“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 of the Presidency of the Seventy, “Teaching Our Children to Love the Prophets,” Ensign, Apr. 1996, 47. )
Back in late March I put together this "Conference is Awesome" chart for the children, as well as a few other items to help make our General Conference more meaningful. You can see the original post here. It has the idea credits as well. It was a wonderful addition for our little children and they loved adding themselves to the podium and pretending they were giving a talk.
The chart is easy to make, a little time consuming but it was simple to do the cutting in an evening while I was watching a little TV. I am providing the files I created for our chart, which is different than the original ideas (General conference chart by Jen Lund and General conference chart 2 by Tiff Keetch.)
I included photos for the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, General Presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women, Primary, Sunday School, Quorum of the Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric. I has also included a few drawn figures for when someone from the quorum of the seventy speaks.
If you would like to recreate this chart or a version of this for your family you will need:
1. A large poster board. I used a corrugated tri-fold science fair project board that is sold in most school supply places.
2. Download and print the following pdf files.
File 1 Download Akimball_conference_sticker I printed on sticker paper or mailing label paper so that I could just cut it out and apply.
File 2 Download Akimball_conference_cardstock I printed on cardstock, cut out the items and laminated them. I left empty spaces for your to glue a photo of your own family, mother, father, etc.
File 3 Download Akimball_conference_topics_English Print on cardstock, cut out and laminate. I also created a universal version so you can add your topics to the photos in your native language. Download Akimball_conference_topics_blank
3. wallet size photos of your family members. I laminated these as well.
4. Letter stickers for the large titles and wrote the smaller information and created a border.
5. Decoupage medium (such as mod podge) to add over the finished poster board. I wanted this to withstand the rough and tumble of my boys so this process was necessary, but it might not be for you.
6. Velcro to adhere the pieces.
You might not need as many couches and your might want to find your own couches online rather than use ours. However I provided our couches in the download. I was thinking as my children get older I will add photos the my grandchildren or their families to our chart.
The missionary map (which prints in sections) was fun for the little people as they added Whitney in Europe and then they talked about where they want to serve and added their pictures in those locations. I only added velcro to the contents. I can always add more velcro as needed.
I wrote out the different offices, but you could easily use stickers. I will also update the downloads as the callings change.
The topics we keep in one of the conference binders because we hang our chart on the wall using removable hanging hooks or adhesive (like the command products). If you choose not to hang your chart you can add these to the back or your free-standing chart.
There was a little contention about who got to add where/when so I will be making a smaller version of this for each of the children to have in their conference binders. I will post those downloads in a few days. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Countdown to conference article has additonal items to help get your children excited for General Conference.