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LDS general conference trivia: Origins, influenza and social chatter

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

Next weekend marks The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 183rd Semiannual General Conference.

What began as a small gathering of Saints in the 1800s has grown to a worldwide event, broadcast to the church's 14 million members.

This conference season, the LDS Church has announced that the priesthood session will be available over live broadcast television and in real time online for the first time.

Here's a list of trivia about the origins and growth of the semiannual event.

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JT4
Salt Lake City, UT

Didn't realize conference had been a longer affair until 1977. I think it is time for another change: Make it quarterly, and make it only on Sunday. The pace of change in the world is such that six months feels like an awfully long time between opportunities to convene and discuss how to address current issues. And, frankly, most everyone is busy enough these days that effectively losing a Saturday twice a year is rather unwelcome. Let's keep the meetings on Sundays. With regard to speakers, I don't see a need for all apostles to speak at each session either, especially if it were to go to a quarterly schedule. They could still end up speaking twice yearly, but with more opportunities for other General Authorities--just don't look at more speaking opportunities as "filler"; please make them topics of real substance.

justmesal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY

To JT4
I agree with part of your comment. I would love to see Conference go back to quarterly, but no way should it be Sunday's only! I have had even the youth tell me that General Conference weekend goes by so quickly. There are only 5 sessions (counting the Priesthood session) and on Sunday afternoon it is always hard to believe that all the sessions are over already. And the reason we love having conference on Saturday and Sunday is because of the "real substance" we hear from Twelve and other general authorities.

MrsH
Altamont, UT

I agree with justmesal. And I like the quarterly idea.
("Losing a Saturday twice a year"? Wow, that is sad that that's the way someone sees it...)

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