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Studying General Conference with your Family

Studying General Conference with your Family

Explain the Role of Modern-Day Prophets

Explain the Role of Modern-Day Prophets
This fun, simple video explains why God has called modern-day prophets and apostles. Bear your testimony to your family of the role of prophets.
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Know the Basics:

  • Prophets are inspired men who have been called of God to speak for the Lord.

  • Just as there were prophets in ancient times, like Adam, Moses, and Isaiah, the Lord has called men on the earth today as prophets.

  • Prophets testify of Jesus Christ and teach His gospel. They make known God’s will. At times, they may be inspired to prophesy of future events for our benefit.

  • The President of the Church is also referred to as the prophet—the only person on earth authorized to receive revelation for the entire Church. Members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are also prophets with authority to counsel and guide us.

  • Pure testimony inspired by the Holy Ghost can testify to others. Share with your family how you’ve been blessed by following the prophets.

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Know the General Authorities

Know the General Authorities

As you prepare to watch or study a particular talk, first learn more about the speaker. Search for their name on lds.org. The prophets and apostles can be found here.

Learn quotes
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Learn quotes
  • Select a quote you find meaningful and post it somewhere in the house where family members will see it. Invite other family members to take turns selecting something to post. Family members may also choose to memorize the quote.

  • Make a meme poster of favourite quotes. Encourage your children to make their own meme posters of their favourite quotes like this one. There are more below.

Study topics and speakers
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Study topics and speakers

As a family, choose a topic or speaker to study together. Individual family members can then find different talks or quotes on that topic or by that speaker and share what they learned. New All Talks by Topics and All Talks by Speakers indexes on lds.org can help. Watch the talk or part of it, and allow time for questions or comments.

Apply teachings

Apply teachings

After studying a talk, ask family members to share different ways the teachings apply to their lives. Choose one way your family will apply one of the lessons from that particular talk. Set a goal and put up a reminder. Talk about it frequently.

Share teachings

Share teachings

Give family members time to share teachings they have found from their personal study of a general conference talk that are particularly meaningful to them.

Keeping a notebook
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Keeping a notebook

Encourage family members to keep a general conference notebook in which they write quotes, thoughts, stories, or lessons which are important to them. These can be used for talks or lessons such as family home evening, and can be referred to often as reminders of what the general authorities have taught.

Testify
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Testify

More than background information or an impressive knowledge of what the speakers said, your testimony is the most powerful thing you can share with your family. Think of your favourite general conference experiences. They don’t have to be dramatic. You don’t need to have shaken an Apostle’s hand. Instead, think of the moments when you’ve simply felt the Spirit or better understood a challenge you’ve been facing. Think of a time when you truly desired to be more Christlike and how that desire changed your behaviour. Share this with your family, and their testimonies will be strengthened.

Read what other members have learned from watching general conference.

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