BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
SALT LAKE CITY — LDS faithful from across the globe will attend sessions of the 183rd General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 in the Conference Center.
Leaders of the church are expected to speak on a variety of topics, offering advice and spiritual lessons.
A woman may offer an invocation or benediction at one of the general sessions, but church leaders have not confirmed that. If that happens, it would be the first time a women prays during a general session.
“Decisions on speakers and prayers at General Conference were made many weeks ago and assignments were given to the men and women involved,” LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter told The Clipper. “Customarily, details of the conference programs are not announced until General Conference.”
General meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. A general priesthood meeting is planned for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Tickets are required to enter the Conference Center, where attendees will need to pass through a security check, according to a church press release.
Cameras, recording devices, weapons, food, backpacks, packages and large bags will not be allowed.
A stand-by line for those without tickets will begin at the north gate of Temple Square.
Overflow seating will be available in the Tabernacle, the North Visitors’ Center on Temple Square, and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for all sessions.
Overflow seating will also be available in the Conference Center Theater for priesthood and Sunday sessions only. Overflow seating for Spanish speakers will be provided in the Assembly Hall for all five sessions. Tickets are not required for admission to overflow facilities.
Parking options in downtown Salt Lake City are limited.
Conference attendees are asked to carpool or use public transportation to relieve downtown traffic congestion.К
Those driving are strongly encouraged to allow extra time, the press release said. Public parking is not available at the Conference Center parking lot.
Church leaders advise those attending conference to avoid parking in front of homes in downtown residential areas.КCars parked on neighborhood streets may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.КDisability parking is located at the northwest corner of West Temple and North Temple.
Those who cannot attend sessions at the Conference Center are encouraged to participate via radio, television, satellite or on the Internet at LDS.org.
Local leaders may adjust their meeting schedules, or rearrange the agenda of regular meetings to permit members to listen or watch the proceedings, according to an announcement on LDS.org. Generally the usual Sunday meetings will not be held on April 7.