Over 100,000 visitors, many from outside the United States, are descending upon Salt Lake City for the 179th Semiannual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to take place on October 3rd and 4th, 2009. General sessions will be held at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. on Saturday October 3rd, with the priesthood session at 6:00 P.M. The Sunday general sessions will be held at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. All sessions originate in the LDS Conference Center, where tickets are required for admission. Several overflow locations, where admission tickets are not required, will be set up as usual; the complete list of overflow locations is available HERE. Map available HERE.
Utah residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to attend the sessions. Details on the availability of public transportation are discussed in the KSTU Channel 13 news video embedded below:
And here's a news video from KSL Channel 5:
Additional media story of use in the Deseret News. The Salt Lake Tribune also reports that a group of dissenters, the Foundation for Reconciliation, will hold a memorial service for gay and transgender Mormons who have committed suicide. Their purposes are to foster greater understanding between the church and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population and to highlight the plight of some Mormons who have felt despair over LDS teachings that being in a gay relationship is sinful. The service is Sunday at 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City.
For those not attending in person or who merely want more information:
-- Visit the KSL conference page for information on watching their presentation online or to find out about radio stations broadcasting the sessions in Utah.
-- Visit the LDS website broadcast page for information on about video and audio streams and worldwide viewing options.
-- Realtime conference Twitter will be available HERE.
-- TempleStudy.com intends to attempt a joint streaming video feed and Twitter stream; more information HERE.
-- Update October 8th: Video and audio archives and written transcripts now available via the LDS 2009 Conference Page.
If you have kids and want to get them interested in conference, there are two separate resources available:
-- LDSResources has a 20-page Primary Activity Packet available.
-- LDS Media Talk discloses the availability of Friend Magazine's 10-page General Conference Notebook.
Additional ideas for engaging kids are presented on the Mormon World blog.