Friday, October 5, 2012

CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE

It's conference time!

For those of you who are wondering what the big deal about Conference is, let me assure you, General Conference is a BIG DEAL.

Every six months, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address the whole world via satellite broadcast.  In six two-hour sessions, they give short talks of 10-20 minutes each about Gospel topics, which are not coordinated with each other beforehand, but often end up seeming to follow certain trends together (and, honestly, which trend they seem to follow often depends on where you are in your life).  The experience unites Mormons all over the world, as the conference proceedings are translated into triple-digit languages and broadcast all over the world, to church meetinghouses and to homes via television and the internet.

During General Conference, thousands upon thousands of people from all over Utah, the United States, and the world converge on downtown Salt Lake City, mostly to attend conference, sometimes to protest it.  The Church pays for extra TRAX trains, which run free before and after each session of General Conference, to transfer the masses of the faithful and the protesters alike from downtown to their several destinations.  These trains tend to run mightily full, while others (we'll call them "less valiant," shall we?) fight their way up the freeway, through downtown, and into an unsightly parking garage, after which they have to walk farther to go to conference than did the people on the train.  I'm not judging them--Bible says not to--but I do think my way is more conducive to a peaceful Conference-going experience.


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