Church Hosts the 187th Annual General Conference

Church Hosts the 187th Annual General Conference

Tens of thousands attend religious gathering on Temple Square

News Story

Latter-day Saints from around the world will participate in the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beginning this weekend. The general women’s session, the first of six sessions of general conference, will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time) at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Women, young women and girls ages 8 and older are invited to attend in person or to watch a live broadcast online or in local meetinghouses.

Members of the First Presidency share their testimonies in this general conference video invitation:

Mormons gather twice a year to hear general authorities and other Church leaders share messages of spiritual guidance and inspiration on topics related to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Spring meetings are called annual conferences, and those in fall are referred to as semiannual. Those of other faiths are also invited to participate.

Sessions

Five other sessions of general conference will be broadcast live from the Conference Center at the following times (mountain daylight time):

Saturday Morning Session, April 1, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday Afternoon Session, April 1, 2:00 p.m.

General Priesthood Session, April 1, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Morning Session, April 2, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon Session, April 2, 2:00 p.m.

The general priesthood session is for the men and young men of the Church ages 12 and older.

The first general conference was held in 1830, the year the Church was first organized. As of December 31, 2015, Church membership is more than 15.6 million worldwide.

Global Audience

The Conference Center seats 21,000 people for each session. Millions more around the world will view or listen in many languages in thousands of buildings around the globe via television, radio, satellite and internet broadcasts.

In addition to broadcasts in local Latter-day Saint chapels around the globe via the Church satellite system, the Church streams and broadcasts the conference live in 27 languages on LDS.org, BYUtv, BYUtv International, Mormon Channel and YouTube. General conference talks will also be available over the next couple of weeks on demand on LDS.org, the General Conference YouTube channel and the Gospel Library app in more than 80 languages.

The Church will immediately post conference messages in multiple languages through its official social media channels. The public is encouraged to share those messages using the #LDSconf hashtag.

Conference coverage, including photos, will be published on MormonNewsroom.org and its social channels, including FacebookTwitterInstagram and Google+. The news media and others may also subscribe to receive email updates.

Attending in Person

Tickets are required to attend sessions in the Conference Center, where attendees pass through security. Cameras, recording devices, weapons, food, backpacks, packages and large bags are not allowed. A standby line for those without tickets will begin at the north gate of Temple Square.

Additional seating will be available at locations on Temple Square. Overflow seating for all sessions for Spanish speakers will be available in the Assembly Hall. Tickets are not required for the overflow locations.

Conference attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to relieve local traffic congestion. Visit LDS.org for parking information.

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