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Mormon’s annual event this weekend

Mormon’s annual event this weekend

While many in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are used to watching the annual spring conference via computer or television in past years, the 190th annual worldwide conference this weekend only is being livestreamed into the churches because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Nicki Wilpula, communications director, Youngstown Ohio Stake The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said no one will be permitted to attend the event this year in Salt Lake City.

Wilpula said she remembers once before many years ago that no one could attend the actual event for a different reason, but this year with the coronavirus, the more than 20,000 who usually attend will not be permitted.

“This year we are facing some very unusual events. All the music of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, which has 350 to 400 members was pre-recorded for the main service. Only a few people who are the main speakers and those giving prayers will be at the the conference center in Salt Lake City being broadcast live,” she said.

All five sessions of the conference are being broadcast noon and 4 p.m. today and Sunday and 8 p.m. today. All sessions will be available through the church’s website, www.ChurchofJesus Christ.org and on BYU-TV, YouTube and the Latter-day Saints Channel.

Messages will be given by Russell M. Nelson, president of the church, as well as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other general authorities and officers of the church.

Leaders have suspended services at all local chapels worldwide where many people used to attend for viewing, but Wipula said churches have satellite dishes so that it can be broadcast from church websites.

She said music and the spoken word featuring the choir will be live at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

“People of many different denominations have said they always enjoy the music and tell me how uplifting it is. The choir always does a nice performance,” Wilpula said.

Wilpula said the conference usually is attended by 20,000 people from around the world. She said in 2016 she attended the conference and was amazed at all those who attended not only meetings at the main center but other buildings at Temple Square.

Special recognition this year is the bicentennial celebration of when Joseph Smith, founder of the church, marked his first vision and the latter day restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ church.

Wilpula said twice per year conferences are held, one the first weekend in April and the second the first weekend in October. She said while the April conference is usually the main one, this year the main one has been changed to October.

Also taking place with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to bring over 1,600 missionaries home from such countries at the Philippines.

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