The 178th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is just nine days away, and considering the amount of advance planning needed to attend a session at the Conference Center, there's little time to waste.

For those who are able to obtain tickets through their local priesthood leaders, there are a number of considerations to make, from parking to punctuality to weather.

Public transportation in the form of TRAX light rail and UTA buses will be available, but for those who travel by automobile, church officials recommend allowing plenty of time to find parking in the crowded downtown area.

A map of potential parking areas can be found at Listed parking areas include the Church Museum lot, Human Resources lots, Steam Plant lot, EnergySolutions Arena lot, Triad Center lot, North Office Building lot, Church Office Building lot, Joseph Smith Memorial Building lot, Eagle Gate Terrace lot and Regent Street lot.

Those attending are required to be in their seats 30 minutes before the session begins, which for the Sunday morning session means 9 a.m. to accommodate the "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast.

Conference Center doors open 90 minutes prior to the session. The line for stand-by admission will begin at the Temple Square north gate. Those attending should check the weather and dress appropriately in the event that they are required to wait outside.

Wheelchair seating, language translation headsets and an American Sign Language interpreter are also available. For wheelchair seating, please inform Guest Services.

Children must be at least 8 years old to attend the general session and 12 to attend the priesthood session.

More information can be viewed at by clicking on the "Events" link under "News and Events," and then selecting the "178th Annual General Conference" link.