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The 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take place on April 2 and 3, 2011, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. For two days, Church members around the globe will gather in various locations to hear counsel from Church leaders, including President Thomas S. Monson and each member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, as well as other General Authorities and auxiliary leaders of the Church.
What Will I See?
The Conference Center was completed in spring 2000, and since then has hosted every session of general conference but one. Covering 1.5 million square feet (139,400 square meters), the three-story building can hold 21,000 people in its main auditorium.
Its size, however, is dwarfed by its purpose: “[The Conference Center] is a place to be used in honor to the Almighty and for the accomplishment of His eternal purposes,” President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) said. “We hope and we pray that there will continue to go forth to the world from this pulpit declarations of testimony and doctrine, of faith in the Living God, and of gratitude for the great atoning sacrifice of our Redeemer” (“This Great Millennial Year,” General Conference, Oct. 2000).
The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square provide much of the music during conference. The 360-voice choir is accompanied by a 7,667-pipe and 130-rank Schoenstein pipe organ. General conference—whether experienced from the Conference Center, at meetinghouse, or through the printed Church magazines—is an opportunity for members and others around the world to witness modern prophets and apostles speaking. It is a chance to feel the spirit of faith and testimony that this moment of instruction, this time of strengthening, provides.
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