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September 20, 2013

LDS to host 184th semi-annual general conference

OKLAHOMA CITY — Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invite the public to participate in a general conference, a semi-annual worldwide conference, on Oct. 5 and 6.

The 184th 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 spiritual topics.

General sessions, open to everyone, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. 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 local meetinghouses, visit lds.org/locations.

Conference also can be viewed on 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 at mormonchannel.org, video and audio in English at byutv.org, video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese at byutvint.org and video in English at facebook.com/LDS.

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

After the conference, audio, videos and texts 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 and 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.

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