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[Editor’s Note: This article will be updated throughout each session of conference, so check back often.]
This weekend, October 1 and 2, 2011, members around the world will gather in the Conference Center, Church meetinghouses, homes, and elsewhere to participate in the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This earlier article lists the dates and times for the 181st Annual General Conference, along with information on broadcasts, tickets, and conference archives.
UPDATE: Sunday, 3:52 p.m.
Experience general conference again at conference.lds.org. Within 24 hours after a conference session concludes, video and audio files of that session will be available in 12 languages in video format and in more than 70 languages in audio format. The Thursday following general conference, text of all talks will be posted in English at conference.lds.org. The November issue of the Liahona and Ensign will feature conference addresses. More information on what and when conference materials become available can be accessed online.
To watch or listen to past conference addresses visit the General Conference section of LDS.org.
UPDATE: Sunday, 11:46 a.m.
During his talk, President Henry B. Eyring reminded individuals of the call—made during April general conference earlier this year—for all members to participate in a day of service during 2011.
The Book of Mormon records that when we were baptized, we promised to become charitable, President Eyring said: “Many of you participated in a day of service. . . . As you serve others for Him, He lets you feel His love. And in time, feelings of charity become part of your very nature. And, you will feel the assurance of Mormon that as you persist in serving others in life, all will be well with you.”
Read a Church News and Events article about the worldwide response to the call to serve during 2011.
Find more information about how to plan a day of service or share experiences from service projects here.
UPDATE: Saturday, 2:29 p.m.
A new section of youth.lds.org was announced during the afternoon session of general conference.
The FamilySearch Youth and Family History website, announced by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in his October 2011 conference address, aims to help youth discover family history and serve their ancestors by seeking out their records.
“Many of you may think family history work is to be performed primarily by older people,” continued Elder Bednar in his address. However, he said, there is no age limit to starting out with family history. “You need not wait until you reach an arbitrary age to fulfill your responsibility to assist in the work of salvation for the human family.”
Also during the session, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa was released from the Presidency of the Seventy. Sustained to the Presidency of the Seventy was Elder Tad R. Callister. For more information about releases from the Quorums of the Seventy, visit newsroom.lds.org.
UPDATE: Saturday, 11:29 a.m.
President Thomas S. Monson announced six new temples this morning during the first session of conference: Provo, Utah; Paris, France; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Durban, South Africa; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Star Valley, Wyoming.
Provo, Utah, USA
Among the new temples to be built is the announcement to rebuild the Provo Tabernacle—which was severely damaged in a fire in 2010—as the second temple in Provo. Located in Utah, USA, the Provo Tabernacle exterior will be restored to house the the 16th temple in Utah. The tabernacle was originally completed in 1898. It will relieve pressure on the existing Provo Utah Temple, one of the busiest in the Church.
President Monson announced that work is continuing to secure a location for the first temple in France will be located in Paris. A specific location is not announced. The first missionaries arrived in France in 1849.
Durban, South Africa, and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
The fourth and fifth temples on the African continent will be located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Durban, South Africa. The Kinshasa temple will bring temple blessings to 23,000 members located in nine stakes and districts who currently have to travel 2,100 miles away to the nearest temple in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Durban, South Africa temple will be the second in the country. Currently, there are 55,000 members in South Africa.
With the addition of the new Barranquilla site announced today, Colombia will have two temples. The Barranquilla temple will serve 45,000 members in 15 stakes and district that cross Colombia and Venezuela.
Star Valley, Wyoming, USA
The first temple in Wyoming will be located in Star Valley and will give members in the western area of the state, who normally travel one and a half hours way to Idaho Falls or Rexburg, Idaho, a more local temple location.
Read more about the temples announced by President Monson on Newsroom.lds.org.
After announcing new temples to be built, President Monson also invited members to contribute to the General Temple Patron Assistance Fund.
“This fund provides a one-time visit to the temple for those who are otherwise not able to go to the temple yet and who long desperately for that opportunity,” he said.
President Monson added that members may contribute to the fund by writing in the information on the tithing slip that is given to bishops and branch presidents each month. Members may also donate to the temple patrons fund online through LDS Philanthropies.
“No church-built facility is more important than a temple,” President Monson said. “Temples are where relationships are sealed together to last through the eternities.”