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20 Groundbreaking LDS Conference Events throughout Conference History

Following is a list of 20 historic events relating to the Church’s general conferences:

1849 — A Perpetual Emigration Fund to assist the poor to immigrate to the Salt Lake Valley was established during general conference; it helped more than 30,000 early Church members journey to the Salt Lake Valley from Europe.

1856 — After being notified of the tragedies occurring to the Willie and Martin handcart companies, Brigham Young and other Church leaders called on Church members during general conference to provide assistance to help rescue those stranded on the plains.

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