When is the 2012 spring Mormon General Conference?

Spring is here, and that means the annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the LDS, or “Mormons“) is coming right up! In fact, it’s this weekend.

When is General Conference?

The main sessions for the spring 2012 general conference are:

  • Saturday Morning Session: March 31st, 2012 at 10:00am MDT
  • Saturday Afternoon Session: March 31st, 2012 at 2:00pm MDT
  • Sunday Morning Session: April 1st, 2012 at 10:00am MDT
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: April 1st, 2012 at 2:00pm MDT

If you don’t know when this is in your time zone, simply use this website to find out.

When is the spring 2012 “Priesthood Session?”

If you are a member of the church and would like to attend the 2012 Priesthood Session, you’ll have to attend in person at your local chapel (the 2012 Priesthood session will not be broadcast over the internet). The 2012 Priesthood Session will be held at 6:00pm MDT, and will be broadcast live to chapels around the country (and re-broadcast around the globe at different times I believe.)

If you are not a member, you may still listen to, watch, or read the proceedings from priesthood session, which will be posted on LDS.org after then have been broadcast!

What happens during a Mormon General Conference?

Here is a quote from an official church website on the subject:

General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders.

And here’s an info graphic from the same site, with some interesting tidbits!

2012 Mormon General Conference

What, When, Why and How of the 2012 Mormon General Conference, Spring Sessions

This time of year, people around the world are hearing about the yearly General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the LDS or the “Mormons.” Frequently, people want to know things like “when does general conference start?” or “what day is general conference” or “how long is general conference?” or “what do they talk about in general conference?” This post attempts to answer those questions simply. If you just need the schedule, feel free to check out my previous post.

WHAT is the Mormon General Conference?

The “General Conference” of the Mormon church dates back to 1830, and has grown today to become a worldwide conference broadcast over satellite, television, radio and internet. Members in almost 200 countries, and guests from every faith, attend. The conference is held in the conference center at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City Utah. The conference is open to all, and is a great way for people to learn about the beliefs of people of the Mormon faith.

WHEN is the spring 2012 Mormon General Conference?

In a previous post on this blog, you can find all of the dates and times for the spring 2012 Mormon General Conference. On the LDS Church’s official website, lds.org, you’ll also find a short and sweet version of the general conference schedule:

The four general sessions will be held on Saturday [March 31] and Sunday [April 1] at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain daylight time. The priesthood session will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time.

The easiest thing to do would be to use Google to find When 10:00 am and 2:00 pm MDT is in your timezone, and plan on visiting LDS.org to watch online!

WHY do the Mormons have General Conference?

General Conference is really just a time for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to come together and learn from important church leaders. It is a time to hear the word of the Lord through his servants. It is also a great time for people outside of our faith to sit and listen in on our meetings, from the comfort of their own homes, and learn what the Mormons are all about.

HOW can I watch the Mormon General Conference, Spring 2012 sessions?

In 2012, nothing could be easier. Technology makes it easy to watch the Mormon General Conference, no matter where you are, or what language you speak! The conference is broadcast via many methods; you may have cable access to it, depending on the channels you get; you may be able to watch it on local TV stations. If not, you can always visit a local church house to watch the broadcast, OR you can watch it right from your own home via the internet. Visit lds.org’s page on the general conference to find out all of your viewing options.

Have more questions about general conference?

Please always feel free to ask your questions on this website! The questions go directly to my email, and are not posted on the website. I respond to your question personally via email, and won’t ever post your comments without permission.

Spring 2012 LDS General Conference dates and times

Well, the time has come again for the annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the “Mormons.”) This conference happens once a year around March or April, with another Semi-annual conference happening in the fall. The year 2012 marks the 182nd annual general conference of the Mormon church.

What is General Conference?

With the “Mormons” in the new more and more lately, many people hear about general conference and wonder what it is. Simply put, the General Conference of the LDS church is a church-wide meeting held twice a year where members and guest can hear inspired messages from the leadership of the church to help them in their lives today. General conference is an exceptional way for people who are curious about the Mormons to find out more about what they believe and how they live.

The general conference of the LDS church is held in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, at a large conference center next to Temple Square. For decades, these conferences have been broadcast via satellite transmission so that members and guest could view it around the world. Now, with the internet, you can watch general conference from your home. You’ll find all the information you need to watch general conference in the Spring of 2012 below:

When is General Conference?

According to the official website of the LDS church, conference will be held March 31st and April 1st, 2012. There are 4 main sessions of conference, listed below:

  • Saturday Morning Session: March 31st, 2012 at 10:00am MDT
  • Saturday Afternoon Session: March 31st, 2012 at 2:00pm MDT
  • Sunday Morning Session: April 1st, 2012 at 10:00am MDT
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: April 1st, 2012 at 2:00pm MDT

If you don’t catch the conference when it is broadcast originally, you can still read or watch it online afterward, any time you want. For more information, see this link on when conference material is available for download.

How do I watch General Conference from home?

The best way is to visit LDS.org a few minutes before conference is about to start. I have linked a few resources below for those who want to watch conference as it happens.

NOTE: LDS general conference is translated in to a variety of languages, so anyone can watch!

Have questions about Mormons or General Conference?

If you have questions about conference, always feel free to ask them here!

When there is a need, we all need to help

There was a recent news release on one of the LDS church websites about humanitarian aid rendered by the Mormons in 2011.

Read the article on Mormon humanitarian aid in 2011

Here is a brief excerpt from the article (emphasis added):

Lynn Samsel, director of Welfare Services Emergency Response, said every year throughout the world, families, communities and nations are afflicted with the hardship and tragedy of disasters—both natural as well as man-made. “While we know that God watches over His children, we are also aware that He asks His children to serve each other.”

When difficulty arises, people are often quick to ask “Why, God? Why?” In difficulty, it is easy to wonder “if there is a God, why does He let these things happen?” It is also easy to think that because God loves us, he will provide for those stricken by difficulty. Why doesn’t God take care of the afflicted and poor on his own?

Why do bad things happen?

First, is important to understand that bad things happen to good and bad people around the globe. We know from the Bible that God “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” No matter who you are, or how good you may be trying to live, bad things can happen. Living a good life does not guarantee temporal ease any more than living a bad life guarantees physical ruin.

Understanding why bad things happen to good people is no easy task, though it may be a quite common question. Rather than attempt to outline an answer, I recommend personal study and more importantly, prayer. I know that God will answer those who “seek and knock,” and I know that personal study and prayer are the two keys to facilitating those answers. Even more important than understanding “why” bad things happen is the need to understand “how” we should react when they do.

We must all help

When Christ was on the earth, he could literally do anything he wished. In once case, he fed a large group of people when almost no food was available, by breaking a few loaves of bread and a few fishes into enough food to feed the crowd with baskets full left over.

Contrast this ability with Christ’s instruction to help the poor. Christ, while on the earth, could have eliminated poverty. Indeed, he has the power to do that today. Yet instead of doing that, he commands us to care for the poor.

Knowing that he could have done this, and that he could certainly do it today, we need to focus on why he would rather leave that task to us. To me, there are at least two reasons: First, so that we can learn to care for others more than we care for ourselves; and second, so we through our service and sacrifice can more easily be forgiven of our shortcomings and sins. Said in another way, Christ commands us to help those in need so that we can learn and grow.

How can we help?

If a person understands the command to help others, the natural next question is “how can I help others in need?” Donating money is one way, but it is only half of the equation. Money, in reality, represents our time and our talents. What the Lord wants is for us to give our time, talents, and our love, respect and good will- our hearts. Christ taught “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” When we give of hearts in service to others, we are giving our hearts to God.

Can I donate to just the humanitarian part of the Mormon church?

The LDS church does not solicit donations, not even from its members. However, those who wish to donate to the church may do so, and they may choose to direct their donation for specific uses. If you visit any LDS church building you will find a donation form is available near the offices of that building (you can ask anyone where the bishop’s office is, the donation forms are usually on the wall outside his door.)  Those who wish may also donate to specific causes through LDS Philanthropies online: LDS Philanthropies Website

But more important than donating money to any organization, we must all learn to reach out and help whenever and wherever we can. It might be as simple as bringing a meal over to a sick neighbor or friend, helping an out-of-work neighbor polish a resume, or volunteering at a local charity. When we give of our time and talents and heart in this way, we can come closer to God, forgetting our own problems and shortcomings, and sanctifying our souls.

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