LDS General Conference Gets Underway

LDS General Conference Gets Underway

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- People slowly milled into the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City this morning. Today is the first day of the 174th semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Many police, some in plain clothes, are monitoring the Temple Square area as evangelical street preachers scream at those entering the conference center.

One man standing on a plastic milk carton is screaming - quote - "Mormons, you're not Christians." The preachers must stay within special buffer zones for their picketing. A federal appeals court upheld the buffer zones yesterday.

Inside the center, church leaders will try to reinvigorate the faithful with talks aimed at renewing their religious commitment.

Church leaders, including 93-year-old church President Gordon B. Hinckley, will address the faithful.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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