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Friday, October 05, 2007

LDS Conference Brings Crowds to Downtown Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake city will be busy this weekend as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather for the faith's 177th Semiannual General Conference.

The Mormon Church is headquartered in Salt Lake City. It holds General Conference meetings in April and October. Thousands of members will attend meetings, held Saturday and Sunday in the Conference Center adjacent to Temple Square.

Salt Lake's TRAX mass transit system will help shuttle people into and out of the city. The area around Temple Square will be crowded, as will nearby restaurants and hotels.

Non-Mormons are welcome to attend most Conference meetings. Admission into the Conference Center is difficult because far more people gather than will fit into the building. Sessions are broadcast over loudspeakers at Temple Square. Many members and visitors listen while touring the grounds.

Sessions are also broadcast on local TV and radio stations and carried via cable and satellite TV to audiences around the world. Video streams from the conference can be seen on the church's website, with audio translated into many languages.

The Church has posted this preview of the conference.

Public interest in this conference is high for several reasons. First, officials are expected to name a new member of the governing First Presidency, to replace James Faust who passed away recently. They will probably also name new member of the Quorum of 12 Apostles, again to replace Faust.

In addition, the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has focuses media attention on the Church.

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