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Latter-Day Saint Church's spring conference to be held virtually

File Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Conference Center in Salt Lake City
Posted at 9:50 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 11:50:30-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will once again hold its General Conference sessions in a virtual setting this spring.

"The April proceedings will mirror the October 2020 general conference: The broadcast will originate from the Conference Center Theater on Temple Square, only the speakers and their spouses for a given session will be present in the meeting, and the music will be prerecorded from previous general conferences," a news release from the Latter-day Saint Church says.

General Conference sessions normally bring thousands of visitors to Salt Lake City as many LDS faithful like to attend the sessions in-person. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the church to cancel in-person attendance at the semiannual conferences since last spring.

“As a worldwide organization, we have an obligation to be good citizens and to act with caution as it relates to such a unique setting as general conference, which traditionally brings thousands of visitors to Salt Lake City from around the globe,” the news release states, citing the Latter-day Saint Church's First Presidency.

General Conference sessions will be available for viewing online and through various broadcasts.