PROVO -- The excitement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Conference permeates the Wasatch Front every six months.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, members of the church around the world will tune in to sessions featuring talks from general authorities and leaders of the worldwide church.

LDS Church public affairs noted that due to advances in social media and other forms of technology, pretty much anyone who wants to hear or see conference sessions is now able to. Whether you're watching in pajamas, the car or recreating, technology has made access easy.

"While more than 100,000 individuals are anticipated in the live audience in the Conference Center, millions will view or listen to the five scheduled conference sessions in 95 languages via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts," said church officials in a statement.

"In addition to broadcasts in local Latter-day Saint chapels around the globe, the Church streams the conference live on LDS.org, BYUtv, BYUtv International, the Mormon Channel, Roku, Facebook and YouTube. Online viewership increased dramatically [approximately 30 percent] during the October 2013 conference."

The general conference YouTube channels stream live and archive the conference proceedings in Spanish, English and Portuguese. This provides access on a platform that many people are familiar with and can easily access on a number of devices.

Many also hear and participate in sharing General Conference through social media. A flood of tweets with the hashtag #ldsconf are posted on Twitter during each of the five sessions, which includes Saturday evening's priesthood session. During the weekend, general conference is one of the most discussed topics on Twitter in the United States and sometimes worldwide during a given period. Last October, 155,000 tweets related to General Conference were posted.

Through its official social media channels, the Church will immediately post messages live from the conference in multiple languages, and it encourages others to share those messages. During general conference in October 2013, many additional viewers watched or listened to the messages after seeing a post about it on social media. Due to that success, live posts will be expanded and will include Spanish and Portuguese.

General conferences are conducted by the Church each April and October and include five two-hour meetings held during two days. The April meetings are called annual conferences, and those in October, semiannual.

The first general conference took place in 1830, the year the Church was organized.

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