Thousands still come to LDS general conference despite TV, internet availability

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  • Mister J SLC, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    @ Rifleman 10:38 a.m. Oct. 5,

    Yet, it was only the court Jester who could break bad news to the monarch. Otherwise, Shoot the Messenger was in full effect.

    re: RanchHand 11:41 a.m. Oct. 5

    The true believers in Zion taking themselves too seriously the 1st weekend in Oct? How exactly is that news?

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    Ranch Hand, you are funny. Before reading this Des News article I was typing on Facebook about the spirituality of the conference. My husband and I were watching it from our recliners in front ot our big screen TV. What a great experience it was not to have to be sqeezed into a small seat somewhere up in the sky watching ant-sized people. We were given very spiritual experiences from both sessions of conference. You home is supposed to be a place as sacred as the temple. During conference we could feel the holiness, the Spirit of the Lord as well as the spirit of conference and the speakers right in our living room.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Oct. 5, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    What a wonderful experience for those friends. I will never forget when Elder McConkie bore his testimony about never being closer to the Savior than he was at that time (paraphrased, of course). You can't tell me the spirit can't transcend time and distance. I was in my kitchen at the time, and yet his words were electrifying. The spirit manages to touch each of us if we are ready for it. But I will admit, being there is wonderful. Have a great time, girls.

    Our family has a "Conference tail gate party" between the Saturday sessions. We fix a meal and go to each family member's home for a quick visit. This became our special time when one young family member couldn't leave home for health reasons. It was fun. Just be sure to fix quick and easily portable foods.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    There is something special about attending in person. What a great trip for the girls from Norway. I'm glad they got to do it.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Oct. 5, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    Last time I checked, going to an NFL game will set you back hundreds of dollars. Not to mention if you plan to eat or drink anything.

    Going to conference...priceless and free!

    I liked the comment by ulvegaard in WA describe the great tradition his family holds.

    Mine is much the same. We fix some of the most amazing breakfasts we eat all year on conference morning.
    My kids have taken on the same traditions and now their kids enjoy conference weekend as a time of family being together, lots of good food and snacks and experiencing the sweet atmosphere of listening to a prophet of God.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Oct. 5, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    I'm amused by the reader comments, which miss the mark. These young ladies, all of who earned their own way, will have their lives blessed by this "once in a lifetime" experience. Please such people/leaders as Cecilie 'CC' Lundgreen for following-up on such a prompting! Gen'l Conf time is the 2 best spiritual feast times of the year. I can't wait to watch and feel the spirit.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    You guys take yourselves way too seriously.

    Lighten up. Laughter is the balm of the soul.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    Zona Zone,

    To clarify, my intention was not criticism but only to justify the point of this article and my appreciation for it.


    Prophetic accounts of visions are of profound experiences, very unlike watching a television program. The spirit of God can be felt in two places. No one has said otherwise. We're talking of a different human experience, not the metaphysics of God.

    Unless you have something uplifting or in praise to add to our discourse, then you ought not comment. It is worse to enter a conversation to provoke, mock, ridicule, criticize, or even disagree, than it is to walk past the conversation and hold your own.

    I kindly repeat: unless you will uplift others you are not welcome nor justified in doing the opposite.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 5, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Re: RanchHand Huntsville, UT

    Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    That's because the spirit can't reach through TV, the Internet or other methods. You can only feel it if you're there. ;}

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    Zona Zone,

    This just in: There is something special about going to conference in person that enlivens the spirit and edifies the mind, something not found by going to a football game.

    While the idea of 'going in person' can apply to nearly any event, the benefit of going to conference in person is a unique thing and worthy of recognition. Some people spend their lives working, saving, and eventually going on a pilgrimage to a Holy event to listen to a prophet of God and feel a special closeness to the spirit of God that they have never felt before. Watching people throw a ball around sure is a hoot for a lot of people, but not a sacred part of our lives (at least I hope not, lol).

    Anyway, placing emphasis on praiseworthy and virtuous news is something lacking in the media today as people drift from even knowing what is praiseworthy. That alone I think shows the importance of this article. Each example in the article was a true experience of lifting the human spirit and to me- feeling a greater participation and membership in the Kingdom of God. Words can hardly describe such great blessings.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Oct. 5, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    I have been to Conference several times; both in the Tabernacle prior to the Conference Center being built and then in the Conference Center - I live near Spokane Washington. It's a long way to go, but always a great experience.

    Usually we gather around the screen in the living room and watch all of the session - except for Priesthood and I make the nearly one hour round trip to view it there with my fellows. Conference for us is a special time and we have built family traditions around conference which we have put into practice for over twenty years. Even here on our little farm, there is excitement about conference. That said, everyone needs to be able to go to conference at least once in their lives and sit in the same room with the living prophets.

  • MaxxFordham OREM, UT
    Oct. 5, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    Since this is about general conference (which I'm very excited for), then why isn't the tour picture there a tour of the bulding (and even more, the room) that the conference is held in?

  • EricC Sacramento, CA
    Oct. 5, 2012 12:55 a.m.

    If I could get to Salt Lake City this weekend I would be there in a heartbeat. I really miss Salt Lake City. I lived close to Temple Square and I have fond memories of even just the feeling in the air in the days leading up to General Conference. It was something so special yet hard to put into words. Even just being in the overflow in the Tabernacle during conference sessions was a great experience. And what could be better than being surrounded by 20,000 other people standing and singing the hymns? Or even the 3500 or 4000 that fit in the Tabernacle. TV just doesn't give one that experience of being there. If gas prices in California hadn't just sky-rocketed in the last couple of days and I had more time to plan I would love to go to General Conference. It would be a long drive, but so worth it. Not to mention seeing wonderful friends.

  • Zona Zone Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 4, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    This just in: Thousands go to NFL games despite widespread availability on TV and Internet.