News Release

Safety and Efficiency Changes to Enhance General Conference Experience

Attendees to experience changes at Conference Center

People planning to attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will notice some changes designed to improve security and enhance the patron experience at the Conference Center.


The fall sessions of general conference are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, 2018, on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Here are the changes:

  • The Conference Center will be closed to the public beginning Monday prior to general conference weekend.
  • Water bottles must be clear. Metal containers are not allowed inside the Conference Center.
  • Attendees can bring small bags and umbrellas with them inside the building. Large bags are not allowed.
  • Any personal items such as large purses, backpacks, shopping bags, suitcases and food items will no longer be stored on Church property.
  • North Temple will be temporarily closed between West Temple and Main Street two hours prior to and immediately after each session, allowing pedestrians to cross the street in crosswalks and other designated locations within the restricted area.
  • North Temple will reopen each day approximately two hours after general conference sessions end.
  • People are encouraged to walk through Temple Square and the Church plaza to get to the Conference Center.
  • Conference goers are encouraged to arrive early to provide adequate time to attend the event.

General Sessions

Members of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other general authorities and general officers of the global Church will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance in five sessions.

This is the second time President Russell M. Nelson will preside over general conference since becoming the 17th president of the global Church in January.

Church membership is now more than 16 million men, women and children in 188 countries, nations and territories.

The general sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain daylight time. The general women’s session for women, young women and girls ages eight and older will be held on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The general priesthood session for the men and young men of the Church is held in the spring.

Those of other faiths are welcome to participate in general conference.

All sessions will be streamed live on the home page of They are also available via the Church satellite system, Mormon Channel, radio, television, satellite and other digital channels.

Attending in Person

Complimentary tickets are required for admission to all sessions in the Conference Center, which seats 21,000 people. For visitors from outside the United States and Canada, tickets will no longer be distributed at the Conference Center Ticket Office. International visitors must request tickets through their local leaders.

A standby line for those without tickets will begin at the north gate of Temple Square.

Additional seating will be available at locations on Temple Square. Tickets are not required for the overflow locations, including the Assembly Hall, where the sessions can be heard in Spanish.

Conference attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to relieve local traffic congestion. Visit for parking information.

Use the #LDSconf hashtag to participate in general conference conversations on social media.

Coverage of general conference, including photos and video for media, will be published on and its social channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The general conference talks will be available in more than 80 languages on demand on, the General Conference YouTube channel and the Gospel Library app.

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