Saturday, September 15, 2012

October 2012 LDS General Conference At Hand, Prefixed By General Relief Society Meeting

Special Note: All posts on the October 2012 Semiannual General Conference can be simultaneously displayed HERE, with the most recent post appearing first.

It's that time of the year again. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the 182nd Semiannual General Conference will convene in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday and Sunday, October 6–7, 2012. The Saturday general sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sunday sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m., which includes Music and the Spoken Word, and 2:00 p.m. The general priesthood meeting will be held in the Conference Center on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. All times listed are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). Messages will be given by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the Church.

This will be prefixed by the General Relief Society Meeting to be held in the Conference Center auditorium on Saturday, September 29th, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. MDT. This will be the first Relief Society broadcast since the reorganization of the Relief Society General Presidency in spring 2012. Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president; Carole M. Stephens, first counselor; and Linda S. Reeves, second counselor, will all speak, along with a member of the First Presidency.

Live video streaming of both broadcasts will be available at in 16 languages: ASL, Cantonese, Cebuano, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tongan. Live video and audio will also be available in English and Spanish at Archives of the broadcast will be available in those same languages at the same site within 24 hours; written transcripts will be posted on the first Thursday after the event. Also see the letter on Broadcast Information for Members in Their Homes.

Other means to watch these events:

-- Closed-Circuit satellite feeds to local chapels: Consult with local ward/branch leaders for more information.

-- Cable and Satellite TV options: Visit the website for information on cable, broadcast, and satellite television options. Note that the Saturday Evening Priesthood Session of General Conference is not normally broadcast by providers.

For those who are interested in attending in person:

-- General Relief Society Meeting: Tickets are required for this event, and will be distributed to invited stakes in the Utah North, Utah South, and Utah Salt Lake City Areas. For those outside of these areas wishing to attend, please have a member of your stake presidency contact the ticket office to obtain tickets by calling 1-866-537-8457.

-- General Conference: Tickets to attend conference can be obtained through local Church leaders for members living in the United States or Canada. Visitors from other countries who wish to attend conference may obtain tickets at the Conference Center Ticket Office.

-- Guidelines for those attending in person: Additional guidelines, such as dress standards and items which cannot be brought into the Conference Center, are available HERE. Parking and transportation information is separately available HERE.

And finally, for those who want to make General Conference more relevant for their kids, a number of resources:

-- Activities for Children: From the official LDS website, six activities which can promote greater interest and involvement by kids.

-- 2 Kids And Tired Activity Ideas: Although published before the April 2012 Conference, this blog contains a master list of dozens of activity ideas. I did not check to see if all the links were still valid, but many of them still are.

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