As general conference approaches, general leaders of Relief Society, Young Women and Primary shared ways that members can prepare for the messages they will receive on April 6 and 7.
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and her husband, Brother Carlos Aburto, have the privilege of working as independent contractors for the Church in their work as translators.
“It has been a great blessing to be able to translate into Spanish the text for some general conference talks,” she wrote in an April 2 Facebook post. “Translating their messages is certainly a spiritual experience. Many times, tears roll down our faces as our fingers type the words, because we feel the Spirit guiding us and testifying to us about the truths being taught.”
The post continues: “As we prepare to listen with our ears and hearts during this upcoming general conference, the Holy Ghost will bear witness to us about the changes we need to make in our lives so we can live the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully.”
In her preparations for general conference, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, has been pondering the question, “What think ye of Christ?”
While those who speak in general conference likely won’t say the words, “Here is what I think of Christ,” their testimonies will be evident in the messages they share, Sister Cordon wrote in an April 4 Facebook post.
“I hope you will join me in writing down what you learn about the Savior. If you do, by the end of conference, what marvelous insights you will have! Then, add what you think of Christ to that list.”
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, also likes to prepare for general conference. One way is through general conference traditions, many of which have to do with food.
In an April 3 Facebook post, Sister Craig shared a recipe for yeasted honey waffles from her sister-in-law. They are “the best waffles I have ever tasted!”
She also added, “Last April President Nelson extended a challenge with a promise that I know to be true. ‘I exhort you to study the messages of this conference frequently ... during the next six months. ... Your desire to obey will be enhanced as you remember and reflect upon what you have felt these past two days.’”
Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, shared her love for springtime in an April 2 post. “The crocuses and daffodils are peeking through the ground, and the bright sunshine warms my soul.”
General conference is another reason that she loves this time of year. “I feel extremely blessed to hear the messages our Father in Heaven wants me to know,” Sister Franco said. “I humbly pray before conference that I will receive answers to my questions. I seek not only to hear the truths spoken, but I also pray that I will embrace them.”
On April 2, Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, shared a picture of her with the Konan family from Cote d’Ivoire. “This wonderful family lives near the construction site of the Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Temple, and they are working toward being ready to attend when it is completed,” she wrote.
Although they live half a world apart, Sister Bingham and Sister Konan are looking forward to general conference. “The guidance, spiritual uplift, and encouragement we receive for our own situations is so valuable. Listening to conference and acting on the personal revelation received there can strengthen each of us as it strengthens the Konan family.”
Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, shared how new Primary songs “show us how to be better followers of Jesus Christ.”
In the April 3 post, she shared a link to instructions for singing time and children’s sacrament meeting presentations.
“When you gather for study and discussion during the week, you can sing these songs at home, too,” Sister Harkness wrote. “No worries, your children will teach you! Singing songs about Jesus Christ and His teachings will help reinforce doctrine and extend teaching moments throughout the week all while bringing families closer together.”