Saturday, October 2, 2010

LDS General Conference 2010 and Conference Center Memories

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Today is the first session of the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. What a blessing it is to be able to watch the sessions over the internet via the! The messages are all inspired! I felt like they are all intended to me personally.

The General Conference brought back memories of the first time I was inside the Conference Center a decade ago, sometime in October 2000.

The Conference Center, located to the north of Temple Square, was completed in April of 2000. The auditorium in the Conference Center seats 21,000, and a separate theater in the building seats an additional 850. The building is constructed of granite from the same quarry which provided the granite for the Salt Lake Temple.

Being only 6 months old then, I was able to tour around the Conference Center before the actual Conference sessions were held that year. I couldn't help but get amazed at its massive structure! In fact, I read that a Boeing 747 jet could easily fit inside the massive main assembly hall!

A few days later from that visit, I witnessed huge multitudes of people enjoying the General Conference inside that inspired edifice which resulted from the prophetic ponderings of then-LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley. I was seated at the first few rows so I was so thrilled at the opportunity!

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