Saturday, October 02, 2010

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson Announces Plans For Five New Temples At 180th Semiannual General Conference In Salt Lake City

The highlight of the 180th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taking place in Salt Lake City from Oct. 2-3, is the announcement by Church President Thomas S. Monson of plans for five new temples to be constructed. The chosen locations are Hartford, CT; Indianapolis, IN; Tijuana, Mexico; Urdaneta, Philippines; and Lisbon, Portugal. The LDS Church currently has 134 temples in operation, with another seven under construction; Alaska's lone temple is located in Anchorage. KSL Channel 5 news video embedded below:

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President Monson made the announcement during his address to the congregants, which opened up the Conference. Over 100,000 Mormons are in Salt Lake City for this event; 20,000 attend personally at the Conference Center, while the remainder are scattered amongst several overflow locations in downtown Salt Lake City. Millions more are watching or listening in worldwide. Senior leaders of the Church, most of them designated as General Authorities, provide informational and inspirational wisdom to the congregants. Primary Utah media coverage is provided by KSL Channel 5 and the Deseret News, both owned by the LDS Church. The Deseret News also provides short summaries of each address at their link. Unofficial LDS blogs providing additional information include Mormonism Unveiled and Times And Seasons; live-blogging provided by By Common Consent.

The Conference is also useful to non-Mormons; it provides an opportunity for them to find out more about Mormonism at the source -- without a couple of missionaries attached. The Saturday Morning session has concluded; remaining sessions are scheduled for Saturday afternoon (2 P.M. MDT) and Saturday evening (6 P.M. MDT), as well as on Sunday (9:30 A.M. and 2 P.M. MDT). For those who want to tune in, here are the various options:

-- Watch live video stream at the official LDS website.

-- Cable and Satellite Broadcasting: Current information available via Bonneville Communications. Click HERE, then select either Cable/Broadcast or Dish/DirectTV/Satellite TV, depending upon which applies. Follow subsequent instructions to find out the information for your area. In Alaska, cable TV coverage is exclusively available on GCI Channel 124. DirecTV coverage is available on BYU-TV Channel 374, and Dish Network coverage is available on BYU-TV Channel 9403.

-- Church Broadcasting System: Audio and video options for Conference outlined HERE Seven-page broadcast schedule available HERE.

-- LDS Media Talk also contains an organized list of all the ways one can receive General Conference material.

For those with kids and teens, the LDS Church has created General Conference activity packets to make the proceedings even more relevant to them:
-- Eleven-page activity packet for kids and teens HERE.
-- Activity packs for younger children HERE.
-- Junior Primary Activity Packet from a different source available HERE.
-- lists a host of different games and activities for kids HERE

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the activity packet link for children. The Conference was uplifting and encouraging to me as usual.