conference.
There are many more ways to review General Conference. Please share some of your ideas below!