General Conference, Special KSL-TV Program Scheduled For Weekend
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its semi-annual General Conference over the weekend, with what Church leaders have called the largest global audience ever.
The April 2020 conference was held without a public audience because of the potential spread of coronavirus. The October conference will go forward the same way.
“The pandemic cannot stop the Lord from embracing us,” said church President Russell M. Nelson.
Speakers will present messages during the five sessions from a smaller auditorium on Temple Square.
Working with broadcast stations throughout the world since before last April, more Latter-day Saints in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo in Africa and in Jamaica, in the Philippines and in New Zealand and seven other countries in the South Pacific, will now see General Conference meetings.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will perform, but with pre-recorded music.
In April, two young people spoke Saturday evening to help commemorate the anniversary of the First Vision. Officials said there will not be invited youth speakers this time.
Both women Church leaders and the First Presidency will speak during the women’s session, which this year is for women, young women and girls, 11 years and older.
Over the weekend, you can also join KSL TV for special programming before, between and after sessions.
‘Onward Ever Onward,’ Saturday at noon
The special programming begins Saturday at noon with “Onward Ever Onward,” about how missionary work has changed during the pandemic.
“Baptisms have continued to happen, miracles continue to happen,” said President Gordon Treadway of the Orem Utah Mission.
“I know that the lord would never put his children through something that would just make them suffer,” said Sister Olive Nystrom, a missionary for the Church.
‘United in Prayer,’ Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
In “United in Prayer,” then-missionary Jaden Taylor encouraged people on Facebook to follow President Nelson’s request for a global day of fasting and prayer.
Within a week, more than 500,000 people from 32 religions and 99 countries joined the group.
“I never saw anything like that on social media, people come to pray and fast together, no matter their religious affiliation, no matter their religious background,” said Alexander Solis La Torre, who became involved as a group administrator.
‘We Remember: Journeys of Faith,’ Sunday at Noon
“We Remember: Journeys of Faith” looks back at KSL TV’s 50 previous conference specials through the memories of photographers and producers who have traveled the world.
Crews talk about the faith exhibited by members in the South Pacific, Russia, Rome, Jerusalem and many other places, as they gathered to hear Church leaders speak.
“On the Sabbath, they would drive around and pick each other up and sometimes they would meet on a park strip on the side of the road, but they were the early members of the church in Isreal,” said Keri Wilcox, KSL TV deputy managing editor.
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