Conference has grown from humble beginnings in 1830

General conference is a tradition for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that dates from earliest days of the church.

The church's first conference was held on June 9, 1830, with all 27 members of the church gathered at the Peter Whitmer farmhouse in Fayette, N.Y., where the church had been organized two months earlier.

From its humble beginnings, general conference has become a semiannual ritual for Salt Lake City, as crowds flock to Temple Square.

This past weekend, 179 years later, a congregation of 21,000 packed into the Conference Center for each of the two-hour conference sessions, while others attended in overflow locations or lingered on Temple Square.

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