181st General Conference of the Church
- 2-3 April 2011
- Salt Lake City
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.
How Do I Watch?
There are many ways to watch or listen to conference. Each semiannual general conference is broadcast worldwide, and all are invited to participate.
Many local cable and radio stations make the conference available, bringing conference right to subscribers’ homes. Visit www.bonneville.info for broadcast information or check local listings.
The website byu.tv also carries live broadcasts of conference.
Live streaming of conference, as well as archived video, are available at the LDS Broadcasting website.
The Church’s online Mormon Channel will broadcast the Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon sessions live on April 2 and 3.
Depending on where you live and what language you speak, shortly after conference, you can stream conference audio or video or read conference talks in your own language on the Church’s general conference website.
Within four hours after a conference session concludes, audio files of that session are available in more than 70 languages. More information on what and when conference materials become available can be accessed online.
How Can I Attend?
The spirit of general conference can be felt anywhere in the world as Saints gather to hear the words of living prophets in meetinghouses and homes. However, for those in Salt Lake City during general conference, tickets are available free of cost to attend live in the Conference Center.
For those living in the United States and Canada, tickets are obtained directly from Church leaders. Stake presidencies receive tickets and distribute them in a way they determine to be most beneficial in their units.
Visitors from other countries who wish to attend conference do not need to order tickets in advance. They may obtain tickets at the Conference Center Ticket Office, located at door 5 of the Conference Center, beginning on Monday, March 28, 2011, and continuing throughout general conference weekend. International visitors will need to show valid ID, such as a passport and form I-94, to receive tickets.
Tickets ensure the ticket holder of a seat in the Conference Center until 30 minutes before the session begins. During the last 30 minutes before a session begins, seats are made available to those in the standby line. Doors open 90 minutes before each session. Only those 8 years or older are admitted.
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.