Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
General conference is held every spring and fall in Salt Lake City. During the six conference sessions, Latter-day Saints receive instruction from church leaders.
The first conference was held June 1, 1830, a little less than two months after the church was organized. Records indicate 27 church members were present for the conference, along with 30-40 others who were interested in the proceedings.
Today, general conference is held in the 21,000-seat Conference Center. The proceedings are broadcast to the church's 15 million members. The sessions are later translated into more than 90 languages, according to MormonNewsroom.org.