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3 firsts you may have missed at the April 2022 general conference

Mother and son at the Conference Center prior to the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 2, 2022.
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With a wonderful weekend of general conference in our rearview mirror and inspired messages to now ponder and reflect on, let’s take a look back at some of the historic firsts that took place on Saturday and Sunday.

1. Many of the seats in the Conference Center were empty.
As outlined in a Church announcement in March, Conference Center capacity for the April 2022 general conference sessions was limited to 10,000 attendees per session, meaning roughly half the seats were empty for each session.

2. The first Black woman in Church history was called to serve in a general presidency led by women.
Sister Tracy Y. Browning, who has served on the Relief Society general advisory council since 2018, was called as the new second counselor in the Primary General Presidency. Tad Walch of the Deseret News reported and confirmed with Church sources that she is the first Black woman to serve in a general presidency.

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3. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sang all of their performed hymns from memory.
Choir general manager Scott Barrick told Walch that for the first time, the Choir was singing all of the hymns performed at general conference from memory.

You can read a more in-depth list of similarities and differences from the April 2022 general conference on Deseret News here.

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