The Saturday morning session of General Conference will start in less than 24 hours from the time of this post. This is traditionally the time when Mormons around the world meal-prep for a weekend of family time, pajamas, and note-taking, but recent years have seen members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints using General Conference weekend as a chance to share their beliefs and testimonies via social media.
The church itself has championed use of the hashtag #LDSConf, causing every Latter-day Saint to shriek a little on the inside when they see it trending on Facebook, Twitter, or the front page of YouTube. But aside from the church’s official social media accounts (and from Pinterest nearly catching fire over the next 48 hours), there are a number of other ways to follow-along with conference on social media.
Here are a few of our favorites!
For anyone not familiar with LeadingLDS.org, we can’t recommend it enough. Started by Kurt Francom, the mission of LeadingLDS is to “enchance leadership ability and capacity of lay religious leaders in order to accelerate the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” and they have a lot of fun doing it. During every session of General Conference, Kurt hands the reigns of his Twitter account over to a different member of the LeadingLDS community to live-tweet quotes, thoughts, and interesting things about their conference experiences. Be sure to check it out throughout conference to get a different perspective or find something you might have missed!
2) #howweconference on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
LDS Living is one of the biggest non-official Mormon websites out there. For the October 2017 General Conference, they’ve started a new hashtag, #howweconference, to encourage members of the church to share their stories of General Conference. This initiative is different than the others in that it mainly involves members sharing memories of conference weekends long past. If you’ve had questions answered, interesting spiritual experiences, or have had your life affected by conference in some way, be sure to share your story using #howweconference!
3) @Mormonsketcher on Instagram
Using plenty of color and character, Mormon Sketcher provides a way for you to review the conference talks in comic-form. The man behind the account, Ben Norris, has a remarkable ability to quickly summarize the main points of each talk and teach the principles visually. Perhaps the most entertaining part of his approach is seeing how he tells the stories told in conference in his own hilarious, cartoony way - yet all small enough to fit into a post on Instagram! Above all, however, Brother Norris is a father, and rightfully chooses to spend more time with his family during conference than sketching. This makes it all the more important to follow his account during the months after conference to keep-up on his posts and continue reviewing the lessons of conference.
4) @Maeserart on Instagram
Maeser Anderson (@Maeserart) has one of the most recognizable LDS-themed accounts on Instagram. You’ve probably seen his cartoon representations of prophets, apostles, and even the Savior as he’s shared uplifting quotes and scriptures over the last three years. His feed is clean, concise, and at the same time comprehensive. With over 2,000 posts and nearly 6,000 Instagram followers, @Maeserart operates on a whole different level than most who use social media to share their testimonies, and his activity during General Conference is no exception. If you have children, also be sure to print out his free General Conference Activity Packet!
5) /r/latterdaysaints on Reddit
While the other social media resources in this post are largely content-driven, the subreddit /r/latterdaysaints focuses on building a community around General Conference. For those not familiar with Reddit, it functions very much like a discussion board. During conference, the moderators of the board open a discussion thread for each individualized session, allowing participants to post their thoughts and observations. Others can then read the posts, comment, and share their own thoughts to continue the discussion. Imagine it like a digital conference-watching-party with 100+ interested people, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what conference at /r/latterdaysaints is like!
Hopefully this gives you a great start to following along during this General Conference weekend and keeping up on the talks over the coming months. And, of course, don’t forget to subscribe to the Talks on Talks Podcast and sign-up for our newsletter to stay plugged-in to our own discussions of the talks. We’ll be interviewing plenty of guests about their favorite quotes from conference, so let us know if you’d be interested in being interviewed!
As always, we’re excited to play a small part in helping you get more out of General Conference. Enjoy it and #sharegoodness!