SALT LAKE CITY—Responding to surging growth worldwide, the First Presidency has announced that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its first global leadership training by satellite on Saturday, January 11.

The three-hour meeting will be for priesthood leaders including stake presidents and bishops, and the many priesthood officers who support them such as high councilors and elders quorum presidents. President Gordon B. Hinckley and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will conduct the training.

Some 97% of targeted Church leaders will be reached by the transmission, which will originate from the auditorium of the Church Office Building and be beamed to satellite receivers on Church buildings throughout the world. Only a swatch of land in western Africa is outside the satellite footprint. Leaders in that area will receive the full training meeting by videotape later.

The First Presidency noted that the decision to use a satellite broadcast to train priesthood leaders is a major step for the Church.

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve will continue to travel to units throughout the world. Such interaction with Church members is considered essential for the leadership to stay in touch with members.

Topics for the satellite meeting will include Church organization, the importance of the family and temples.

Note for media: the public and news media are not invited to this leadership meeting.