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September 30, 2019
TALLAHASSEE – Local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will participate in the church’s Semiannual General Conference on Oct. 5-6.
The church’s worldwide leadership will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance in five sessions:
- A general women’s session for women and girls ages eight and older will be Saturday, October 5, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
- Sessions for everyone will be Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, at noon and 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
Locally, the Tallahassee Florida Stake is comprised of seven congregations in Tallahassee, as well as congregations in Crawfordville, Madison, Perry, Quincy, and Thomasville and Cairo, Georgia.
Since the vast majority of the Church’s members are unable to attend general conference in person, the five 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 LDS.org, LDS General Conference YouTube channel and Latter-Day Saints Channel. Members can also watch conference on television through Salt Lake City-based station KSL or BYUtv, carried on cable and other digital channels.
Each 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 every October is for women, young women and girls of the Church, eight years old and older. In April, the Saturday evening session is a priesthood session for the male members of the Church 12 years of age and up.
Latter-day Saints travel from all over the world to attend general conferences, which originate in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Free tickets are distributed for each session, with standby lines available for those without tickets. Overflow facilities on nearby Temple Square accommodate those who cannot fit in the Conference Center.
Speakers include the worldwide leader of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson 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, including those from the Relief Society (women’s organization), young men’s and young women’s leaders, and the Primary (children’s organization).
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 LDS.org 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 Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and organists, other Church choirs and the congregation. The music emphasizes gospel themes.
Church leaders have conducted general conferences since 1830, when the Church was organized by Joseph Smith. About 30 baptized members attended the first conference, along with others who were interested in the Church.