Over the years as I've mentioned General Conference here on my blog I've had several people leave comments or send me e-mails asking, "What is General Conference?"
General Conference is a twice yearly conference held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also sometimes called "Mormons") in April and October. Our church has a prophet and twelve apostles, just like the church established by Jesus Christ in Christ's time. In General Conference we listen to our Prophet, apostles, and other church leaders share important messages for our day. We also sing and listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing hymns.
General Conference is held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA), but everyone--church members and interested friends alike!--are invited to watch General Conference on TV (it's only available on some channels and you usually have to have cable TV) or online. Bryan, Olivia, have been enjoying watching General Conference online HERE.
Each General Conference consists of five sessions:
- 2 sessions on Saturday (yesterday, in this case) from 12-2 pm and 4-6 pm (Eastern Time)
- 1 Priesthood session (for the men of the church) on Saturday evening from 8-10 pm (Eastern Time)
- 2 sessions on Sunday (today!) from 12-2 pm and 4-6 pm (Eastern Time)
General Conference is available in several languages, including American Sign Language! To watch and listen to General Conference in a different language, go HERE and then click on the word "English" (just above the video in the top right-hand corner). A drop-down list will appear with all of the available languages. Just click on the one you're looking for!
I extend a personal invitation to each of you to enjoy General Conference with us today. I know that as we watch and listen to General Conference with an open heart and a mind set to doing what the Lord wants us to do, we will have insights and little personal revelations about what we can do to better our lives and the lives of those around us.
We'll receive peace about problems we're experiencing, ideas about ways we can better serve our families, friends, and neighbors. We'll receive direction about what we can do to be closer to our Father in Heaven and become just a little better each day.
Want to learn more about what we believe?
- Visit Mormon.org to learn more about our church and beliefs
- Invite the missionaries to your home to teach you and your family about our beliefs
- Find an LDS church meetinghouse near you (international friends, click HERE)
If anyone has questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please feel free to ask questions in the comments or send me an e-mail. While I'm definitely no professional when it comes to answering questions, I am always more than happy to share what I believe and help you find answers to your questions.
Edited to add: The April 2012 General Conference is now over, but you can watch and listen to all of the talks from the past two days HERE. Enjoy!