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.
Did you know? There's a 1 in 3 chance you'll hear "Redeemer of Israel" this weekend if conference hymn trends hold true! Check out what else we learned from looking at the recent history of music in general conference.
Conference is around the corner--and so's the chance to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sing some of our favorite songs. Which hymns might we hear this year? Turns out that some are more popular than others! Check out what we found by combing through the last 15 years of hymns sung in General Conference (and Young Women and Relief Society meetings):
Top 5 Hymns across all sessions:
1 - Redeemer of Israel (13 times)
2 - Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah (12 times)
2 - High on the Mountain Top (12 times)
2 - How Firm a Foundation (12 times)
2 - Rejoice, the Lord is King (12 times)
Top Saturday Session Hymn:
We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet (6 times)
Top Sunday Session Hymn:
Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah (7 times)
Top Priesthood Session Hymn:
High on the Mountain Top
Learn from the wisdom of Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf in these beautiful quotes from her new book, The Light We Share.
We love Sister Uchtdorf, and love learning from her even more. After picking up a copy of her first book release, The Light We Share--a beautifully illustrated story that tells how the gospel has brought light into her life--we simply had to share some of the great insights we learned from her, a la meme for easy sharing:
The 146th angel Moroni statue has been successfully placed on top the Provo City Center Temple, which has been under construction for quite some time now. Scroll through these awesome photos from this milestone event! To learn more about this Mormon icon, check out this 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Angel Moroni Statue by LDS Living.
We love to see this historic temple receive such a beautiful statue of the angel Moroni.