News Release

Welcome to the 186th Semiannual General Conference

General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City and reaching a global audience estimated to be in the millions. The October 2016 proceedings are being interpreted live into more than 80 languages and are available in 94 languages total via television, radio, satellite and Internet. Six sessions of the conference are being held September 24, October 1 and October 2, 2016.  General Conference is in addition to weekly worship services each Sunday for members of the Church.


General conferences are conducted each April and October and comprise six two-hour meetings held over three days. The April meetings are called annual conferences and those in October, semiannual.

The spring meetings are called annual conferences, and those held in the fall are referred to as semiannual. 

The first session of each general conference is the general women’s session held on Saturday evening the week preceding the remaining five general sessions held the first weekend in April and October. The general women's session is for women, young women and girls of the Church, 8 years old and older. 

In April and October, two-hour sessions on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon meetings are open to everyone. A Saturday evening session is designed for Latter-day Saint men and young men who hold the priesthood.

Since the vast majority of the Church’s 15 million members are unable to attend general conference in person, the six meetings are broadcast via satellite in as many as 80 languages to over 7,400 Church buildings in more than 100 countries. The meetings are later translated into a total of 94 languages.

In addition, the Church streams the meetings live on the website, LDS General Conference YouTube channel and Mormon Channel. Members can also watch conference on television through Salt Lake City-based station KSL or BYUtv, carried on cable and other digital channels. 

During the conference, Church leaders speak on a variety of spiritual topics. They address Latter-day Saints as well as government, faith and community representatives and other conference guests. Speakers include the worldwide leader of the Church, President Thomas S. Monson, and his counselors in the First Presidency, the governing body of the Church. Talks are also given by the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other leaders.

Talks usually cover gospel principles or address significant issues of the day, with speakers encouraging individuals and families in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ.

After the conference is over, the talks are published on the website and reprinted in the Church’s Ensign and Liahona magazines so members can read and study them. Music for the conference sessions is provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and organists, other Church choirs and the congregation. The music emphasizes gospel themes.

Church leaders have conducted general conferences since 1830, when the Church wasorganized by Joseph Smith. About 30 baptized members attended the first conference, along with others who were interested in the Church. 

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