Today marks the beginning of the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In between sessions, check out these facts & figures about how it all goes down--in Salt Lake City, and around the world.
General conference: it's the semiannual super weekend where we all come together to listen to be uplifted and edified by living prophets, apostles, and leaders.
And it all happens in 2 days, 5 sessions, and 10 hours. This is the weekend.
We took a look at how this amazing event breaks down by the numbers:
(Chance of rain this weekend: 60% on Saturday, 40% on Sunday)
Other fun stats:
Many of us aren't able to attend a session of conference in person, so here's a little taste of what life was like on Temple Square. These interesting photos are a look at what's happening outside the Conference Center while the talks are happening inside.
It's almost conference time! Refresh your memory of last conference's talks and statistics, and be better prepared for this weekend!
Every six months, facebook, twitter, instagram and more explode with activity surrounding LDS General Conference. Join the conversation this weekend with these 19 must-follow accounts and trends from around the web.
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When a small group of members and onlookers met together for the very first official conference of the Church nearly 184 years ago, they probably never imagined the enormity of the worldwide event we all look forward to every six months.
And they certainly never could have imagined the global gathering we all experience through the internet and social media during these two days.
Related reading: The Evolution of general conference: 30+ Milestones (Infographic)
With so many people talking about #LDSConf (enough that it globally trends on Twitter every April and October without fail) in such a short amount of time, taking it all in can be daunting.
Devout Mormon Bryan Hall never thought that one day he would be friends with one of the loudest conference protesters on Temple Square. But learning to love his perceived enemy taught him an unforgettable lesson—and gave him a friendship he’ll forever be grateful for. Watch his journey in this new documentary, Us & Them.
As Bryan Hall walked up to a group of general conference
protesters one cold October morning, he never thought that he would one day
become friends with the ringleader, Ruben Israel, a man he had come to hate—a
man he had never even met.
For years, this Utah born-and-bred devout Mormon had seen Israel and those like him yelling at members just outside some of the most uplifting Church events: general conference, the Manti Pageant, and the Hill Cumorah Pageant, just to name a few. He thought their antics cruel, irreverent, and ignorant. He simply could not see any good in these people.