“I LOVE CONFERENCE!!! The gospel never ceases to amaze me,especially at Conference time. I love to watch as people from all over the world come together in obedience, to listen to a Living Prophet and Apostles. It's just AMAZING!!!”

This quote from the blog "Prepared Not Scared" perfectly illustrates the blogging excitement that seems to grow as general conference nears. And the blogs are again chock-full of amazing ideas for getting the most out of conference for you and your family. Plus, as promised, I delve a bit deeper into this exciting new social media experiment the church is spearheading.

Conference compilations: I could point you to the individual blogs that ooze with conference creativity, but instead I think I’ll point you to the compilation blogs that included many, many ideas for making conference memorable. For instance, “Found on the Web: General Conference October 2011” includes links to Sugardoodle.com, the Deseret Book packet, other packets, ideas, printables (like the darling First Presidency dolls and clever conference watch) and much more.

Or look at this link list of “General Conference Activity Ideas” that has more than 60 links. Sixty! Find ideas on how to prepare for general conference, how to stay awake, and how to engage toddlers, kids, teeneagers and even adults in making conference meaningful. So many cute and creative ideas!

And be sure to check out this “General Conference Link-Up” that includes links to conference recipes (conference cake, mmm!) and games (conference jenga is pure genius), coloring pages, instructions how to conference wall, and so, so much more.

With the blogs it's just so easy to find the perfect printables and inspiring ideas to make conference spiritually fulfilling and even fun!

Conference initiative: Now I’m just ultra-excited to see how the church’s new social media initiative “Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” plays out during and after general conference. It’s a worldwide event, as evidenced by the new Mormon Messages YouTube Playlist “Come Listen” that includes a call for video entries in various languages.

So this is what you need: a video camera (or webcam will work) and willing conference participants (hey, you can get some great ideas from above and then just push record as your family plays, draws, listens, takes notes, etc.). Turn on your camera during conference and see what you can record! Or if you listen/read/watch/study conference after the event, no worries, still record your experience. Then edit it down to the very best clips (use your digital software on your computer, or Google how, it’s not too hard) and upload it to YouTube or send it to the church as per their instructions. Sign the church’s handy online agreement and you’re done!

Note that it doesn’t have to polished or staged. In fact, they want as real and raw as possible to convey honest experiences. And not only will you be a part of this grand social media experiment, but you’ll be giving of your video testimony of general conference that may be shared with the online world! Wow!

Now let’s prep for conference with other posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: Speaking of conference, I found this description of “A Miraculous Mormon Youth Conference in Harare Zimbabwe” to be incredibly inspiring. What happens when over 600 youths from all over Zimbabwe and beyond converge for this inaugural “Especially For Youth” conference? Many miracles. “It was as though the Lord kept placing people in our path who wanted to help us, and despite the difficult years that have just passed in Zimbabwe’s economy – the kind heart of Zimbabweans was revealed as everyone tried their best to give what they could. The miracles continued to unfold, and with each step we could feel the hand of the Lord guiding us and clearing away the obstacles that were in our path.” Wow! Click in to read the entire account and watch the bonus video beautifully depicting the conference.

Techie tip: See five of the Dead Sea Scrolls for free online, courtesy of BYU. Find this and many other resources complied into this blog post “The Realm of Uber-Knowledge and its Mostly Free” including links to free college courses, free books and other free (or mostly free) sites of learning. As this blogger concludes “Twenty years ago, most people did not have access to the Internet. Like with the Dead Sea Scrolls, most people had limited access to great volumes of ancient and modern knowledge and information. Now there is little reason why people cannot become great thinkers and readers.” Indeed.

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: ejensen@desnews.com

Email: ejensen@desnews.com