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Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words | 6 April 2015 

In Your Own Words is a regular sampling of online articles, blog posts and social media that represent some of the current conversations about Mormonism. The posts in this series do not necessarily represent the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor are they meant to be a comprehensive summary of the online conversations about the Church. The intent is to highlight social media content from individuals that will help journalists and the public better understand Mormonism.

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather twice a year for the Church's worldwide general conference. Broadcast from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, the messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ reach millions around the world in nearly 200 countries. Last week we featured online discussion about the general women's session . This weekend thousands shared their online thoughts about their experiences with the five sessions of general conference held on April 4 and 5.

For many, the highlight of general conference was an announcement by President Thomas S. Monson that three new temples will be built in Bangkok, Thailand; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

 

A primary purpose of general conference is to learn from the teachings of inspired Church leaders. Mormons posted many memes online featuring their favorite quotes from the conference:

 

He is risen! Happy Easter! #ldsconf

A photo posted by Lindsay Sheridan (@lsheridan7) on

 

My favourite past conference quote of them all...."Defend your beliefs with courtesy and with compassion but defend them" #ldsconf #lds

A photo posted by Erin 🎨 LDS 💕 (@welcome_tomymindpalace) on

 

Like Sunflowers, We only need to seek out the Light! #Gospel #Savior #Humble #Love #Light #LDSConf #BecauseHeLives #Blessings #FollowHim

A photo posted by Tracy Steitz, a.k.a. "Rox" (@4evrexploring) on

 

One last one for tonight. #ldsconf Which was your favorite talk?

A photo posted by Mormon Lds (@mormonjoy) on

 

"A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying" Day 1 #LDSConf #lds

A photo posted by shir (@shirrdiaz_) on

 

Get ready for an overload of conference quote edits. I absolutely LOVED this talk! 👌#ldsconf

A photo posted by LDS • Inspiration (@_lds_inspiration_) on

 

Elder Bendar's got it right ♥️ #ldsconf #sharegoodness #latterdaydailies #latterdaysaint #yes #faith #mormon #power

A photo posted by latter-day-dailies (@latterdaydailies) on

 

 

Tens of thousands of Church members attend general conference in person in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The experience of gathering with so many others is a moving and cherished experience for many:

 

 

Another one from Conference! Also, we saw Tad. So that's cool! #LDSconf

A photo posted by Sydney Muller (@sydney_lin1) on

 

General conference today was AMAZING! #LDSConf

A photo posted by Ashley Smith (@ashley.smith.d) on

 

What an incredible night. To sing in the Priesthood Session of General Conference was a true joy. #ldsconf

A photo posted by Richard Flores (@afmusicman) on

 

Beautiful afternoon #ldsconf

A photo posted by Brad Weber (@weberbradley) on

 

Many more  millions of Mormons, in fact  tune into general conference around the world. Some gather in their local Church buildings; others watch at home or on the road. The proceedings are broadcast in more than 90 languages to a live worldwide audience:

 

 

Love.Blissful.Family❤️ #ldsconf

A photo posted by 周芃芃 (@winnie.chou) on

 

No better way to spend Easter. #ldsconf

A photo posted by @vahofman on

 

Ascoltare la conferenza generale in viaggio!! #ldsconf #Lds #ldsconf2015

A photo posted by hipoppina (@hipoppina) on

 

Conferencia😍😍😍😍😍 #ldsconf #mormon

A photo posted by Leonardo Oliveira. (@gluvaiber7179) on

 

#ldsconf ♥#fashionldsconference

A photo posted by @mar_amelie14 on

 

The music of general conference complements the messages of faith that are delivered. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during selected sessions, and local choirs sing during others:

 

 

For most, conference time is important not only because of the teachings Church leaders share but also because it's an opportunity to gather with family and friends:

 

 

We had a good time at conference today. #ldsconf

A photo posted by Paisley Setoki (@paisleynichellesetoki) on

 

Enjoyed being in #SLC for priesthood session of #LDSconf with these guys.

A photo posted by Trevor Guy (@trevg10) on

 

A photo posted by Wilfer Montes León (@wilferml) on

 

Priesthood session of general conference with grandpa Scott. #LDSconf

A photo posted by Jake Scott (@recoverywithjake) on

 

Dinner with my boys before priesthood session. First time we're all together in over 2 years! #ldsconf

A photo posted by Eddie Espiritu (@eddieespiritu) on

 

A prevailing sentiment shared on social media during general conference is gratitude for the experience:

 

 

To read more about general conference, see Mormon Newsroom's complete coverage.

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