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April 5, 2013

LDS Church hosts general conference

OKLAHOMA CITY — Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invite the public to participate in general conference, a semi-annual worldwide conference, Saturday and Sunday.

The 183rd annual general conference, originating from church headquarters in Salt Lake City, is comprised of a series of two-hour meetings over two days that feature speeches from church leaders on a variety of spiritual topics.

General sessions, open to everyone, are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Live broadcasts are streamed to more than 7,400 church buildings in 102 countries and are simultaneously interpreted into 94 languages.

For a list of other meetinghouses, visit www.lds.org/locations.

Conference also can be viewed on the television or online.

Live broadcasts are available from the following sources: Video and audio in 16 languages at generalconference.lds.org, video and audio in English only at mormonchannel.org, video and audio in English only at byutv.org, video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese at byutvint.org, and video in English only at facebook.com/LDS.

Many local cable and radio stations make conference readily available. Visit www.bonneville.info for broadcast information or check local listings.

After the conference, audio, video and text of the talks are available on lds.org. The talks are available in 94 languages, as well as American Sign Language and closed captioning.

The speeches also are published in church magazines “Ensign” and “Liahona.”

Church leaders, such as President Thomas S. Monson, his counselors in the First Presidency as well as other leaders, select their own subject matter for talks that vary in length from five to 20 minutes.

Subjects include basic gospel principles or significant issues of the day. Speakers encourage individuals and families in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and organist, as well as other church choirs and the present congregation, provide gospel-themed music for the conference sessions in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

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

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