The Church’s wide-ranging interpretation effort — which celebrates 50 years of general conference interpretation this fall — is made possible in large part by cutting-edge technologies. Below is a brief look at the technologies that have allowed Latter-day Saints across the world to hear conference addresses in their own language during the past 50 years.
Early days: Shortwave radio, transoceanic cables, satellites
General conference addresses were first interpreted into foreign languages (German, Dutch, Samoan and Spanish) in 1961. Interpreters were housed in booths in the Tabernacle basement, while those who received the interpretation sat inside the Tabernacle listening through headphones.