It truly was a conference “different from any previous conference,” as President Russell M. Nelson stated during his closing remarks of general conference in October 2019.

For the first time in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, general conference was shared exclusively with a remote congregation through live streaming and broadcast technology.

The 190th Annual General Conference was the first time in two decades that conference proceedings, available to the more than 16 million members of the Church worldwide, didn’t originate from the 21,000-seat Conference Center main auditorium. 

With the increased focus on commemorating the “bicentennial of the First Vision and the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days,” this 2020 April general conference sessions were historic and “unforgettable”. The coronavirus pandemic helped to set the stage and make it even more unforgettable!

President Russell M. Nelson opened the 190th Annual General Conference by referencing the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, in which Heavenly Father pointed to Jesus Christ and said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Those unique announcements and experiences included the sustaining of nine new General Authorities and a new Young Men general presidency, two youth speakers, a new Church symbol, a call for a second worldwide fast in response to COVID-19, a new Church proclamation on the Restorationa worldwide solemn assembly and Hosanna Shout, and the announcement of eight new temples.

As a service to their readers, the Church News has created a downloadable PDF summarizing each talk offered during the conference:

View or download the PDF of conference talk summaries.


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