The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has just begun the 183rd Annual General Conference. In fact, as I write this, we’re in the middle of the first session. What is General Conference? Why is it even important to Mormons? Is there anything there for you if you aren’t a Mormon?
What is General Conference?
General Conference is a big meeting we take part in twice a year… once in April, and again in October. We listen to talks from the Prophet and his counselors, the Twelve Apostles, Seventies, and leaders of the Relief Society (the women’s organization of the church), the leaders of the Primary (the children’s organization of the church), and the leaders of the Young Women organization (the church’s organization for teenage girls ages 12-18).
In addition to talks, there are prayers, songs, choirs, stories, announcements, and an occasional joke or two. And amazing performances by the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
There are five sessions of General Conference. Saturday Morning Session, Saturday Afternoon Session, Saturday Night Priesthood Session, Sunday Morning Session, and Sunday Afternoon Session. There are plenty of opportunities to check it out.
If I’m not a Mormon, should I watch?
Sure! The speakers quote from the scriptures, and give encouragement and counsel that would certainly help anyone in their lives. If you’ve ever been curious about what Mormons do and teach, there is no better way to find out on your own than to watch General Conference.
I’m interested. How can I check it out?
BYUTV – Check your Satellite or Cable TV channels to see if you are a subscriber. Or you can check out BYUTV.com for online live streaming.
LDS.org – You can find links to stream General Conference live through the church’s website. http://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch?lang=eng
It is also being broadcast to your local congregation’s chapel by satellite. If you’re interested in watching General Conference at one of our local church buildings, you can find the one nearest you by visiting the LDS Meetinghouse Locator.
Your Friendly Mormon Neighbor,
Joshua B. Pettus