Preparing For General Conference – October 2015

Hubby and I were talking about how to prepare our family for general conference. We mainly focused on ways to keep the kids calm so we can hear what’s going on. Hubby suggested a snack for every apostle. I thought it was a great idea and came up with some fun stuff. The plan is to put different snacks in different bags with the apostles pictures on them. Then, when that person speaks it’s time to pull out that bag and eat or make that snack. For the three new ones, we’ll just have some surprise snacks. I also prepared some stories about the apostles and prophet that I found at on their bio pages.

Thomas S Monson


As a boy President Monson was fascinated by pigeons and began to raise them at home. Eventually he would raise prize-winning birds. When he was president of the teachers quorum in his ward, his adviser asked, “How would you like me to give you a pair of purebred Birmingham Roller pigeons?” The female of the pair was special, the adviser explained; she had only one eye, the other eye having been damaged by a cat. On his adviser’s instructions, he kept them in his own pigeon loft for about 10 days, then let them fly free to see if they would return.

The male came back, but the female flew away—back to the adviser’s home. When Tom went to retrieve her, the adviser talked with him about a boy in the quorum who was not active. Tom replied, “I’ll have him at quorum meeting this week.” He took the pigeon home, but the next time he released the pair, she flew once again to the adviser’s home. When Tom retrieved the pigeon this time, the adviser talked about another boy who had not been coming to quorum meetings. Each time the pigeon was released, she returned to the adviser’s home, and each time Tom went to retrieve her, there would be a conversation about another boy.

“I was a grown man,” President Monson recalls, “before I fully realized that, indeed, Harold, my adviser, had given me a special pigeon, the only bird in his loft he knew would return every time she was released. It was his inspired way of having an ideal personal priesthood interview with the teachers quorum president every two weeks. Because of those interviews and that old one-eyed pigeon, every boy in that teachers quorum became active.”

Snack: A bird made of fruit (let the kids build the nest)


Henry B Eyring


As Hal was enjoying tenure at Stanford and serving as a bishop, Kathleen asked him two questions: “Are you sure you are doing the right thing with your life? Couldn’t you be doing studies for Neal Maxwell?”

Kathleen asked Hal to pray about it, and Hal listened to his wife’s counsel. Less than a week later, Neal A. Maxwell—as Commissioner of the Church Educational System—called and invited Hal to a meeting in Salt Lake City. Hal flew out the next day. The first words out of Commissioner Maxwell’s mouth were “I’d like to ask you to be the president of Ricks College.”

Hal told Commissioner Maxwell he would need to pray about it. The next morning he met with the First Presidency and upon his return to California, Hal continued to pray fervently. The answer came. “I heard a voice so faint that I hadn’t paid attention to it,” he recalled. “The voice said, ‘It’s my school.’ ” He called Commissioner Maxwell and said, “I’m coming.”

It was a considerable change to go from one of the nation’s premier universities located in a large metropolitan area to being the president of a small, private, two-year school in the rural farm town of Rexburg, Idaho. But it was a wonderful time for the Eyrings. It provided an opportunity for the family to grow closer to each other.

Snack: A teacher “apple” (Click the picture for instructions)


Dieter F Uchtdorf


During his teenage years, President Uchtdorf’s love for flying “took flight.” At about age 14 he started riding his bicycle to the Frankfurt Airport, where he would gaze in awe at the planes. Occasionally he would be permitted to climb up to look into the cockpit and dream of the day when he might fly into the freedom of the skies. Little did he know that he would eventually master the handling of a dozen major airplanes. Furthermore, he could not have known then that he would be perhaps the most readily recognized and honored commercial pilot to walk through the gates of the very airport he now visited as a young boy.


Banana  Airplane Plane with whipped cream or cottage cheese cloudsfood-creative-art-11

Russel M Nelson


Russell M Nelson was a heart surgeon. This is what he says about the power to heal.

“Men can do very little of themselves to heal sick or broken bodies,” Elder Nelson said. “With an education they can do a little more; with advanced medical degrees and training, a little more yet can be done. The real power to heal, however, is a gift from God. He has deigned that some of that power may be harnessed via the authority of His priesthood to benefit and bless mankind when all man can do for himself may not be sufficient.”


Heart apples. You could also have heart stickers or cut hearts out of watermelon.

apple hearts

Dallin H Oaks


When Brother Sonnenberg was called as president of the Chicago South Stake in 1970, he chose Dallin Oaks as his first counselor. A year later Dallin Oaks was asked to be the president of BYU. He served there for nine years, and was then appointed to the Utah Supreme Court. He preferred this post to any other office in government. “I can’t think of anything in public life I’d rather do than be an appellate judge,” he said.

Elder Oaks planned to serve in that position for 20 years, retire, and serve a mission. But, in three and a half years, those plans changed when he was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April of 1984. He resigned from the Utah Supreme Court and dedicated himself to his duties as an Apostle.

Snack: Fruit roll up scrollscrolls done_crop

M Russell Ballard


Professionally, Elder Ballard became involved in several enterprises, including automotive, real estate, and investment businesses. He was the top-selling salesman for his father’s car dealership when he left it in the early 1950s to pursue other business interests. In 1956 he returned and took over the Ballard Motor Company from his father.

In the late 1950s, he won the right to be the Edsel car dealer for Salt Lake City. His dealership became the most successful in the country. But in the end the Edsel failed and the motor company, and dealers around the country, lost hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It was a devastating experience,” he said. “The first part of my business career it seemed like everything worked. I was a little intolerant, I think, of those who were having trouble in business. But then I had trouble, and that helped me gain an empathy and understanding for people who struggle similarly.

“To me, failure is only when you quit trying,” he said. “If you keep working at a task and try to do what’s right and honest, ultimately it works out.”

Snack: Apple Cars! My son will LOVE theseAppleCars-BentOnBetterLunches

Robert D Hales


As a high school freshman, Bob Hales was the starting pitcher for the school’s baseball team. One time when he was in a pitching slump, he caused the team to lose three games in a row, each by a score of 1–0. The headline in the school paper read, “Hard-Luck Hales Loses Again.” He took his uniform and went to tell his coach he was going to quit. When he got to the coach’s office, his coach said, “Do you know why you’re losing? Your pitching arm is tired at the end of the game because before the game when you’re supposed to be warming up, you’re out there impressing everybody with your fastball and curveball. You probably pitch [the equivalent of] two or three innings doing that. [Stop] showing off and you won’t wear out your arm.” Robert listened, and the next game he pitched a shutout.

Snack: Baseball fruit cup (just a fruit cup and a sharpie, doesn’t get any easier!)FruitCphoto

Jeffrey R Holland


Elder and Sister Holland have three children. Their son Matt recalls that spiritual training was a part of everyday family life. On an outing when Matt was 12, he had his first experience with personal revelation.

Returning from an exploring trip on backcountry roads, he and his father came to an unexpected fork and could not remember which road to take. It was late in the day, and darkness would soon be enveloping them. Seizing a teaching moment, Jeffrey Holland asked his son to pray for direction. Afterward, he asked his son what he felt, and Matt replied that he felt strongly they should go left. Replying that he had felt the same way, his father turned the truck to the left. Ten minutes later, they came to a dead end and returned to take the other route.

Matt thought for a time and then asked his father why they would get that kind of answer to a prayer. His father replied that with the sun going down, that was undoubtedly the quickest way for the Lord to give them information—in this case, which one was the wrong road. Now, though the other road might not be familiar and could be difficult in places, they could proceed confidently, knowing it was the right one.

Throughout the years the Holland children felt that their father was available when needed, and that association became even more cherished when Elder Holland was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989.

Snack: Give the kids some pretzel sticks and encourage them to build a road with them

David A Bednar


As a leader he has tried to encourage that desire in others. He remembers a time in 1987 when he was the bishop in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “I went into Primary one Sunday,” he says. “They had invited me. I decided to wear red suspenders. I thought that I would somehow use them as an object lesson. So I got in the Primary room, took off my coat, and said, ‘Now, boys and girls, the bishop has these red suspenders. How are the scriptures like my red suspenders?’ And one little boy raised his hand and said, ‘The scriptures hold up our faith in Jesus the same way your suspenders hold up your pants.’ I said, ‘That is exactly right.’”

Snack: give the kids red licorice and bread – cut the bread into the shape of pants and use the licorice to make red suspenders

Quentin L Cook


It was fire drill day at an elementary school in Logan, Utah. Fire drill captain Joe Cook, a stalwart sixth-grade student leader, was determined to post a good time. He was pleased when, at the ringing of the alarm, students rapidly evacuated the building. Then, just as a record-breaking time seemed likely, Joe heard the announcement: “Someone is still in the building. The building is not clear.”

As the clock ticked on, Joe finally saw his first-grade brother, Quentin, walk out of the building.

Fuming, Joe barked, “What on earth were you doing?”

Quentin held up a pair of large, worn boots and said, “Joe, you know that [and he mentioned a friend’s name] sometimes has to wear hand-me-down shoes that are too big for him. When the fire drill rang, he took off running and ran right out of these. He didn’t want to ruin the drill, so he left them and ran outside barefoot. I went back to get his boots for him because I didn’t want his feet to be cold in the snow.”

Snack: Give the kids a piece of bread and ask them if they can bite it into the shape of a boot. OR if you still have a lot of energy butter the bread in the shape of a boot and then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the boot shape

Elder D Todd Christofferson


“[Elder Christofferson was] an exceptionally outstanding missionary whose devotion and capacities were evidence that he would have a life of unusual significance,” said Elder Scott.

Elder Scott also recalled a particular incident when he saw Elder Christofferson have a bicycle accident in which he damaged his suit and slightly injured his hands. But he was undaunted. Elder Scott says, “He brushed himself off, climbed onto the bicycle, and headed off for an appointment with his companion.”

Snack: Dip chocolate and make oreo pretzel bikes (Unfortunately I don’t have detailed instructions on this one. I wish I could give credit but the photo doesn’t link to the right place on pinterest. Still, if my efforts don’t look perfect I know my kids won’t mind. It’s not often I give them oreos!)


Neil L Andersen

Neil was five when his parents, Lyle and Kathryn Andersen, moved their family to a dairy farm in Pocatello, Idaho. On the farm he learned the principle of hard work. “I milked a lot of cows and moved a lot of irrigation pipe,” he said. “I can remember that on Christmas morning before we opened our presents, we had cows to milk. Looking back, I realize how valuable it was to learn that part of life is just hard work.”

Snack: It’s an easy one! Cheese sticks

So that’s all, if you have any other ideas I would love to hear them! Good luck to all the conference listeners with young kids. I know it’s hard, seriously I do, but I also know that we will be blessed by our efforts!

All the stories were taken from here if you want to read more on the modern leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

And I pinned all the snack ideas from other websites on THIS pinterest board.



DIY nursing top, or how to make a low tank modest

Would you believe that this is a nursing shirt?

Here's another one

Well, it is! And I made three just like it. I’m in major nesting mode and I need to prepare for the new baby. So I spent the morning making these nursing tops instead of cleaning or boxing, oh, I’m moving in a week. I really should have been boxing stuff up. Pshhh… whatev.  I got rid of a bunch of clothes and found a way to make these old shirts work. I’ve worn each of them only a handful of times because they all turned out to be too low and layering them with other tanks never seemed to work. So here’s my DIY nursing top, or if your tanks tend to creep down, a way to make them more modest.

I started out with four tops.

DIY nursing tank top tutorial

I chose to use the white one as a base for all the other tops. I cut off the straps and then cut along the seams so I had two panels, I cute those panels in half and used three of them for the three shirts.

DIY Nursing tops

snip off the straps


DIY nursing top

Imagine each of these two panels cut in half


I turned the uncut shirts inside out and laid the panels on top.

DIY nursing top


I added lace to the panels on a couple of them. Then I pinned the panels and sewed them onto the shirts.

DIY nursing top

I sewed four lines on each tank top. Two little ones on the straps and then two long ones along the side seams. For the pink shirt I just found the seams and sewed all along. Be careful to only sew on seams so it doesn’t show through.

DIY Nursing top

DIY nursing top

DIY nursing top

When you are done sewing just turn the top right side out and put it on. You are ready to nurse discreetly! Just pull the inner panel up and push the outside tank or shirt down. Let me show you a picture so you see what I mean.

DIY nursing top

A normal layered top? You would think so!

DIY nursing top

wa-Bam! To actually nurse pull the bottom down as well and it leaves this tiny little opening for baby to eat without anyone realizing what’s going on.

Here's another one

Here’s another one

DIY nursing top

See how it works? It’s so sneaky!

This is my least favorite one but it still worked out OK.  I wish I would have attached the undershirt a bit lower.

This is my least favorite one but it still worked out OK. I wish I would have attached the undershirt a bit lower.

It still works, and it's a loose shirt I can wear easily as soon as baby is born.

It still works, and it’s a loose shirt I can wear easily as soon as baby is born.


It’s a simple project, but I would suggest a stretch needle and a gathering foot to make it go smoothly. Good luck and happy sewing! P.S. I am so not a seamstress so if I explained anything the wrong way please help each other out in the comments. :)

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