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5 inspiring ways to study General Conference talks

Are you a General Conference junkie?

I also love to share great things I find to enhance my scripture study! Today I want to share 5 Inspiring ways to study General Conference talks using multiple learning styles

(You can read more about learning styles and how they relate to scripture study here.)


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Learning from General Conference Messages –suggestions available in the Liahona Magazine, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints website and on the Gospel Library App. The suggestions are perfect if you are teaching a Elder’s Quorum or Relief Society lesson and just for personal study. I love the variety of ideas and how they address each learning style. While teaching or studying, use a variety of suggestions to meet the needs of most learners in your class. 


The suggestions fit Intrapersonal Learners, Interpersonal Learners, Kinesthetic Learners, Linguistic Learners, Logical-Mathematical Learners, Musical Learners, and Spacial-Visual Learners.

Take notes in a special notebook while watching General Conference and then refer back to your notes while studying each talk. Don’t just write the words that are being spoken, but the thoughts and impressions that come to mind. (You might be surprised when comparing the two–the notes you write might be very random–that my friend is personal revelation–when we write something that was not spoken).  


You can use a plain notebook, copy paper, lined paper, a special journal or anything you like to take notes. I have used a variety of “notebooks” over the years since I love taking notes.


For the past two years, I have purchased the Work + Wonder General Conference Workbook (they have a Children’s Edition also). Twice a year a new workbook is created with artwork from a different artist–if you are a visual learner-this is for you. I love that there is a place to take notes, write promptings and impressions, write favorite quotes, record questions and promises and invitations and how to apply the things you have learned. Additionally there is space to write the name of someone who comes to mind to share each talk with and a place to record personal affirmations associated with the talk.  I love it! 


In the past, I have used.. 

Using a General Conference Notebook fits Intrapersonal Learners, Kinesthetic Learners, Linguistic Learners, Logical-Mathematical Learners,  and Spacial-Visual Learners.

Choose one talk to study several times over the course of one week. As  you read, study, and listen to the same address several times, the talk will become very familiar to you. Taking time to read the footnotes will help you gain additional insights. As you read the same talk over and over again, new things will stand out and you can gain inspiration. You could find friends or family members to read and discuss the same talk each week.

“Repetition is a vehicle through which the Holy Ghost can enlighten our minds, influence our hearts, and enlarge our understanding.” “Consider how often we hear exactly the same words in the ordinance of baptism, … in conferring the gift of the Holy Ghost and confirming a new member of the Church, in the sacramental prayers, and in temple ordinances.” (“Repeat Over Again … the Same Things as Before.”, BYU Idaho Devotional given on January 26, 2016).

David A. Bednar

Throughout the week, you could read the talk, watch the video, or listen to the talk –whatever works for your schedule that day.


There are several schedules others have created and shared online to read  a talk per week. Work and Wonder has a reading schedule they share online.


If you sign up for their email, each week you will receive an email with the weekly reading assignment, insights from the talk, two quotes and an affirmation for the week. On their Instagram account, they share additional insights on the talks and others are able to share the things they are learning in the comments.


If you want to join a discussion with two women, Emily Belle Freeman and Rio Grange, about a General Conference talk per week (following the schedule from Work and Wonder plus discussing ways to increase faith), you can find out more at Inklings Institute on Instagram. This is something I look forward to each and every week. It really enhances my study of General Conference talks.


Reading and studying one talk per week helps Intrapersonal Learners, Interpersonal Learners, Kinesthetic Learners, Linguistic Learners, Logical-Mathematical Learners, Musical Learners, Naturalist Learners and Spacial-Visual Learners.

Reading a different talk each day is also a great way to study General Conference talks. Typically I have started with the Saturday morning session and read all the way to the Sunday afternoon session–reading one talk a day–and then started over again circling through all 35+ talks from each conference. This is where it is fun to write the dates you read each talk. It is amazing how many times a message in a talk fits your exact needs for the day. Reading a talk a day, you can usually read each talk about four times in the six months between conferences.


Reading and studying one talk per day helps Intrapersonal Learners, Interpersonal Learners, Kinesthetic Learners, Linguistic Learners, Logical-Mathematical Learners, Musical Learners, Naturalist Learners and Spacial-Visual Learners.

Just this week, I was introduced to another General Conference Study Plan. Sister Carol Lu Wong is the wife of Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, a General Authority Seventy. She spoke this week at BYU Idaho about how she studies the General Conference talks. Her study plan is to read all the General Conference talks the month of conference and then read and study one session per month. 


What a wonderful way to study!! I loved her suggestion to share what we are learning with others to solidify the things we are learning. I also loved that she reads sometimes and listens sometimes in English and in her native Chinese to really understand and grasp the teachings in each talk. So good!


Reading and studying one session per month helps all learners.

General Conference Study Plan

April/October-Read or listen to all General Conference talks once again

May/November– Read and Study all the talks from the Saturday Morning session of General Conference

June/December– Read and Study all the talks from the Saturday Afternoon session of General Conference

July/January– Read and Study all the talks from the Saturday Evening session of General Conference

August/February– Read and Study all the talks from the Sunday Morning session of General Conference

September/March– Read and Study all the talks from the Sunday Afternoon session of General Conference

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