I was scanning pictures for a Photobook project for my bestfriend, Dearie, when I stumbled upon several pictures of my first ever US trip last August 29, 2000 that took me to Salt Lake City, Utah among other destinations.
While in Utah, I was able to attend the dedication of the Conference Center on October 8 during the 170th semiannual general conference.
The Conference Center, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the premier meeting hall for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church, popularly known as the "Mormon Church"). It is believed to be the largest theater-style auditorium ever built.
Before the dedication, I was able to visit the Conference Center in September 2000 and have seen the interior of the 21,000 seat Conference Center which was completed in April 2000. There is a rostrum behind the pulpit facing the audience, which provides seating at general conference for 158 general authorities and general officers of the church and the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The auditorium is large enough to hold two Boeing 747s inside. All seats in the audience have an unobstructed view of the pulpit because the balcony is held up by radial trusses.
The Conference Center has replaced the traditional use of the nearby Salt Lake Tabernacle, built in 1868, for semiannual LDS Church general conferences and major church gatherings, devotionals, and other events.
A visit to the Conference Center after that has always been included in my "things -to-do while in Salt lake City" - in December 2000 with the Mumford's family, in March 2001 with Kami Sebresos McMaster, in April 2001 General Conference with ate Dearie and some Filipino friends and later in year 2001 with Gigi Guerra.