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76 Comments

  1. Brooke

    Hello,

    I love your lesson plans and ideas! You have helped me so much over the last two years that I’ve been teaching RS.

    I think there may be an issue with the link for Sister Runia’s talk. Will you please check?

    Many thanks!
    -Brooke

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      It works for me…I don’t know!

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      • Brooke

        It’s working now. Many thanks!

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  2. Tara Orr

    Thank you for doing the work of studying the talks and providing thoughtful and insightful questions. I also appreciate all your tips and reminders about how to be an effective discussion leader and how to encourage comments. You are making a difference in my life and in anyone who chooses to read, apply and learn from your blog/website.

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  3. Jaelle (jl)

    hello neighbors! I’m in NE MO and I’m in the nauvoo stake!
    literally was just quickly looking up the exact wording of a joseph Smith talk- and had to join in the neighborhood chit chat
    once I’m finished writing what I’m working on I am going to binge read your blog woohoo!
    with love to my neighbors,
    – jl

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  4. Marvin

    Hello from Orange County! Thank you for your wonderful and inspired lessons! I love reading your insights on conference talks! Thank you for being a light!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Your comment made my day. I’m grateful you took time to leave it. Many, many blessings to you.

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  5. jk

    General Conference is not on 10/07/2023

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Thank you, I’ll take a look at that.

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  6. Adrienne Grubaugh

    I use your site every month for my RS lessons! I love your insight. Thanks for all your hard work!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      You must be a kindred spirit! LOL. I’m very grateful you find it useful and I am thrilled to lend something that helps. Your calling is paramount to us all.

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  7. Jon

    Hi Shawnie,
    Thanks for all the great insights and lesson prep advise on your website. I am new as an instructor and your resources have been a great help.

    Tonight, I was prepping for a lesson using your outline on Elder Uchtdorf talk for the strength of parents from last conference. I clicked out and then back in and it seems to have crashed. I tried to access it on several different devices and it has the same problem. Just wondering if you could check and see if there is any way to access your outline for this talk?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      This is really helpful! Thank you for letting me know. I just tested everything, and four hours later it is all working. I apologize for the frustration! Would you check it again and see if it is still an issue?

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  8. Florence May Espina

    I’m glad I found you! I was just searching how I can best understand what I as assigned to teach. This indeed is one of the amazing advantages of having modern technologies. You have indeed used it to further and hasten God’s work. Thank you again!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Florence,
      Your sweet note made my day. I hope your lesson goes well and that your dear sisters love and appreciate your efforts to prepare. Thank you!

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  9. Heather

    Being called as a Relief Society teacher was such a challenge for me because I feel so lost without a manual or structured lesson template. The lesson helps on your website are an answer to my prayers! Thank you so much for your time and effort in preparing them.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Heather – I’m thrilled you find them useful. I have such a love of gospel teachings, so this website is my joy. Blessings to you as you teach!

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  10. Kiersten

    I just want to say thank you! I was recently called as a Relief Society teacher and your posts have been so incredibly helpful. I had no idea where to start when planning my lesson (I’ve never taught Relief Society before, or Sunday School for that matter) and now I feel like maybe I can do this. Thank you!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      That is one of my favorite things to hear from people – is that this site is useful and helpful. It’s not easy to be called as a teacher and be the focal point. Bless your heart for giving your time and willingness.

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  11. Wendy Bayles

    Hi there Shawnee
    This is our lesson plan for next year… I would be thrilled if you could do some lessons on any of them!

    Much love
    Wendy Bayles

    October 2022 Conference

    Jan 8th
    Helping the Poor and Distressed Elder Dallin H Oaks
    Jan 22nd
    Follow Jesus Christ with Footsteps of Faith
    Elder M. Russell Ballard
    Feb 12th
    Our Earthly Stewardship Bishop Gerald Causse’
    Feb 26th
    Lifted Up upon the Cross
    Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
    Mar 12th
    Legacy of Encouragement
    Elder Henry B. Eyring
    Mar 26th
    Seeing More of
    Jesus Christ in Our Lives
    Sister Tracy Y. Browning
    Apr 9th
    Be Perfected in Him
    Brother Paul V. Johnson
    Apr 23rd
    Are you Still Willing?
    Brother Kevin W. Pearson
    May 14th
    Happy and Forever
    Elder Gerrit W. Gong
    May 28th
    That They Might Know Thee Brother Jonathan S. Schmitt
    June 11th
    Let Doing Good Be Our Normal Brother Rafael E. Pino
    June 25th
    The Doctrine of Belonging Elder D. Todd Christofferson

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Wendy, I entered in a vote for each of these talks. The next ones I will be writing up are Pearson, Stevenson, Craig, Oaks, Eyring and Johnson in that order.

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  12. Leslie

    Hi Shawnie, could you do a 5 highlights on Sister Kristin Yee’s conference talk ‘Beauty for Ashes: The Healing Power of forgiveness’ I have this lesson assignment coming up in a few weeks…Thank you

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      I will definitely try and get that up by the end of the month or soon after.

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  13. FRAN

    Enjoy your website, but could not locate a print icon to print out your comments. 9 pages was w-a-y too long for any talk. No two-sided option. Please advise.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Which talk?

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  14. Shauna Norton

    Hi Shawnie,
    First of all I want to thank you so much for this site! I became a RS instructor in February. It has been life saving when preparing lessons. Could I ask a huge favor?? I have been asked to teach/instruct Jean Bingham’s talk “Covenants with God Strengthen, Protect, and Prepare Us for Eternal Glory” On July 24th. Any chance you would have the time to do a lesson help on it? I would be forever grateful. Thank you!!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Well…I’m in finals and drowning in that so probably not this time. I do hope you try ‘5 Steps to a Lesson.’ If you have taught before – this will walk you right through it. Please have faith in your ability to prepare a great lesson. You do wonderfully to research and prep like this!

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  15. Susan Obray

    I love this website!❤️ Helps me so much. Will you be doing President Eyring’s talk any time soon?

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      It should be up by Thurs evening or Friday morning.

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  16. Barbie

    I found your website for the last lesson I gave on a Dallin H Oaks talk. It saved me! Thank you so much for thinking outside of the box, which is hard for me to do. My next lesson is on Mother’s Day. It’s on Elder Uchtdorf’s talk from the recent conference: Our Heartfelt All. Will you have these on the site anytime soon? Thanks again for being so insightful and sharing with all of us!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      It’s there. It’s the last one I wrote. You may need to refresh your page to find it? I loved the phrase you used “thinking outside of the box.” For me, that’s a great compliment. Thanking you so much for being here and for your nice note.

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  17. Judy Marie Macfarlane

    Have you reviewed Elder Gong’s talk Trust Again from the October 2021 conference anywhere. I so appreciate your help in preparing for the Relief Society lessons. Thank you

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Yes, search for “trust again gong” in search box.

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  18. David Sanders

    Sister Cannon, I just came upon your blog as I was preparing for a discussion in Elder’s Quorum on Elder Renlund’s most recent conference talk on the peace of Christ abolishing enmity. What a great blog, and what a help it was to help me prepare! Then, imagine my surprise when I clicked on your “About Me” page and discovered that we are neighbors! We live in the Hill Park Ward in the Independence, Missouri Stake. Thank you for letting your light shine!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Aww man! How wonderful. Thank you for connecting. Viva Missouri. I hope your lesson goes wonderfully.

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  19. Paul Masters

    What a wonderful resource. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      You are welcome!

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  20. Rachael

    Hi Shawnie! Would you be willing to do a relief society lesson on One Percent Better by Elder Dunn from October 2021 conference? Please let me know! Thanks so much!!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      That was an awesome, awesome talk. I overloaded myself at school and will not be doing additional talks until the next Conference. Have faith in yourself! Please use “5 Steps to a Lesson” if you haven’t seen that resource already. Blessings to you (and you can do wonders).

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  21. Cori

    I have used your 5 highlights general conference and they have been life savers!! I have the hardest time turning a talk into a lesson sometimes and these guides really help! Thank you SO much for all the work you put into this. Do you have Elder Cooks talk on personal peace during challenging times planned? I’m teaching that on the 23rd this month. 🙂

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      I won’t be writing up that talk but you know – Elder Cook divided his own talk into 5 highlights. Have you looked at it? Find his “First, Second,” etc and think of 1 or 2 questions for each and you are set. Shorten the quotes a bit but you are up to the task on this one – his is one of the most straightforward talks.

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  22. Kerri

    Thank you for your wonderful helps & insights! Do you have anything on Camille Johnson’s Oct Conference Talk “Invite Christ to Author your Story”?

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Love that talk! I am traveling this week and won’t be able to get it up before Sunday. Bless your heart – your class will enjoy your preparations.

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  23. Fiatama Hammond

    Sister Cannon,
    Thank you so much for these beautiful highlights , it was so helpful for my RS lesson.
    I can just feel the spirit as I was reading how you organized these words together for us teachers to teach.

    May the Lord continued your writing to help us teachers out.

    Mahalo!
    Fia

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Fia – you are a sweetheart and I can feel your beautiful spirit all the way in Missouri. Bless you, for preparing a faithful lesson for your sisters.

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  24. Joimae Santiago

    You are such a genius! Thank you for sharing your Knowledge.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Haha…genius is a most generous word. Honestly I spend half my day remembering where ai put things. Thanks so much for using this blog.

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  25. Briana

    I am 26 and have been in student wards for what feels like a very long time. I have been called as a teacher before and, when called in my new family ward, I was maybe a little nervous, but mostly excited. In my previous student wards, class discussion had never been a problem. I was in for a rude awakening come my first lesson. I found myself completely unprepared, having run through the questions I’d thought would take up so much time, in less than 15 minutes.
    This caused extreme anxiety as I read through the talk for my second lesson, trying and failing to understand and figure out good questions and how to encourage true participation, terrified of another occurrence of standing in silence, hoping someone would offer at least a token response to my discussion questions.
    Your page/blog was such an enormous answer to prayer. The suggested quotes and related questions and activities, along with the Lesson outlines themselves were such a blessing to me. Giving my a jump off point and understanding of how to prepare a lesson that doesn’t rely quite so heavily on 98% discussion. I feel on somewhat more steady footing.
    I cannot thank you enough

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Oh Briana sweetheart – your note made me cry. I had the EXACT SAME THING happen to me at your age. Taught RS in a student ward – thought I was really good at it. Got called to teach Gospel Doctrine in a family ward after getting married and fell on my face…totally fell on my face. Same experience. No one volunteered or hardly did. And that experience went into the mix of this website. Love ya. Hope your lesson goes great.

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  26. Rachel

    Thanks for sharing such great insight! Awesome help for my relief society lesson!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Rachel, you are so sweet. Thank you for your kind words.

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  27. Susan

    I’m so glad that I have found your website. There is so much valuable and helpful information here. Thank you for taking the time to do this – you are appreciated.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Thank you Susan! You are a sweetheart.

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  28. Joimae

    Thank you very helpful…keep it up!❤️

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Aww…thanks. I try. So glad you visit.

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  29. BenCassani

    Love your blog, thanks for your work!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Aww…thanks for that great note. I appreciate it a lot.

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  30. Ann Gubler

    Thank you for your efforts with this website. I refer to it during my preparations for every lesson I teach in Relief Society. I especially appreciate your 5 Highlight for the General Confernce talks. Please keep it up!!!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Ann – thank you for your terrific, generous note. I apologize for the late reply – I’ve been out of the country, without wifi sometimes and I miss my prompts. I loved hearing from you – blessings to you as you teach.

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  31. Erin C.

    I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your 5 highlights for conference talks! They’re great!

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Erin – thanks for your kind words! They are so appreciated.

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  32. Shariefa Spandiel

    Dear Shawnie I wish to thank you for your insights it’s always great and I love the 5 insights on general conference its truly a great help. Thank you
    Do you have any insights on ” Jesus Christ the Caregiver of Our Soul” by Elder Ulisses Soares please?
    Shariefa
    South Africa.

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  33. Starr w Bartlett

    Conference highlights are wonderful. Helps you catch up. And see things again.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Awww…I’m so glad you were here. Thank you for your nice note.

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  34. Jackson Shaver

    Sister Cannon, thank you for posting your insights and commentary (Not as the World Giveth – Elder Holland). There were several points to consider and I enjoyed searching for more commentary. Elder Holland was always refreshingly direct and encouraging when he spoke at BYU (I attended when he was the president).

    All the best to your continued success.

    Respectfully,

    Jackson

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Thank you Jackson! I hope you find more insights here as you need them. So glad you stopped by.

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  35. Paul

    I use your lesson outline to help guide my EQ lessons. Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful question. They’ve inspired so many good discussions in our Quorum.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      That warms my heart! It says so much about you as a teacher that you value discussion and help others to have them. God speed you.

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  36. Becky

    Love the 5 things about Conference Talks. Good insights.

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      Thank you, Becky – those are one of my favorite write-ups.

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  37. Kathy

    Thank you so much for these wonderful highlights, they are just marvellous and really bring out the true messages of the talks. They greatly assist me to put a meaningful lesson/discussion group together covering key points.
    So very grateful for your wonderful ideas.
    Cheers from Kathy in Australia

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    • Shawnie Cannon

      You are so welcome! What a lovely note to leave me, it made my day. Cheers to you too.

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  38. Victor

    This is just great, I prepared a lesson for my elders quorum class . It was a great help , May heavenly father bless you

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    • Shawnie

      Victor, I’m so glad you visited and that it is useful! Best blessings to you as you teach. Your efforts to prepare will be felt by those you teach. I’m so thankful for teachers who take the time.

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