General Conference Traditions Booklet
As we prepare to hear the words of the Prophet and other mouthpieces of the Lord, I find myself focusing on the more important things in my life. There are things I strive to accomplish personally in my life, as a wife, as a mother, but especially as a daughter of God here on the Earth with purpose and direction. What exactly is that direction? Sometimes, I feel like there are so many different things pulling me in a lot of different directions all at once. You sisters seem to have it together and are constantly doing amazing things. It’s inspiring! But sometimes I ask myself, am I the only one going through this? General Conference helps me in 2 ways. First, the messages shared during each session of General Conference helps me to set righteous goals, but I especially love the instruction I receive on how to accomplish those goals. Second, it helps me to know that I’m not alone, I know there are so many great people around the world exercising faith in Christ, and I see it every day here in our ward. We all voted for Christ! We’re all trying to do the right things, in order to someday receive Exaltation with the people we love and hold dear.
What does it mean to exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, from a satellite broadcast address to Church Educational System educators given on February 3, 2006 titled “Seek Learning by Faith“, highlights three basic elements of faith:
- faith as the assurance of things hoped for that are true = Facing the future.
- faith as the evidence of things not seen = Looking to the past, learning from experience.
- faith as the principle of action in all intelligent beings = Initiating action in the present.
“Faith in Christ is tied to, and results in, hope in Christ for our redemption and exaltation. And assurance and hope make it possible for us to [act and] walk to the edge of the light and take a few steps into the darkness—expecting and trusting the light to move and illuminate the way. The combination of assurance and hope initiates action in the present.”
“Faith as the evidence of things not seen looks to the past and confirms our trust in God and our confidence in the truthfulness of things not seen. We [acted and] stepped into the darkness with assurance and hope, and we received evidence and confirmation as the light in fact moved and provided the light we needed. The witness we obtained after the trial of our faith (Ether 12:6) is evidence that enlarges and strengthens our assurance.”
“Assurance, action, and evidence influence each other in an ongoing process. As we again turn and face forward toward an uncertain future, assurance leads to action and produces evidence, which further increases assurance. Our confidence waxes stronger, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.”
If we remember that the Lord is with us whithersoever we go, (Joshua 1:9) and “the Lord is able to do all things if we exercise faith in him,” (1 Ne. 7:12) then we should have courage and not be afraid or dismayed to do those things He asks of us because together we (the Lord + me) can do anything! No matter where we are in life, no matter our trials, Christ makes up the difference and with Him by our side we can accomplish our most righteous goals and the deepest desires of our hearts.
I’m excited to learn from inspired leaders called to speak for the Lord, during this year’s April General Conference. I’m going to set goals and do the things, which I know will bring me REAL peace and joy in the future. I know I am human and still make mistakes but I know these things which I have shared are true. I will have courage to trust in the Lord, continue to try, try and try again, and know that together we can do anything. In the name of our Savior and Exemplar, even Jesus Christ, Amen.
Here’s a booklet I designed to help each of us make General Conference more meaningful. It includes traditions from a lot of different members and families which we can implement before, during and after General Conference. I hope you enjoy it!
- Click image above or this link to download the PDF.
- Print pages double sided. (there are 4 full size pages which totals to 8 half pages) Print page 1 & 8 on the back of 2 & 7, then print 3 & 6 on the back of 4 & 5. Once those are printed you’ll see how to line them up. make sure they all face the correct orientation, so they don’t end up upside down.
- Fold in half & saddle stitch (add to staples in the middle of the booklet to keep it together)
Hand them out to the sisters you Visit Teach or families you Home Teach. Enjoy!
Once of the traditions we have started is: Going to the Temple a week or 2 before General Conference. This is already helping us!