DATES: Saturday and Sunday, 6-7 April 2002
PLACE: The Conference Center, north of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah
TIMES: General sessions will be conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Standard Time on Saturday and Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday. The general priesthood meeting will be conducted Saturday at 6 p.m. Standard Time. Note: The Sunday morning meeting is preceded by the Tabernacle Choir broadcast at 9:30.
Music: The 360-voice Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, under the direction of Craig Jessop, Mack Wilberg and Barlow Bradford, will provide music for the Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon sessions of conference. Organists will be Richard Elliott, John Longhurst and Linda Margetts.
A combined choir from the Logan and Ogden, Utah Institutes will sing during the Saturday afternoon session with Duane Huff, Stephen Schank and Jerry Simon directing, with Bonnie Goodliffe at the organ. A men’s choir from BYU-Idaho will sing at the Priesthood session on Saturday evening conducted by Kevin Brower and Randall Kempton, with Clay Christiansen at the organ.
Translation: General conference will be translated into 52 different languages. Non-English-speaking Church leaders and members from various parts of the world seated in the Conference Center, in overflow locations on Temple Square including the Tabernacle and the North Visitors’ Center, and in local stake centers and ward chapels are able to listen to conference proceedings in their own language through interpreters stationed in the lower level of the Tabernacle. Listeners in some locations are provided special headsets to hear conference in their native language. Because of the large number of Spanish-speaking conference visitors who come to Salt Lake City, the audio feed for overflow seating in the Assembly Hall will be in Spanish only.
Three to five translator-interpreters will be on hand to simultaneously interpret for one or more conference sessions for each of the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Fijian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Hiligaynon Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ilokano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiribati, Korean, Laotian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Malagasy, Mongolian, Navajo, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
Signing: Those who are deaf or hearing impaired and have appropriate tickets will have sign language and closed captions available to them in the Conference Center. The proceedings will also be conveyed via sign language and closed captioning to a gathering of the deaf and hearing impaired in the Tabernacle inside door 6. All satellite and TV broadcasts of general conference in North America will be closed-captioned for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Internet Access: Conference information can be obtained from the Church’s website at www.media.lds.org. Conference sessions may be heard live over the Internet in approximately 30 languages at www.lds.org (click on “Broadcast” in the right column) and text of General Conference addresses will be available at www.lds.org (in Gospel Library) within the week following conference.
Satellite and Other Transmissions: All sessions of the conference will be televised to receiver-equipped Church buildings via the Church satellite system. There are more than 3,881 LDS stake centers and other buildings equipped with satellite receivers throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Satellite transmissions to stake centers in these areas will be via Telstar 5 satellite. In Latin America, over 786 stake centers will receive the broadcast live over Satmex 5 satellite and Telstar 12 satellites. The broadcast will be sent to the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
European transmissions will have audio available in 15 languages on Telstar 12. There aremore than 325 stake and ward buildings with downlink equipment in the United Kingdom,
Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece and South Africa.
Church units in areas of the world where satellite and other transmissions are not available will receive videotapes of conference sessions through Church distribution centers located in 30 international areas of the Church.
All general sessions will also be carried live on KSL-TV channel 5, BYU-TV channel 11, Direct TV channel 387, and DISH Network channel 9403. General sessions can also be seen on a tape-delayed basis on KBYU-TV channel 11. In addition, all general sessions will be transmitted via satellite to approximately 1,500 cable television systems plus television and radio stations in the United States and Canada on a public service basis. Cable systems and homeowners with analog dishes can receive the general sessions of conference, except Priesthood session, on Galaxy 11, transponder 17, 4040 MHz, 90 west. English audio will be available on 6.8 and 6.2 and Spanish audio will be available on 5.8.
Landscaping: Visitors to Temple Square and the adjacent Church Office Building plaza will find assorted blooms from bulbs and Spring flowers pervading the flower beds and manicured green lawns. Across the street at the Conference Center the landscaping changes to a natural setting of wild flowers and plants adorning the bank of City Creek as it flows along the sidewalk. The four acres atop the Conference Center are planted in an Alpine meadow of wild flowers and 21 types of native mountain grasses. A rooftop fountain cascades 67 feet down the front of the Conference Center.
Ushers: More than 650 volunteer ushers and 510 building hosts serve on Temple Square and in the Conference Center. They provide assistance to conference-goers in the new Conference Center and in overflow locations in the Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, Joseph Smith Building and on the grounds.
First Aid: During the conference, a first-aid station will be open in the Conference Center on the Plaza level near door 13. Medical assistance is available during all sessions.