November 2, 2015

LDS Prophet Asks for Donation for Refugees: Here is My Story

I have 10 minutes to write a post before I get my youngest up, but I want to share a small miracle. A few days ago I received a substantial check from my only affiliate on my website. It was an amount I was unaccustomed to and totally unexpected. I looked at it and thought, now what am I going to do with that money? We are at a moment in our lives when I didn't need it for food or clothes or Christmas presents.

The next morning I read the Deseret News article about the request from a living prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, that we contribute to the LDS Humanitarian fund: "It is with great concern and compassion that we observe the plight of the millions of people around the world who have fled their homes seeking relief from civil conflict and other hardships," wrote the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the letter.

I watched the video in the news article from showing the numbers fleeing for their lives or a better life and thought, "I had no idea this problem was escalating. I am living in a bubble. I sleep in a warm house and a comfy bed."And my heart was softened.

Pondering the Prophet's request I knew I would donate that check. I didn't have to question it. On Sunday my husband and I heard our bishop read with emotion the letter from the First Presidency from the pulpit. Later we discussed amounts to donate. He said, "How much do you want to donate?" I said, "How much do you want to donate?" He said, "I asked you first." We went back and forth like that. I told him my check. He wanted to donate more. Just like that, and we donated.

Yes, there are many causes we can choose to donate to. We may not be able to change the world, but we can make a difference for one person or one family. I believe as we donate, miracles will be magnified. May you each be blessed as you give.

Here are 40 ways you can reach out to refugees in your own neighborhood.

November 1, 2015

November Emergency Preparedness Goals - Holiday Baking, Heat and Clothing

November and December are my favorite months to gather holiday baking foods and baking basics into my food storage. Because of the expense of Christmas gifts and the busyness of the season, I like to gather inexpensive foods during these months. Most of them have a long shelf life, which is awesome. 

In November the foods I gather look exactly like some of the items you might want for a Thanksgiving feast. Bingo! A great time to get two things done at once. Just buy a few extra to keep on hand to use in your favorite recipes at other times of the year. 

In November I might gather:
  • Pumpkin, canned (2 - 5 year shelf life )
  • Broth, chicken or beef (2 - 5 year shelf life)
  • Brown Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
  • Powdered Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
  • Stuffing (12 - 18 month shelf life)
  • Yams (2 - 5 year shelf life)
  • Flour (1 year shelf life, but a 10 year shelf life in #10 cans) 
  • Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
The list below has all the things I like to gather and emergency supplies as well.

My emergency preparedness focus in November is heating and winter clothing. What would you do if you were without power for two weeks and had no heat? Do you have adequate blankets, coats, boots, hats, or mittens? Preparing for emergencies in mind will help our families during these difficult times. Living here in Utah makes us naturally gather these items every year. But it gets chilly in other states as well.

For some great sugar storing tips, check out this article by Leslie Probert, co-author of "Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell. See my Resources page for her book. I have learned so much from Leslie about food storage, so I highly recommend her.

I have much to be grateful for as a mother of 7 beautiful children, 6 grandchildren with one on the way, and being the wife of a great husband. I'm thankful to have my daughter (my fifth missionary) now serving in Illinois. They call her Hermana Albrechtsen. I love the scriptures and words of the living prophets. They strengthen me each day. I am thankful for my readers who come to my site for a little motivation. May you each know that this beautiful earth was created for you. As you look at its beauties remember; you are God's most beautiful creation.

Best wishes,

“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, 
and he will direct thee for good; 
yea, when thou liest down at night 
lie down unto the Lord, 
that he may watch over you in your sleep; 
and when thou risest in the morning 
let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; 
and if ye do these things, 
ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”

October 18, 2015

Neighborhood Emergency Information Form

Last year I served as an emergency resource (data collector) in my ward/area, and created spreadsheets to collect emergency information from people living in 100 homes in my neighborhood. Each household filled out one Emergency Information and Resource form which has places to enter emergency information, personal contact information, skills, resources and the utility shut off areas of a home in case an emergency leader needs to use them.

Front of form

I've been assigned again to assist an emergency neighborhood block captain and emergency neighborhood communications leader, and we are responsible for 25 homes. Yesterday we passed out the Emergency Information and Resource form.

Back of form

Those of you serving in emergency preparedness callings, or just a few neighbors or families trying to be more emergency conscious, may find these forms valuable. I'm also sharing additional forms to consolidate neighborhood resources, skills, medical specialists and special medical needs for your emergency leaders.

When filling out the forms, you share what they feel absolutely necessary. You have your agency, of course. Now that I've been CERT trained, I see that NOT sharing some of your personal information will delay contacting family members if you were unconscious or dead. The decision is yours what you want to share, but think about it. If you happened to be out of state, would you be willing to let others use your food? If they needed your ladder to get someone out of a home, could they? There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but those that have lived through disasters will understand.

Reviewing the form will also give you time to think how prepared you really are for emergencies. I looked through the buckets we keep some emergency supplies in, and found they were cracked on the bottom. Glad I looked. Got to replace them. Plastic cracks over time.

Wards and stakes are free to use and share these forms. I only put my website name on as a reference.

Here are the forms:

Emergency Information and Resource Form.pdf
Emergency Information and Resource Form.xls
Neighborhood Resource Form.pdf
Neighborhood Resource Form.xls
Neighborhood Skills Form.pdf
Neighborhood Skills Form.xls
Neighborhood Medical Specialists Form.pdf
Neighborhood Medical Specialists Form.xls
Neighborhood Special Medical Needs Form.pdf
Neighborhood Special Medical Needs Form.xls

October 8, 2015

My Favorite October 2015 General Conference Quotes

I absolutely loved General Conference and I didn't fall asleep during any of the sessions! A miracle for me. Many of us were awaiting the announcement of the three new apostles. I felt such peace when their names were announced.

I've been feasting on the conference talks little by little. In the wee hours of my morning, I turn on my Roku and watch 8 or 10 minutes of a talk, and I don't want them to end. Or I've listened on my cell phone at the gym.

Here is a collection of my favorite quotes from the October 2015 General Conference. Sorry if my quotes are long, but they are worth reading and will bring back memories of conference for you. They've been taken from so they will be accurate. But first you might want to see this chart. I love to look at the ages of the LDS General Authorities, and I've added the newest apostles.

The order in seniority, and ages of the LDS apostles and prophets.
Thomas S. Monson, 88 (8/21/27)
Russell M. Nelson, 91 (9/9/24)
Dallin H. Oaks, 83 (8/12/32)
M. Russell Ballard, 86 (10/8/28)
Robert D. Hales, 83 (8/24/32)
Jeffrey R. Holland, 74 (12/3/40)
Henry B. Eyring, 82 (5/31/33)
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 74 (11/6/40)
David A. Bednar, 63 (6/15/52)
Quentin L. Cook, 75 (9/8/40)
D. Todd Christofferson, 70 (1/24/45)
Neil L. Andersen, 64 (8/9/51)
Ronald A. Rasband 64 (2/6/51)
Gary E. Stevenson 60 (8/5/55)
Dale G. Renlund 62 (11/13/52)

~ President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
"When it comes to spiritual truth, how can we know that we are on the right path? One way is by asking the right questions—the kind that help us ponder our progress and evaluate how things are working for us. Questions like:
"Does my life have meaning?"
"Do I believe in God?"
"Do I believe that God knows and loves me?"
"Do I believe that God hears and answers my prayers?"
"Am I truly happy?"
"Are my efforts leading me to the highest spiritual goals and values in life?"

"Brothers and sisters, if you ever think that the gospel isn’t working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the gospel. I promise that God will guide and bless you on your path to a fulfilling life, and the gospel will definitely work better for you."
~ Elder M. Russell Ballard 
"God’s plan is in place. He is at the helm, and His great and powerful ship flows toward salvation and exaltation. Remember that we cannot get there by jumping out of the boat and trying to swim there by ourselves."
~ Elder Richard J. Maynes  
"The world in which we live is similar to the potter’s spinning wheel, and the speed of that wheel is increasing. Like the clay on the potter’s wheel, we must be centered as well. Our core, the center of our lives, must be Jesus Christ and His gospel. Living a Christ-centered life means we learn about Jesus Christ and His gospel and then we follow His example and keep His commandments with exactness."
~ Sister Neill F. Marriott
"family motto: “It will all work out.” 
"Some may think they have failed too many times and feel too weak to change sinful acts or worldly desires of the heart. However, as covenant Israel, we don’t just try and try on our own to change. If we earnestly appeal to God, He takes us as we are—and makes us more than we ever imagined."
~ Elder Larry R. Lawrence
"The Holy Ghost makes an ideal traveling companion. If we are humble and teachable, He will take us by the hand and lead us home."
"The Holy Ghost really does give customized counsel. He is a completely honest companion and will tell us things that no one else knows or has the courage to say."
~ Elder Francisco J. Vinas  
"The moment we begin to remember Him and keep His commandments every day—and not just on the Sabbath day—is when the remission of our sins begins to gradually take effect and His promise of having His Spirit with us begins to be fulfilled."
~ Elder Quentin L. Cook
"I would describe being "shipshape and Bristol fashion" as being temple worthy—in good times and in bad times."
~ Elder Robert D. Hales
"We need to tighten our grip on the rod that leads us back to Him. Now is the “day of choosing”1 for all of us."
"none of us marry perfection; we marry potential. The right marriage is not only about what I want; it’s also about what she—who’s going to be my companion—wants and needs me to be."
~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
"no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child. 
"it is not only that they bear us, but they continue bearing with us. It is not only the prenatal carrying but the lifelong carrying that makes mothering such a staggering feat."
"To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.’”
~ Elder Bradley D. Foster
"we are engaged in a battle with the world. In the past, the world competed for our children’s energy and time. Today, it fights for their identity and mind. Many loud and prominent voices are trying to define who our children are and what they should believe. We cannot let society give our family a makeover in the image of the world. We must win this battle. Everything depends on it."
~ Elder Hugo Montoya
"First—go the second mile. Second—please smile. Your smile will help others. Third—express compassion. Fourth—invite others to come to church.
~ Elder Vern P. Stanfill
"Our quest for light will be enhanced by our willingness to recognize when it shines in our lives. Modern scripture defines light and gives a promise to those who accept it: 'That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.' Just as when we kept pedaling toward the light, the more we persist, the brighter His influence becomes in our lives. Like the light at the end of the tunnel, His influence will bring us confidence, determination, comfort, and—most important—the power to know that He lives."
~ Elder James B. Martino
"I know some returned missionaries who have had undeniable spiritual experiences, but the lack of certain spiritual habits seems to have caused them to forget the times when God has spoken to them. To those returned missionaries and to all of us, if you 'have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?' If you do not feel it now, you can feel it again, but consider Nephi’s counsel. Be obedient, remember the times when you have felt the Spirit in the past, and ask in faith. Your answer will come, and you will feel the love and peace of the Savior. It may not come as quickly or in the format you desire, but the answer will come. Do not give up! Never give up!"
~ Elder Dallin H. Oaks
"Our Savior experienced and suffered the fulness of all mortal challenges 'according to the flesh' so He could know 'according to the flesh' how to 'succor [which means to give relief or aid to] his people according to their infirmities.' He therefore knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, and our suffering, for He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His Atonement. And because of this, His Atonement empowers Him to succor us—to give us the strength to bear it all."
~ President Thomas S. Monson
"Life is perfect for none of us, and at times the challenges and difficulties we face may become overwhelming, causing our light to dim. However, with help from our Heavenly Father, coupled with support from others, we can regain that light which will illuminate our own path once again and provide the light others may need. To illustrate, I share with you the touching words of a favorite poem I first read many years ago:
I met a stranger in the night
Whose lamp had ceased to shine.
I paused and let him light
His lamp from mine.
A tempest sprang up later on
And shook the world about.
And when the wind was gone
My lamp was out!
But back to me the stranger came—
His lamp was glowing fine!
He held the precious flame
And lighted mine!"
~ Elder Ronald A. Rasband
"I’m conīŦdent that there is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them. That does not mean He excuses or condones sinful conduct—I’m sure He does not—but it does mean we are to reach out to our fellowman in love to invite, persuade, serve, and rescue. Jesus Christ looked past people’s ethnicity, rank, and circumstances in order to teach them this profound truth."
~ Elder Gary E. Stevenson
"focus not on what I can’t do but rather on what I can do."
~ Elder Dale G. Renlund
"to effectively serve others we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes. Only then can we begin to comprehend the true worth of a soul. Only then can we sense the love that Heavenly Father has for all of His children. Only then can we sense the Savior’s caring concern for them. We cannot completely fulfill our covenant obligation to mourn with those who mourn and comfort those who stand in need of comfort unless we see them through God’s eyes."
~ President Russell M. Nelson
"We, your brethren, need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices. The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God!"
"So today I plead with my sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to step forward! Take your rightful and needful place in your home, in your community, and in the kingdom of God—more than you ever have before."
Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer
"one man or woman who is willing to testify when the world seems to be going in the opposite direction can make a difference."
"True disciples of Christ are not looking to make excuses for the doctrine when it doesn’t fit the world’s current concepts....  True disciples represent the Lord when it may not be convenient to do so. True disciples desire to inspire the hearts of men, not just impress them."
Elder Cladio R. M. Costa
"meditating on the sacrament prayers and the very special and meaningful words of the prayers reminds me how wonderful it is to receive the promise, during the blessing of the sacrament, that as we always remember Him, we will always have His Spirit with us."
President Henry B. Eyring
"For those who are struggling with the high standard needed to qualify for the gift of the Spirit’s companionship, I offer this encouragement. You have had times when you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost. It may have happened for you today. You can treat those moments of inspiration like the seed of faith that Alma described (see Alma 32:28). Plant each one. You can do that by acting on the prompting you felt. The most valuable inspiration will be for you to know what God would have you do. If it is to pay tithing or to visit a grieving friend, you should do it. Whatever it is, do it."
~ Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Regarding the Church: "Its destiny is to establish Zion in preparation for the return and millennial rule of Jesus Christ. Before that day, it will not be a kingdom in any political sense—as the Savior said, 'My kingdom is not of this world.' Rather, it is the repository of His authority in the earth, the administrator of His holy covenants, the custodian of His temples, the protector and proclaimer of His truth, the gathering place for scattered Israel, and 'a defense, and … a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.'"
~ Elder Devin G. Durrant
"Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results."
"The first invitation is simple: I invite you to save money each week."
"My second invitation is quite different from and much more important than the first. It is this: I invite you to 'ponderize' one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization."
~ Elder Von G. Keetch
"As we trust in the Lord, exercise our faith, obey His commandments, and follow the course He has charted for us, we become more the person the Lord wants us to become. It is this 'becoming'—this conversion of the heart—that is all-important."
~ Sister Carole M. Stephens
"His commandments are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him."
~ Elder Allan D. Haynie
"Repentance is real and it works. It is not a fictional experience or the product 'of a frenzied mind.' It has the power to lift burdens and replace them with hope."
~ Elder Kim B. Clark
"We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better."
~ Elder Koichi Aoyagi
After a difficult trial, "I went and talked with a trusted Church leader. As we were talking, with love in his voice, he said, 'Brother Aoyagi, isn’t your purpose for being on this earth to experience this trial? Isn’t it to accept all the trials of this life for what they are and then leave the rest up to the Lord? Don’t you think that this problem will be resolved when we are resurrected?'
When I heard these words, I felt the Spirit of the Lord very strongly. I had heard this doctrine countless times, but the eyes of my understanding had never been opened to the extent they were at this time. I understood this was the answer that I had been seeking from the Lord in my prayers. I was able to clearly comprehend our Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation and understand anew this important principle."
~ Elder David A. Bednar
"Quoting Elder Hales, “When you cannot do what you have always done, then you only do what matters most."

October 1, 2015

October Emergency Preparedness Goals - Oils, Fats, & Fire Safety

Fall is my favorite time of year! There is so much to look forward to: the change of color on the trees, football games, General Conference, holidays with family, yummy food, and case lot sales. Yes! I even look forward to that.

This month my food storage focus is oils and fats. Our bodies need fats to absorb certain nutrients to help our bodies function. When I think of fats it reminds me of the tin man in the Wizard of Oz getting some much needed oil. He says, "Oil can! My goodness! I can talk again. Oil my arms, please. Oil my elbows."

As we enter the holiday season, cooking oil, shortening, chocolate chips and baking chocolate go on sale. Of course I put chocolate chips in my food storage. Costco usually puts bags of them on sale, so I pick up two large bags and store them in my freezer for the coming year. But they don't have to be frozen. Put something yummy in your food storage too, since those little yummies can be great stress relievers during emergencies. And they taste good too!

In October, I buy a few cans of roast beef (Wal-mart), and some beef or turkey jerky for my 3-month food storage supply. These items are too costly for me to buy a year's supply. They are the least expensive at stores like Costco or Sam's Club. Some of you know how to dry your own beef, but this suburban mom just buys it.

It's important to store oil properly. Oil should NOT be stored in a garage where the heat will ruin it. Unopened vegetable oil has a 1-year shelf life, though it can be stored longer if you store it in a very cool (not freezing) location. Once opened the shelf-life is 4 - 6 months, so it's a good idea to write the date you open it on the outside of the bottle.

Oils should be stored in a dark location such as a closed cupboard or pantry. Olive oil has about a 6-month shelf life, but can be stored for a year in a refrigerator. To avoid using rancid oil, always smell it first. Sticks or canned shortening have a 2-year shelf life. Once opened, canned shortening has a 1 year shelf life, but the sticks only have a 6-month shelf life. I just threw too many numbers at you didn't I. Many of you are fans of coconut oil for your food storage, and since I'm not an expert on it, all I can say is my friends love it.

Peanut or almond butter is another item I stock up on this month, but remember it has a short shelf life of about 1 year. I usually keep a 6 month supply on hand in the small 18 oz. containers because we use it slowly. If you need help figuring out the shelf life of any food item, visit or look at the expiration date the manufacturer put on the item. And remember to see if the date is truly an expiration date OR a best buy date. Many items can be stored beyond the best buy date, but be careful about oils as rancid foods can make you sick. Yuck!

There are no long-term food storage items (20 to 30 year shelf-life) to gather this month, however continue to put a little bit of money in your emergency fund each week, and keep your emergency supply of drinking water up to date. How much water? At least one gallon per person for 14 days or at least 14 gallons per person. This can be used for cooking. If you live in Utah, cases of bottled water go on sale for about $2.50 at the case lot sales. That's about .10 per bottle for commercially prepared water. You can always get them at warehouse stores too.

My October emergency preparedness focus is fire prevention. It's time to test those smoke alarms, get your fire extinguisher tested, check that carbon monoxide alarm and have a mock fire drill. If you don't have a fire extinguisher, get one for small fires. Never use on large fires. Just get out!

DISASTER! No one likes that word, but the cleanup afterwards is awful. This month, put together a disaster cleanup kit. Many of these supplies can be found at your dollar store. Or you may have some on hand already. Wouldn't it be nice to be ready to help your neighbors? The following video by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a disaster cleaning bucket. I think they do a pretty good job explaining it.

That's it for October. Don't bite off more than you can chew. Decide what you CAN do this month, and do it!

Best Wishes,

"And inasmuch as they are faithful they shall be preserved, 
and I, the Lord, will be with them."

Go here for my 12 Monthly Preparedness Lists

September 29, 2015

General Conference Activity Notebook for Primary Kids

We are all excited to learn who the new apostles will be at the upcoming LDS General Conference. If you prepare a General Conference notebook for your child they will be excited too. There are some spaces in the notebook to add the names of the new living apostles.

A few year's ago we created an activity notebook in my ward for Primary children ages 6 - 11. I update the links every 6 months. The cool thing about this notebook is you can use it again and again and just remove old pages and put in new ones. My notebook has a-bit-of-this and a-bit-of-that from many sources. Look through the links and print what you think your child might enjoy. Keep their hands busy so their minds can feast as they listen to General Conference with you.

More ideas can be found on my Pinterest LDS General Conference FHE board. Also see The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z, and The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z 2. Have fun creating your General Confernece notebook!

General Conference Notebook for Primary-age Children
  • Get a 1 inch clear-view cover binder for each child.
  • Buy 5-tab divider pages and label them: My Notes, Coloring Pages, Activity Pages, Family Games, For Parents
  • Print any of the copies below.
  • Hole-punch your copies.
  • Put your copies in the notebook in your notebook.
  • Add  sheet protectors to hold game pieces like Bingo cards.
  • Provide colored markers, crayons, pencils and treats for your child. Have a great time!
Step 1: Print this cover page pdf  (My 10 year-old daughter still loves this picture by Beth Whittaker!) 

Step 2: Print these section title pages or create some of your own.
Step 3: Glue or staple the section title pages to your 5 tab dividers. You may have to trim them depending on your divider pages.

Step 4: Go to and print pages 4 - 12 in the General Conference Notebook. Use these for your child to take notes or draw notes on. Elder Packer, Perry and Scott have been removed and their are spaces for three new apostles. You can use that cover instead of mine.

Step 5: Print any of the coloring pages you want:
"God's Prophets and Apostles Speak to Us in General Conference" at
"I Will Follow the Prophet" at or anything else from this link.
"Prophets Teach Me How to Strengthen My Family"
"Jesus Created The Earth for Me" at (It's the same as my cover)
"Prophets Speak For Heavenly Father" and "Conference listen, then color pages' at the same at
"The Resurrection" by Harry Anderson at
"Jesus Christ Created The Earth As a Place Where I Can Choose The Right" at
"I Can Show Reverence For Sacred Places and Things" at
"I Came to Earth as Part of a Family" at

Step 6: Print any of the activity pages you want:
"Salt Lake Temple" dot-to-dot 1-35 or another others from
"Mary at the tomb" 1-79 dot-to-dot at (scroll down)
"The Gold Plates" 1 - 35 dot-to-dot at my
"Liahona Compass of Faith" dot-to-dot 1-60 at (scroll down)
Taking The Sacrament in House of The Lord dot-to-dot 1-86 at
"Mexico City Temple" dot-to-dot 1-65 at
"We Do Not Doubt" Stripling Warrior dot-to-dot 1-55 at
"Trust In The Lord" dot-to-dot 1-95 at
"David and Goliath" dot-to-dot 1-115 at
"Joseph Smith" dot-to-dot 1-55 at
"Sacrament" dot-to-dot 1-86 at
"Zion" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 34. Another packet!
"Endure to the End" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 8. Another packet!
"Easter" crossword puzzle at
"Latter-Day Prophet" word search or any other searches at
"Latter-Day Saint" word search at
Current "Prophet and Apostle" word search at (2 per page)
Article of Faith word searches #11 or #12 or #13  at
"Joseph Smith" word search at
"Noah's Ark" hidden pictures  at
"I Love My Family" hidden pictures  at
"The First Easter" story Rebus with word pictures (in color)
"Joseph F. Smith" crossword or "King Benjamin Teaches the People" or "Noah's Ark" cut outs at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"Word of Wisdom" and Joshua Served the Lord" hidden pictures at LDSLessonIdeas
"Remember Jesus During the Sacrament" picture wheel and other activities (scroll down)
Two "General Conference" hidden pictures at
"President Monson Follow the Prophet" hidden picture. Print in grayscale to save ink.
Make your own tracing-the-words pages for younger children from Create a page of words such as your child's name or the word "Jesus," "Prophet," "Love," "Family," "Temple," etc. Go to Tracer Pages. Click "Blank (No pictures)," and then "block" lettering. Put a word (10 letters and spaces or less) in the blank space and copy to all boxes.

Between sessions, play some games as a family.
Print a General Conference Squares cards for each family member from conference squares game card
Go to and let your child play "Articles of Faith Memory Quest"

Image result for lds memory quest

Let your kids watch the "Conference Center" video tour. Very sweet!

Print my "General Conference Helps for Parents" handout. Keep this in the binder so you can refer to it again. Or add any other handouts you find useful. A few weeks before conference, come back to this page and print something new for your child. You may also want to read "Preparing Our Children for General Conference" at

I'm getting excited for General Conference! Hope you are too.

(Links updated 9/29/15)

“It is when children are young that parents must be innovative in helping them develop good habits regarding conference participation. As our children are given opportunities to observe and learn the role of these special witnesses, they will receive a spiritual confirmation of the sacred calling of their Church leaders, and they will feel a deeper love for and interest in these leaders and their message.” Elder Neil L. Andersen


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