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General Conference Traditions

MCQ - October 4, 2008

Lately I have been hearing about a lot of traditions followed by members of the Church when General Conference time comes around.  One family I know gathers all family and extended family members together for a large breakfast Sunday morning, then watches the Sunday morning session together.  Another does the same thing with dinner and the afternoon session.  Many families gather all their male members to attend the Priesthood session together.  I have also heard from fathers who conduct interviews with their children (sort of a spiritual “check-up” and a time to give a father’s blessing if needed) between conference sessions.  Do you have personal or family General Conference traditions?  What are they?


  1. Waffles on Sunday morning. I don’t know that we did it consistently growing up, (certainly a fast Sunday tradition) but enough that I’ve made it my own tradition for wherever I’m living for whoever is over to watch:)

    Comment by Bret — October 4, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  2. Growing up, we’d always fly out to April conference and ski for a week beforehand…

    Other than that, it was tradition to attend all the sessions.

    Comment by Nitsav — October 5, 2008 @ 6:57 am

  3. Cinnamon Rolls on Sunday morning (happening right now) and hanging with each other (our immediate family). It’s a great weekend for us because we slow our lives down on purpose, watch all sessions (the kids have a choice on Sat, what with their small attention spans and all), and we just snuggle up on the couch and enjoy.

    Last conference (April) we were moving from CA to UT, so we didn’t get to hear much of conference (I-80 in Nevada gets the WORST reception!), but we were together (in Yosemite for the Sat), and so it was still good. :)

    Comment by cheryl — October 5, 2008 @ 7:16 am

  4. Our family has a 72-hour kit for each of our kids. Each conference they get to eat and drink the food out and restock it with new granola bars, juices, etc as a way of rotating them.

    Comment by Paul Brand — October 5, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  5. Ok, so far Nitsav gets the prize for the best GC tradition. A week of skiing? Sign me up!

    Comment by MCQ — October 5, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  6. When we lived near family it was our tradition to go watch conference at my parents’ house. They aren’t church members and it was basically the only exposure they got to any type of church meeting. They got it on their satellite TV and we didn’t get it on our cable.

    Comment by Susan M — October 5, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  7. When the kids were younger, we would have a big pancake breakfast (sometimes English breakfast) on conference Sundays – the only Sunday with plenty of time in the mornings.

    Comment by Velska — October 5, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  8. Conference Tradition: Sleep in.

    Comment by meems — October 5, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  9. That’s not a tradition, meems, it’s doctrine at my house.

    Comment by MCQ — October 5, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

  10. My dad would offer up some kind of meaningless prize to whoever was the first kid to spot our neighbor seated with the choir. (She had a distinctive white curl amidst dyed black hair.) Rather silly, but it got us to watch.

    In fact, looking back I realize that we were glued to the TV looking for a woman who wasn’t there half the time: the MoTab doesn’t even perform at every session!

    Comment by the teenage version of BrianJ — October 5, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

  11. We would do virgin jello shots every time we heard the word “Uchtdorf.” Okay, not really. But it would be a great tradition.

    Comment by David T. — October 6, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  12. Awesome, David T, but you need a better word. How about “faith?” That would really get the jello shots going!

    Comment by MCQ — October 6, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  13. when my husband was in the military, one of our on-base and pregnant acquaintances asked if we knew of a recipe for virgin jell-o shooters. she loved how they tasted, but alas! she was pregnant! :::sigh:::

    our tradition sucks. we don’t have tv, so we truck the family to the stake center for all of it. this weekend, we actually watched sunday on the computer (no internet, but we borrowed our neighbor’s) and i feel like we missed out. i have no interest in getting cable (well, satellite, i guess, since cable here is no longer carrying conference) EXCEPT for byutv. seems like a waste of money, but i’d love to have the cozy family conference traditions that everyone else has. as it is, my kids will say their memories are of being starved all conference morning as toddlers and young children and being forced to eat their bagels and juice boxes quietly at the stake center. starvation is the key to good behavior when it comes to small children! ;)

    Comment by makakona — October 6, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

  14. More and more, I’m feeling like cable is, in fact, a big waste of money. It is hard to get rid of once you have it, however.

    Comment by MCQ — October 6, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

  15. Our conference tradition is to go on vacation or at least a day trip. If they didn’t want us to have access to our leaders’ teachings outside of conference, then they wouldn’t print the talks in the Ensign and on the Internet, would they?

    Seriously, I’m a good reader and a bad listener. A couple of quality hours spent closely reading the conference Ensign is vastly more enriching for me than 10 hours fighting off sleep in an overheated chapel.

    Comment by Bro. Jones — October 7, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  16. Agreed, you can always listen to conference on the radio while driving on a trip or while doing other activities. That wouldn’t work for Priesthod but it would for the Saturday sessions at least.

    Comment by MCQ — October 7, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

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