10 Tips to Get the Most Out of General Conference

By Becky Squire

General Conference is right around the corner! Are you prepared? I love how General Conference provides an opportunity for spiritual upliftment, guidance, and inspiration from church leaders. Whether you're a long-time member or new to the faith, here are some tips to help you make the most out of this meaningful experience.

Pray for Guidance

Before General Conference begins, take time to pray for guidance and inspiration. Ask Heavenly Father to help you have an open heart and mind to receive the messages that are most relevant to you personally. This simple act can set a positive tone for your conference experience.

Review Past Talks

Consider reviewing past talks from General Conference. This can help you familiarize yourself with the topics and messages that have been shared in previous sessions. It can also provide continuity and context for the current conference talks, making them more impactful and meaningful.

Set Spiritual Goals

Set specific spiritual goals for yourself as you approach General Conference. These goals could include seeking answers to specific questions, improving in areas of personal development, or strengthening your testimony of gospel principles. Writing down your goals can help you focus your efforts during conference sessions.

Create a Comfortable Environment

Create a comfortable environment where you can watch or listen to General Conference. Find a quiet space, eliminate background noise, and ensure that your technology is set up and functioning properly. Having a comfortable setting can enhance your ability to focus and receive spiritual insights. You can do this even if you have small children! Include them in creating the perfect space.

Prepare Mentally and Emotionally

Take time to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for General Conference. Reflect on your current spiritual journey, acknowledge any challenges or concerns you may have, and approach conference with a mindset of openness and receptivity. Being emotionally prepared can enhance your ability to connect with the messages shared.

Invite Others to Participate

Consider inviting friends or family members to join you in watching General Conference. Sharing this experience with loved ones can foster meaningful discussions, deepen relationships, and provide mutual support and encouragement in living gospel principles.

Have Pen and Paper Ready

Keep a pen and paper handy during General Conference sessions. Take notes as you listen to talks or impressions that come to your mind. Writing down key points, insights, and personal promptings can help you retain and apply the messages long after conference has ended.

Practice Patience and Openness

Approach General Conference with patience and openness. Recognize that not every talk or message may resonate with you immediately, but stay engaged and attentive throughout the sessions. Trust that the Lord will inspire you with the messages that are most relevant and meaningful to your life.

Follow Up with Action

After General Conference concludes, follow up with action. Review your notes, revisit the messages that stood out to you, and prayerfully consider how you can apply them in your daily life. Setting specific action steps based on conference insights can lead to personal growth and spiritual development.

Express Gratitude

Finally, express gratitude for the opportunity to participate in General Conference. Thank Heavenly Father for the inspired messages, the guidance received, and the blessings of being part of a global community of faith. Gratitude cultivates a positive mindset and invites continued spiritual growth.

Preparing for General Conference involves spiritual, mental, and emotional readiness. By following these tips and approaches, you can make the most out of this sacred gathering and receive personal revelation and inspiration tailored to your needs and circumstances.

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