SALT LAKE CITY —The 173rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held this Saturday and Sunday, 4-5 October 2003, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Those attending the conference sessions are encouraged to arrive early to minimize possible delays as a result of security procedures. Everyone entering the Conference Center on Saturday and Sunday will be required to pass through metal detectors and bag checks similar to security measures at airports or at other public events.

Cameras, recording devices, weapons, food, backpacks, large bags and packages will not be allowed in the Conference Center. Attendees are encouraged to leave such items at home.

Admission
Tickets are required for entrance into the Conference Center for all five sessions. Local Church leaders are responsible for the distribution of conference tickets and Church members are asked to obtain tickets from their ecclesiastical leaders.

The Conference Center will open 90 minutes prior to each session. Ticket holders should be in their seats at least 30 minutes before each session begins. All persons holding tickets, eight years of age or older, will be admitted.

Overflow areas will be available in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and in the Tabernacle. Spanish translation of the conference proceedings will be provided in the Assembly Hall.

Broadcast
All general sessions can be viewed live on KSL-TV (Channel 5), KBYU-TV (Channel 11), and BYU-TV (DirecTV channel 374 and DISH Network channel 9403). General sessions will also be available live on KSL Radio (1160 AM) or on a tape-delayed basis on KBYU-TV. In addition, all sessions will be transmitted via satellite to approximately 1500 cable television systems and radio and television stations in the United States and Canada as a public service.

Conference sessions will be translated live into 58 languages and transmitted via satellite to church meetinghouses throughout the world.

Internet Access
Audio coverage of conference sessions can be heard live over the internet at www.lds.org in approximately 30 languages. Complete text of the talks will be available on the website in the gospel library link within the week following conference. Transportation
Conference attendees are invited to carpool or use public transportation to relieve downtown traffic congestion. TRAX will run Saturday from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.; Sunday from 7:10 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. UTA buses will be available Saturday and Sunday following their standard weekend schedules. Personal vehicles arriving from the north are encouraged to use the 600 North I-15 off ramp to access 300 West.

Parking
Parking passes are distributed by local Church leaders with conference tickets. Downtown parking lots will be open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings for conference parking.

Parking lot entrances:
* Main Street Annex Parking Lot
128 N. Main Street (north of Church Office
Building; handicapped parking available)

* Church Historical Parking Facility
119 W. North Temple Street (behind Museum of Church History and Art)

* State Street Parking Lot
125 N. State Street

* 200 West Parking Lot
40 N. 200 West

* West Temple Parking Lot
120 N. West Temple (handicapped parking available)

* 300 West Parking Lot (three entrances)
60 N. 300 West;
275 W. North Temple; 250 W.
South Temple

* ZCMI Center
40 E. South Temple (free parking Saturday and Sunday)

* Regent Street
200 South between State Street and Main Street

All parking lots are within short walking distances of the Conference Center. Please avoid parking in front of homes in downtown residential areas. Cars parked on neighborhood streets may be ticketed or towed at owner’s expense.

No parking will be available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Parking Plaza. Special permits are required to enter the Church Office Building and Conference Center parking facilities.