First Presidency announces changes to April Conference; limited tickets available
As sure as the hyacinths and daffodils appear in spring, so does the excitement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ April General Conference bring excitement to the Utah air.
On Friday, just 50 days away, the First Presidency of the church announced some changes for the upcoming 192nd Annual conference.
In a letter to members of the church, it was announced that for the first time since October 2019 saints will be able to return to the LDS Conference Center. The letter said a limited number of tickets will be provided for in-person viewing of conference sessions in the Conference Center in Sal Lake City.
“In-person attendance at the general conference sessions will be limited due to the extensive construction taking place on and around Temple Square; however, a limited number of tickets will be distributed to stakes and districts in the United States and Canada. Decisions about gathering to watch general conference in meetinghouses will be left to the discretion of local leaders,” according to the letter.
The church did not indicate if masks or vaccinations would be required.
Typically, local bishops and stake presidents will have tickets and announce if they are available. Sometimes they will be offered to individuals who may have a special desire to hear in-person, without a formal announcement over the pulpit.
The First Presidency also invited all women and young women (including those who turn 12 in 2022) to participate in a “Women’s Session of General Conference,” which will be held the evening of Saturday, April 2. General sessions for all individuals, families and friends will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3.
If tradition holds, this April conference could see a change in the General Presidency of the Relief Society of the church. The typical length of service for these women is five years. Jean B. Bingham is the current president with Sisters Sharon Eubank and Reyna I. Aburto as her counselors. These three women were called to their positions in April 2017.
They have represented the church throughout the world and have been a beacon of hope to many people in refugee camps, hospitals and other dire situations. They have spoken and prayed for the world from Washington, D.C., to Rome. These three women have also served during the worst global pandemic in a century.
Special meetings of the church have changed over the past few years. In October, a special third Saturday session was held for all members. In times past, the October third session was assigned to be for the Women’s Session and April’s third session was held for the men of the church.
In announcing the conference, the First Presidency, including President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors Presidents Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring, said they were “pleased to announce the upcoming 192nd Annual General Conference. The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church will share messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“General conference provides an opportunity to receive personal revelation as living prophets and other general Church leaders give counsel and direction. We encourage members to listen to, study, and apply the counsel given. The general conference messages will be published on the Gospel Library app, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, and in Church magazines for further viewing and study,” the letter added.
The conference will be broadcast on the Church satellite system, ChurchofJesusChrist.org and other media.