Sessions of the 158th Semiannual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are scheduled Oct. 1 and 2.
Thousands of church leaders and members are expected to fill the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the meetings, and hundreds of thousands more will view the conference sessions live on television and over the church's satellite network. The latter reaches more than 2,000 church centers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.General sessions are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and a priesthood session will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday.
President Ezra Taft Benson will preside at the conference and will be assisted by President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor, and President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency.
Conference speakers will include the First Presidency, members of the Council of the Twelve and other general authorities.
In recent years conference sessions have been broadcast over the Westar IV satellite only in English, Spanish and French. However, technological advances have made it possible to increase the number of languages carried on the satellite signal to 12.
With proper TV satellite reception capabilities, church units or members in North America and Hawaii can now receive conference broadcasts in nine other languages: German, Tongan, Samoan, Portuguese, Laotian, Cambodian, Hmong, Vietnamese and Korean.
The priesthood and Sunday sessions will be carried in Laotian, Cambodian, Hmong and Vietnamese. The other languages will be available at all five sessions.
Conference broadcast officials say the audio portion of the conference may be received by church congregations over telephone lines in 14 languages, enabling special language groups to view the television picture and hear the audio in their own language via the telephone hookup.
Languages being transmitted via telephone at all sessions are Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Navajo, Samoan, Spanish and Tongan. Priesthood and Sunday sessions only will be broadcast in Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Polish and Vietnamese.
All conference sessions will broadcast live over KSL-TV. Videotapes of the various sessions, with language translations, will be shipped immediately to congregations where satellite broadcasts are not available.