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Question #90413 posted on 09/29/2017 10:32 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently I read someone mention creating a personal conference index. The idea was that you would write down the main idea of each talk so you would be able to look back and find them again in your personal study. I really like this idea and would like to try it but I would like to read some more about how to do this. I believe it was in a comment on some LDS related blog or website but I haven't' been able to find it again. The commenter said they took a class where the teacher demonstrated how to do this. Can you find any information about this idea? How would you do this for yourself?

-lloyd newell fan


Dear you,

I assume you're in Lloyd Newell's Living Prophets class. If you're not, you should be. It's an awesome class, and I thought it was great preparation for conference.

I couldn't find the comment you mentioned, but it seems like you get the idea pretty well already. Knowing the main idea of each talk can go a long way towards remembering what you learned while listening. If the act of writing it down helps you remember, get a nice notebook. Otherwise, lds.org publishes a list of Talk Summaries for every conference.

Elder Hales gave a fantastic talk on how to get the most out of General Conference. In that talk he reminded us that it's important to "note the personalized direction the Spirit is giving." I find it more useful to write the specific things I feel God wants me to do rather than compile a list of quotes and topics from talks that are published online anyway.