SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a further extension of simplified leadership training.

Area Presidencies and Area Authority Seventies throughout the world will not travel to Salt Lake City for this April General Conference as they have traditionally done. Training sessions for Church leadership have typically been held as part of the General Conference.

Training of General Authorities and Area Authority Seventies will utilize technology similar to that used in the January 11, 2003, priesthood leadership broadcast and the leadership training announced for June 2003.

The pattern will allow Area Presidencies to remain closer to the Church membership in their assigned areas, and will avoid problems caused by potential uncertainties.

This will be evaluated after April general conference.