General Conference!

Wasn’t General Conference awesome?! Nothing like eight hours of listening to a living prophet and his apostles to get you fired up to do some good in the world. Our kids were pretty well behaved during the four two-hour sessions, which we watched at home on TV. The local education session broadcast the conference from BYUTV, so that was nice. Megan spent the first six hours coloring and Gavin napped. During the last session, we tried something fun, an idea that we got from The Friend. We set out little bowls of snacks (popcorn, animal crackers, goldfish, apple cubes, and various candy) and every time a speaker said a certain word (Jesus Christ or one of His names, families, temples, scriptures, prophets, faith, etc.) you got a certain snack. Well, Megan was on top of it. She knew so many names for Jesus Christ (Savior, Son, Example, Lord) that the popcorn was gone in 15 minutes. Then she started adding words to the list and making stuff up. “If they say prayer, I get a gummy bear. If they say spirit, I get a candy corn. If I know who the apostle is, I get a licorice.” Anyway, Megan enjoyed the game, even if she was too smart for us and the snacks only lasted 45 minutes. And we started teaching our kids the “new prophet song.” We sing the names of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.” The new song is: “Hinckley, Monson, Eyring, Packer, Perry, Nelson, Oaks, and Ballard, Wirthlin, Scott, Hales, and Holland, Uchtdorf, Bednar, Cook.” I don’t think I could name all the apostles when I was a teenage seminary student. And I just look at my kids and think how much smarter they are going to be than me. It’s a pretty incredible feeling. I don’t know what we’re going to do with Megan, but she’s going to need lots of quality educational opportunities. It’s going to be quite a ride, and it already has been.

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