The Complete Guide to Attending General Conference

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Mormon Life

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LDS Confference Center

The Conference Center was constructed for the main purpose of holding General Conference.

It is October and that means it is time again for the Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Many Church members will be traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend General Conference in person at the Conference Center. For many this may be the first time attending in person, or perhaps it has been a number of years since they’ve attended.

If you are going to Utah you may want some help in attaining tickets to the event, knowing how to find your way around the Conference Center and Temple Square, finding a place to stay, or even locating restaurants to eat at.

Perhaps you are a new member to the Church who has never watched Conference before, or you are just a long time member looking for a new easier way to view Conference. How do you go about getting access to Conference broadcasts, channels, audio, or streaming?

This article is here to help all members of the Church and other interested parties to get the best experience possible from this upcoming Semiannual General Conference. In this article you will find your complete guide to:

Attending in Salt Lake

Attending Conference at the Conference Center: Including getting tickets, travel routes, places to stay, places to eat, and getting around at the Conference Center.

Watching at Home

Including finding a Church building with a broadcast, finding online broadcasts, and finding TV or Radio stations airing Conference.

Preparing for Conference

How to get the most from your conference experience, including prayerful preparation, listening and taking notes, and helping children and teens enjoy Conference.

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Events on Temple Square and in Salt Lake City

March 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Events

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, is home to many groups dedicated to the arts. Many performances are held each month, and admission is generally free, with a few exceptions. Admission is, however, limited to visitors age 8 and older. For more  information, call (801) 240-3323 or visit

Ongoing Events on Temple Square

mormon-temple-square-salt-lakeSundays, 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Word.
Tabernacle (please be seated by 9:15)

Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals

Weekdays and Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Organ Recitals

Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Church History Museum
The museum is located across from Temple Square on West Temple Street.
Admission is free.

Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Exhibits focusing on the life of Jesus Christ, ancient and modern prophets, the construction of the Salt Lake Temple, and the importance of families.
North and South Visitors’ Centers

Free guided tours of Temple Square and the Conference Center are available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. To arrange a tour of Temple Square, please call 801-240-4872. To arrange a tour of the Conference Center, please call 801-240-0075. Walk-ins welcome.

CONTINUING —Free one-hour tours of the gardens surrounding Church headquarters are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. at door 15 of the Conference Center.

Events on Temple Square

To read about General Conference time (early April and early October) at Temple Square, please go here.

Performances at Temple Square

The Orchestra at Temple Square will celebrate its 15th anniversary with one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved works featuring 19-year-old piano prodigy George Li under the direction of acclaimed conductor, Igor Gruppman.

The concert, on Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square will open with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23.

  • Free tickets are required for this event. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per person.
  • On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, tickets may be obtained over the Internet or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS) beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Based on availability, tickets may be obtained in person at the ticket office located at door 4 of the Conference Center Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The ticket office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Seating will be general admission. 

Other Temple Square performances are free and open to ages eight and older. 

For more information, call Temple Square Performances at 801-240-3323.


Events in Salt Lake City

Area Universities Announce Their Performance Seasons:

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Mini Farmers Market at the Urban Flea

Location: 600 South Main Street
Dates: May 18, June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14,Oct 12
Time: Sundays, 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM

The 4th Annual Urban Flea Market in Downtown Salt Lake City is an affordable marketplace where you may find (and sell) a selection of eclectic, vintage used and unused items, including clothing, records, orginal artwork, furniture, tools, oddball knick-knacks and more.

For the second year now, the Downtown Farmers Market will hold a Mini-Farmers Market at the UFM.  You can expect to find 8-10 vendors at each UFM. For the May 18 Market, the Farmers Market focus is plant sales and gardening!  Each month the Farmers Market component will have a different theme with new vendors so be sure to check out the UFM every month!

For more information, check out the UFM website.


Salt Lake City Greek Festival

Sept 5-7
Holy Trinity Cathedral (279 South 300 West) 

The 39th annual Salt Lake City Greek Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday the 7th. Come experience the delicious food, dancing and art that Salt Lake’s Greek community has to offer. Admission is only $3, and free for children under the age of 5, making this a perfect family outing opportunity. The Greek Festival will run from 11 AM to 11 PM Friday and Saturday, 11AM-8PM on Sunday.

Visit for more info.

Dine O’Round

Sept 12-28
Downtown SLC

Grab a fork and dig in! Dine O’Round begins September 12th and runs through the 28th.  With a record 55 restaurants participating, this years Dine O’Round is sure to be the biggest and best thus far.  Choose between a $5 or $10 two-item lunch and $15 or $30 three-course dinner from Salt Lake’s best restaurants.  Dine O’Round is the perfect time of year to find your new favorite restaurants while revisiting the classics.

Visit for participating restaurants.

Salt Lake Comic Con

Sept 4-6

Salt Lake Comic Con is currently underway! The third largest Comic Con in the nation will have plentiful sights and activities. No matter what genre of the fantasy world you are interested in, Salt Lake Comic Con has you covered. Meet Stan Lee, the face of Marvel Comics or take a photo with Mr. America Hulk Hogan. With several events from video game tournaments to movie premieres, you are sure to be pressed for time to unlock all of your achievements.

Visit for more info.

Tuesday Harvest Market

Tuesdays 4PM-Dusk
Pioneer Park 

The smaller size of the mid-week market creates an intimate experience that is easy to access for convenient shopping, as well as supporting community and locally grown food. Commuters, downtown residents and regular market shoppers will find the Tuesday evening markets an alternative to the busy Saturday markets to purchase produce and farm goods with ample parking near the park.

The Harvest Market is comprised of 20-plus hand picked vendors that range from traditional farms and orchards to rare heirlooms as well as a limited number of artisan food vendors.

Visit for more info.

Bike Share Website Launch

On Sale Now

A Bike Share program is a network of many Bike Share stations, where members can take ANY bike, from ANY station, as many times as they like for a small membership fee. A 24-hour Access Pass, 7-day or Annual Membership lets you take UNLIMITED 30min trips at no extra charge! Every time you dock a bike, you get a fresh 30min.

Instead of renting one specific bike (bike rental), your GREENbike Membership gives you access to ALL THE BIKES at every downtown Bike Share station. Return your GREENbike to ANY Bike Share station so someone else can take a ride.

Visit to become a member.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure


Turn Salt Lake City into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your pace.

Visit for more info.



For a full calendar of Salt Lake City and nearby events, click here.

Downtown Parking

Worried about parking when you come downtown? Don’t be. We have over 25,000 parking spaces in addition to a wonderful public transportation program. For more information, check out the link here.

Temple Square

May 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Salt Lake City Mormon Temple

temple-square-groundsTemple Square is a thirty-five-acre plot located in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah. It was no accident that the city was built around Temple Square. When members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) arrived in 1847, Brigham Young wanted the Saints to put the focus of their lives on the temple. He set aside a plot of land for the temple built the city up with the temple at its center. Today, Salt Lake City roads are built on a grid system with Temple Square at the center. From there, roads branch out as 100 N, 100 S, 100 W, and 100 E.

The fourteen buildings which are housed on Temple Square today include the:

  • Tabernacle
  • North Visitor Center
  • South Visitor Center
  • Assembly Hall
  • Beehive House
  • Lion House
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building
  • Relief Society Building
  • Church History Library
  • Church History Museum
  • Church Office Building
  • Conference Center
  • Family History Library
  • and, of course, the Salt Lake Temple.

Mormon TabernacleThe Tabernacle, completed in 1867, was home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for scores of years, and served as the location of the LDS Church’s General Conferences for more than 130 years. The North Visitor Center houses a replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen’s sculpture the Christus, and the South Visitor Center has many interactive displays about Jesus Christ and the history of the LDS Church. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (the remodelled Hotel Utah) is home to two restaurants, several Church offices, special-event rooms, a theater (used for Church-made informational and inspirational films), and a distribution center for Church materials. The Family History Library contains the world’s largest collection of genealogical records, which is available for public use, as well as the Museum of Church History and Art.

The Conference Center, completed in 2000, seats 21,000 (compared to the 6,000 seating capacity of the Tabernacle), and is used for General Conferences as well as high-quality community performances such as plays, concerts, and lectures.

The new Church History Library, which opened in June 2009, used special design and construction to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings. This building houses a unique collection of journals, artifacts, photographs, and other records which pertain to the history of the Latter-day Saints and the Mormon Church.

Temple Square is a popular tourist attraction and with 5 million annual visitors, is more visited than either the Grand Cany0n or Yellowstone National Parks. In 2009, Forbes listed Temple Square as the 16th-most visited attraction in the United States.

Temple Square is now even its own geographical mission in the Mormon Church, with missionaries from 51 countries speaking 30 different languages to greet guests and share with them more about the Mormon Church. This is due to the wide variety of attractions for different interests as well as its beauty. The grounds at Temple Square are breathtaking. The landscaping is beautiful, and the Christmas lights and programs at Temple Square are legendary.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearses in the Tabernacle every Thursday, and these rehearsals are generally open to the public. All museums and centers on Temple Square are open free to the public.

See Temple Square in a virtual 3-D tour!

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