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Portion of LDS General Conference session to become worldwide solemn assembly

Posted at 8:36 AM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 09:06:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Sunday is the second day of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ 190th General Conference.

Church President Russell M. Nelson announced Saturday that he will lead members in what is known as a “Hosanna Shout” during a portion of the Sunday morning session, making it a worldwide solemn assembly.

The LDS church identifies solemn assemblies as special, sacred meetings held for a variety of purposes which require members to bring an elevated sense of spirituality into the meeting. Previous examples include the sustaining of new Church presidents, temple dedications and the introduction of new scripture.

The Hosanna shout is a way for Latter-day Saints to honor and praise God and Jesus Christ. It dates back to before the Church was formally organized in 1830. It became a collective membership experience at the dedication of the Church’s Kirtland Temple in 1836.

The specific purpose of Sunday’s solemn assembly is unknown, but will reportedly be addressed by President Nelson during his remarks.