22. September 2012

Latter-day Saints Continue Long Tradition of Gathering for General Conference

Thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) will gather next Saturday and Sunday at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, USA to attend general conference. Millions more around the world will watch on the Internet or by satellite broadcast in more than 6,000 Church buildings.

 Presiding at the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be President Thomas Spencer Monson, the 16th president of the Church.

 General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are gatherings of leaders and members of the Church and anyone else wishing to hear messages of faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel. Scriptural doctrines are taught, hymns are sung and prayers are given, all in effort to urge people to live more Christian lives.

 

Millions of Mormons Gather for General Conference

 Next week, millions of Mormons will gather to watch and listen to the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — a worldwide logistical exercise that dwarfs the first general conference of the Church 177 years ago.

Church leaders have conducted general conferences since 1830, when the Church was organized by Joseph Smith.

Today, close to 2,000 workers are needed to staff general conference. Many of these are volunteers. Translators, ushers and security make up some of the volunteer assignments.

The main meetings are held in the massive Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City. In that building, over 20,000 people will listen in five separate two-hour sessions as Church leaders give talks over a two-day period. Those talks consist mostly of teaching and encouraging members in the principles and doctrines of the Church.

Thousands more will watch in the overflow seating in various building around Temple Square, but millions will watch on television from their homes, in Church buildings via satellite or on the Internet. Over 6,000 satellites in 85 countries worldwide will receive the feed so that members in various parts of the world can watch the two-day event.

The conference talks are also translated simultaneously into 89 languages ranging from Albanian to Yapese. American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning are also available.