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Church discontinues Saturday evening sessions of general conference

The Conference Center where general conference is often broadcast, shows an empty plaza and gloomy sky. (Carter Williams, KSL.com)



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SALT LAKE CITY — The Saturday evening general conference sessions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be discontinued, the church announced Monday.

Church leaders also announced that the October general conference will remain closed to in-person attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Saturday evening sessions will be discontinued because all sessions are now available for anyone who wants to watch or listen, the First Presidency announced in a news release. Previously, a women's session was held on the Saturday evening of the annual conference in October, and a priesthood session for men was held during the semiannual conferences in April.

The Saturday evening sessions will be discontinued starting with this fall's conference, scheduled for Oct. 2-3, and will be discontinued for conferences moving forward, the church said.

The October conference will still take place at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, but the Conference Center will be closed to the public and sessions will be broadcast virtually.

"General conference is an opportunity for church members and friends worldwide to receive messages about the Savior Jesus Christ from living prophets and apostles through ever-expanding technologies," the church said on its website.

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