Tom Smart, Deseret News
People line up and ask for tickets to the Sunday morning session of the 185th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is using technology to simplify the process for international members to obtain tickets to general conference.

Members or guests living outside the United States and Canada can now consult with their local stake president to receive electronic or print-at-home tickets, according to David Miles, director of events and support services at Temple Square.

"It will help us because we will know the demand for tickets from our international guests earlier than the day or so before conference," Miles said. "It will also help the guests so they don't need to stand in long lines to get tickets. We think it's a real positive for both our guests and us."

The Presiding Bishopric made the change about a month ago to make the process easier for international visitors. In the past, visitors had to go to the ticket office, produce documentation and receive tickets in person. Going forward, each stake president will have an email account where electronic tickets can be sent, printed and distributed well in advance of a trip to general conference, Miles said.

"It was quite a rigorous process to get a ticket," Miles said. "Now we'd like to put that in the hands of the stake president who can easily print them off and give them to members as needed. The most important difference is for international guests to inform their stake president of their travel plans so he can order them (months in advance) and make sure they get the order in so they don't have any problems when they get here."

Nothing else about the general conference ticketing process has changed. All other guidelines are still in effect, Miles said.

Stake presidents have flexibility in sharing the tickets with members or non-members who may be interested in attending.

"It might be good in doing a little missionary work," Miles said. "It will be great for them (stake presidents) to have this resource."

For more information about events at Temple Square, visit lds.org.