Church reinstates Saturday evening sessions of general conference

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SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday evening sessions of general conference will continue after all, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday.

Last month on June 7, the First Presidency announced that Saturday evening sessions of general conference would be discontinued because technology made it possible for all sessions to be made available to everyone. However, the church leaders sent out a letter Tuesday reversing that cancellation.

Previously, the Saturday evening sessions of general conference alternated between a session for women as part of the conference in October and a session for priesthood holders as part of the conference in April. Citing continuing revelation given "line upon line, precept upon precept," the church has now announced that, rather than canceling the sessions, Saturday evening sessions will become general sessions open to all, without a specific audience or theme.

"We recognize the increasing challenges facing members of the church worldwide in our day. An important way to fortify against these challenges comes through hearing the word of God," Church leaders said in the letter. "Therefore, after additional study and prayer, we have felt impressed to continue to hold the Saturday evening session of general conference, albeit in a different format than in the past."

The Saturday evening sessions will resume starting with the October semiannual general conference and will be broadcast virtually.

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Jenny Rollins is a freelance journalist based in Utah and a former reporter. She has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.


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