10 Ways General Conference Has Changed in 40 Years

by | Mar. 30, 2016

Mormon Life

Are you excited for more general conference this weekend? We're so lucky to have this chance to listen to our prophets and other chosen Church leaders. But here's a few things you might not have known about general conference in the past.

The April 2016 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially began March 26 with the women’s session, the first of general conference. But 40 years ago, there was no such meeting — in fact, the general conferences of decades past are drastically different from today’s in many ways. Here are 10 ways general conference has changed in the last 40 years.

1. Two days instead of three

Though the Church’s first two-day general conference was in 1831 (just one year after the Church’s organization), the tradition of a three-day conference began later and continued through the decades. In 1977, general conference was changed from a three-day event to just two days.

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