Hundreds of thousands of members and guests of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to attend the faith's semi-annual General Conference taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, this week-end (6-7 October, 2012). Australians will view the sessions in the coming weeks at their local chapels.
Church President Thomas S. Monson and other Church leaders will speak during the five conference sessions. In addition to those who will attend the conference in person, proceedings will also be viewed and listened to via various media by people in 175 countries and territories, and translated into 94 languages.
Music will be provided by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and other choral groups. Sermons and music will focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ, with the aim to strengthen individuals and families. Mormons look forward to the messages of inspiration and instruction and review them during the months that follow.
"General Conference is just days away!" says, Emily Kwok, a young adult Latter-day Saint living in Sydney. "It always brightens our way."
For Church members worldwide, Conference is a time to listen and witness the teachings of living prophets and apostles.
For Mike Malouf, of Brisbane, "General Conference is an oasis in a very hot, dry desert. It provides a balancing influence for me and my family for the next six months."
Other facts about general conference:
- An estimated 600,000 people in North America will tune in on television on Sunday morning to view the Sunday morning session of conference.
- Mormons in approximately 7,000 church buildings in 96 countries will watch conference via satellite broadcast.
- Audio, video and text archives are published online in 84 languages after each general conference.
- There were over 50,000 conference-related tweets during the October 2011 general conference, making the event one of the top 10 trends in the United States.
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