October 8, 2018
Writer: Emma Hassell
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just wrapped up the 188th semi-annual General Conference in Salt Lake City. For two weekends of the year, members of the Church of Jesus Christ gather to receive guidance and encouragement from church leaders.
During this weekend of General Conference, Church President Russel M. Nelson announced changes to the Sunday meeting schedules. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles helped explain the changes that will be made.
Beginning in January 2019, the Church will begin the new home-centered, church-supported curriculum which will shorten the meeting schedule from three hours to two hours.
During the Women’s Session of General Conference on Saturday night, President Nelson challenged the women of the Church to participate in a 10-day fast from social media. President Nelson also challenged the women to read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year.
At the end of the final session on Sunday afternoon, President Nelson announced the Salt Lake Temple and other pioneer-generation temples would undergo renovation and updates in the future. Details on these projects will be shared as they are developed.
President Nelson also announced the construction of 12 new temples. The announced temples will be located all over the world in 10 countries and territories including Guam, Puerto Rico and Cape Verde. This was the most number of temples ever announced on the same day and brings the total number of Latter-day Saint temples operating, announced or under construction to 201. It has been exactly 18 years to the week since the church completed its 100th temple.
For more information about changes and announcements from General Conference, or to watch or listen to the talks, visit lds.org.