Countdown to Conference

I am excited to share with you another project that I felt inspired to put together for my children.  As I was studying my scriptures yesterday, I came across something that talked about preparing kids for General Conference.

One of my favorite apostles was Elder David B. Haight.  He spoke about how we should prepare our kids to listen to the leaders during General Conference…

David B. Haight"I once found myself among a group of deacons [12-13 year-old boys] in the southeastern United States. The subject turned to the Atlanta Braves. The boys knew each of the players on that baseball team. They knew the starting lineup, the home-run leader, the pitcher with the best record, and those on injured reserve. My questions then turned to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I asked if the boys knew the names of those Church leaders. Silence. Finally the name of the prophet was spoken. With some encouragement, the last name of one of the counselors in the First Presidency surfaced. No other names were known.

Some might say it is not the leaders who are important, but the message they bring. Yet, if our children do not know the names of the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, they most likely will not know their messages either. Others might say there are so many General Authorities that our children cannot know them all. However, our focus must rest with those we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. While the Church has grown, that number—fifteen—has remained the same."

Countdown to General ConferenceThis statement really touched me and I was inspired to do just that.  I want my children to come to love the Lord as they listen and follow the counsel of His living apostles and prophet.  I love the primary song that is called "Follow the Prophet."  At the end it says, "Follow the Prophet, he knows the way!"  We are blessed to have a living prophet and his two counselors as well as the 12 apostles on the earth.  I know that they are men of God, called to lead and teach us the things that our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ would have us know.  May your hearts be opened to the spirit of the Lord as we take this journey together and instill in the hearts of our children a love for the Lord's servants and the role of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Join us tomorrow as we start a Countdown to General Conference.  Each day we will focus on one of the 15 men who are called as "prophets, seers and revelators."  There will be some fun free worksheets to download for your kids, videos to watch and some lessons you can share with your children each evening to prepare for conference as they come to know the leaders of the church.