Big Changes Coming to General Conference

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General Assembly area within the Mormon Conference Center on Temple Square
The Conference Center was constructed for the main purpose of holding General Conference

The First Presidency has sent a message to local leaders of the LDS Church to be read in congregations worldwide. The letter announces changes to future general conferences.

The letter states that “beginning in April 2018, the general women’s session will no longer be held on the Saturday preceding the other sessions of general conference. Rather, the general priesthood and general women’s sessions will each be held annually, with the general priesthood session being in April and the general women’s session being in October.” It continues, “These meetings will originate from the Conference Center on Saturday evening following the morning and afternoon sessions of the conference.”

According to the letter, consolidating general conference sessions into one weekend furthers Church efforts “of reducing and simplifying the work of the Church and the demands made upon leaders and members.”

This announcement follows other big changes for prospective missionaries, a decrease in the number of missions, Relief Society and Priesthood Sunday lessons, and visiting teaching.

Gale Boyd is the managing editor for ThirdHour.org. She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.