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April 2020 General Conference ‘Will Be Different From Any Previous Conference’

All members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are invited to participate in the 190th Annual General Conference. The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other Church leaders will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance. This conference is eagerly anticipated by Church members because of an announcement made by modern-day prophet President Russell M. Nelson last October.


“The year 2020 will be designated as a bicentennial year. General Conference next April will be different from any previous conference. In the next six months, I hope that every member and every family will prepare for a unique conference,” he said.

President Nelson reminded listeners that spring 2020 marks 200 years since the First Vision—an event where members believe Joseph Smith experienced a heavenly visitation.  

“God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph, a 14-year-old youth. That event marked the onset of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness,” he said.

In preparation for the conference, President Nelson invited members to read the firsthand account of the First Vision that appears in the Pearl of Great Price.

He also encouraged members to ponder questions such as ‘How would my life be different if my knowledge gained from the Book of Mormon were suddenly taken away?’ or ‘How have the events that followed the First Vision made a difference for me and my loved ones?’

President Nelson stated that as people come prepared, the conference will be, “not only memorable; it will be unforgettable.”

Silke Stamminger from Büdingen, Germany, has prepared by rereading the First Vision account and becoming more familiar with the life of Joseph Smith. She is looking forward to General Conference weekend.

“I always love to hear what the prophets have to tell us. It gives me a feeling of security to know that we have living prophets with whom the Lord speaks.”

Alvin Norin from Stockholm, Sweden agrees.

“There is nothing else in this world like it. It’s obvious to me that the conference is for everyone, not just members of the Church,” he said.  “The talks often contain interesting stories that make me wonder ‘What’s the message here?’ And then it turns out the stories convey deep meanings that we can learn from.”

All are invited to participate in the conference. Sessions will be streamed live on the home page of on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, at 18:00 and 22:00 Central European Standard Time. An additional Sunday session for adult members ages 11 and up will start streaming at 2:00.  

General Conference will be translated into 74 languages live. Portions of General Conference will be translated into 93 total languages.    

General Conference talks in text, audio and video formats are provided in multiple channels for studying after the conference, including the Gospel Library app, YouTube, the General Conference section of and Church magazines.

To participate in General Conference conversations on Twitter, use #GeneralConference or speakers’ recommended hashtags, or simply retweet quotes, videos and images posted at @ChurchNewsroom.

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