Sure will be convenient, but it actually makes me kind of sad. Some of my best
memories are attending this meeting (well, attending a broadcast of it in a
stake center) with my dad, and later, with my sons. The priesthood session has
always been my favorite, and there is something special about having it as a
real meeting, rather than watching it at home. There is a sense of priesthood
brotherhood. I plan on continuing to watch it at the church. I'm sure it
helps those who live very long distance from meetinghouses.
Sounds like they are appeasing the feminist who plan on attending at the
Will the meeting still be broadcast at the churches? Or does this mean that I
now just watch priesthood session at home?
While I can appreciate RG's sentiment, this change will be wonderful for
those of us who live in remote areas. Our stake center alone is over 2 hours
away and we're 15 miles from our tiny branch. Communion with
the saints is wonderful, but back in the nineties, when we had to go to stake
meetings, we would have to hire an all-day babysitter, pack at least two meals
and be on the road for 5 hours total, just to attend inservice meetings. Now my
husband just calls in. That sure helps our budget. And just think of how much
our poor teen-aged children used to have to spend an entire day, sitting in a
hall-way during stake meetings, waiting for an evening dance. They didn't
attend many of them.All these things being said, God doesn't
cheat anyone. He has blessed our family continually with sons serving missions
and all married in the temple. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. The
family is the most important unit of the Church. Everything else is negotiable.
I'm glad to see the influence that Ordain Women has had with their active
petition to attend the meeting. I am doubly convinced now that when they line
up for standby tickets they will both get them from the ticket office and will
be allowed into the building without fuss. If anyone in the world, regardless
of gender, can watch the proceedings over the Internet then it would be
extremely odd to not allow the same privilege to those who wished to watch it in
person. Which, if it happens, would be a fantastic change that almost certainly
would not be happening without the pestering of OW. They've won!
Score! No getting dressed up!
I never could figure out why this wasn't done in the first place. It now
makes it much more accessible to me, since I have a severely handicapped son who
needs my help and cannot make it to the stake center.
This will make my wife very happy. She always wants a report when we get home of
who spoke and what the talks were about. Now she will be able to watch with us.
We can now make this a family affair, have a barbecue and spend the time
together in the comforts of our home. I love the idea!
Way to go!Does this mean that the protest group of women will just
watch on TV instead of standing in line and trying to get into the Conference
What? No more pizza with all the young men after the broadcast? I think
that's a tradition we will continue.
Just shows that EVERYONE is welcome, now I can watch with my husband at home if
we like. It does kind of take some of the steam out of the OW petition and
"let's all go to Priesthood meeting" event. I'm sure the
Church will let them in.
How can I keep this information from my guys! "No, you need to go to the
stake center, girl time here!" :P
Even though we can watch at home my family still tries to go to the chapel for
at least one session of conference. We think it helps distinguish Conference
which helps our kids recognize that what we're doing is church and not just
a TV program. I'll probably still attend priesthood at the chapel because
the chapel has fewer distractions.
Looks like Ordain Women won! It'd be silly for the ushers to bar them from
attending in person if they could just pull out their iPhones and watch it
RG - Ditto. Had good memories attending the broadcast with my sons at our Stake
It's great to know that the Church was already planning to have female
prayers in Conference before the feminists asked about it and now the Church has
opened up the Priesthood Session to everyone before Ordain Women made it an
issue. It's great that the Church is making these changes even before
others notice that they need to be done and I look forward to many great and
important things yet to be revealed even before people begin agitating for them.
And yes I am getting more than a little annoyed that my comments aren't
apparently "civil" enough. I'm only saying that this is a great
thing to have happen and I feel that this decision was not made in a vacuum.
I'm not sure how that's uncivil or "solely meant to provoke".
Are we still encouraged to attend at a Stake Center when available? I like
attending this meeting away from home, many fewer distractions and playing
children to avoid that way.
AND in a related press release - The BYU Creamery and ice cream shops all along
the Wasatch Front just announced that they are predicting huge 3rd quarter
Can we please do the same for "regional" stake conferences?
I remember loading up the family on Friday for a trip to *the* stake at the
other end of the state for conference. It was a hoot to hear talks about
keeping the Sabbath from someone who apparently did not realize that the Church
actually existed outside of Utah --- we were violating nearly all by attending
This has been such a great family tradition...the boys turn 12 and trek to Utah
to see conference live for the first time and then go to conference and out to
dinner twice a year with their dad. Truly Sorry to see it end.
@morpunkt, you are not alone.I myself who are visually & hearing
impaired have a hard time adapting what was said and I can rewind for repeats. I
do have two young kids in my home and will continue to stake center but after
they move on then I can be at home with my wife.
...how are we supposed to tell our wives. "Sorry, what we learned was only
for us men. You will have to learn of the messages that were shared through our
bumbling, rambling,...I think the message was this...oh and I got a high score
on angry birds...".This, my friends, is genius. Now, how do we
convince them that every Sunday church needs to be streamed to our homes (with
packaged pre-blessed freeze dried bread).
In one of the priesthood season, we had to rush over to nearest neighboring
stake center when we had ours' digital broadcasting unit broke down at the
start. With that announcement, we can now use latest laptop or smartphone
application to hook up directly to stake projector units.
I would hope that for those visiting to get entrance to the priesthood session
in Salt Lake that since it is for the priesthood that the men will be seated
before they bring women activists in. It isn't for the women so to exclude
men for political reasons is wrong.
This makes a lot of sense.
elvisroidutexas posted: Can we please do the same for "regional" stake
conferences?Has already happened in Alaska. But then, we have
special needs here.In mid Aug our Regional Conference was re-live
streamed from the Stake Center to the two other meetinghouses, as well as to all the Saints in remote bush Alaska. Interestingly, the feed in our
building died about 45 minutes before end of meeting. But then
someone dialed up the conference phone bridge, sat their phone under the pulpit
microphone and we listen to the last 15 minutes. Then 2
weeks ago for Stake conference, I was able to watch at home just like the rest
of the remote bush members were able to do. If there is
a need, the Church is applying the technology. PS What does
"Can not save, Post contains a non-wrapping long line" mean? How do you
identify and fix such?
The feminists now have no way of claiming they are being excluded from
information, and travel times for many men around the world have now been made
much more reasonable. But there is no reason to stop the family and ward
traditions that have developed. Quorums can still gather to listen to a
prophet's voice. Meet afterward for treats and conversations.
Relationships with our brethren matter. Keep the priesthood conference
>>Looks like Ordain Women won! It'd be silly for the ushers to bar
them from attending in person if they could just pull out their iPhones and
watch it anyways.I'll be very surprised if any of them bother
to show up now. Protest groups who announce in advance that they're going
to try to gain entry to a closed meeting are usually far more interested in
publicity than in actually attending the meeting.
Finally. This is a good step to show the world what the Priesthood is all about.
I think is a great idea. I like the accessibility aspect, for sure. I also like
how it removes the mystery around Priesthood session since women were not able
to watch it on TV. If it's published in the Ensign and made available on
the internet, why not just broadcast it live? Good move, Church!
Although it is more convenient; I still plan my tradition to take my sons
outside of our stake to the building across the street from Apollo Burger so we
can be first in line afterwards.
I'm glad that it's being covered live, but those who have been
complaining that it isn't open to everyone could have watched it on the
internet, with a delay.
I'm very happy to hear of this development, and wonder why it took them so
long to do it--perhaps they felt the men wouldn't be as diligent as the
women about watching if they didn't require them to make a trip. And while
I am another who looks forward to going to the Stake Center with my son when he
turns 12 before next April, it will definitely be nice to have the option to
stay at home when not feeling well, etc. And with Saturdays twice a year being
essentially lost to any usual activity because of Conference, I would really
love to see Conference go to a quarterly schedule and have all meetings on
Sunday. Not only would that help immensely in this world that is so much busier
than it was even a couple of decades ago, but the world environment changes that
much faster these days as well. Six months between conferences seems like a
very long time to be current on topics of importance to the Church.
This is progress.
LDS General priesthood meeting for years was the major guys night out event of
the spring and autumn social seasons -- sometimes with dinner afterwards. From
here on out, LDS priesthood holding men can watch it on TV at home with their
wives and kids. This is what we call change amid change.
@ NoCoolName_TomDo you not read the other article. The lost members
of OW will STILL NOT Be allowed in. Priesthood meeting is for those who hold or
should hold the Priesthood. Not for some of the world protesters.
Can we do the same for regular stake conferences?
Ummm. It has been posted in the ENSIGN for the last 30 years that I have
bothered to notice. Nothing new about having access to the meeting's
information. These women are just about pushing their agenda which goes against
all doctrinal teachings concerning the Priesthood of God.
So...do you think more men will be tuning in to the General Women's
Broadcast? I doubt it, but they might learn a few things about their mothers,
wives, and daughters. I love the Priesthood session. Not sure where my husband
plans to watch it, but if he stays home I'll watch it with him. :)
First of all this is a great opportunity for all. It does not mean you
can't go to the General prsthd mtng with your sons and Father. It means
that many who are too far away, or cant leave there home, or other extenuating
circumstances-to include non-members who want to learn more but may not want to
be so observable in doing so-can learn more and feel the spirit in doing so. It
Is not in response to those who plan to protest. I am sadden that so many in
their experience and tenure in the church and gospel resign themselves to
believe that the brethren make decisions in other ways for the benefit of the
church by pressure, intimidation, etc.--rather than by prayer, thought, fasting
and revelation--the will of God
The priesthood session has been posted online within minutes of the benediction
for some time now. The General R.S. Mtg. has been broadcast on KBYU for a long
time, and it has still been put over the satellite to the stake centers. This
new development just gives more options for those who want to attend or who want
to view from home.
@andrew h That's so hilarious if it isn't true!For those
of you who think that this is a result of Ordain Women's activism, I think
you are sorely wrong. The church--excuse me, The Lord--doesn't change
anything unless He wants to and needs to, let alone listen to a puny group of
Don't understand the relationship between OW and this change. PH Session
has always been published in the Ensign (I think "always") and it could
"always" be watched or listened to on the web (sure, maybe a week
later). However, the Church has always made changes that improve accessibility
to more of it's members and changing circumstances around the world (I
think "always" - at least since I've known about the Church circa
But how will we, as the men of the Church, keep all the secrets we discuss in
these priesthood meetings - how to rule our families, suppress feminist
uprisings, and how to properly subjugate, oppress, and domesticate the women?Dang! This ruins everything!
Looks like some might think that we should just get rid of any meetings for men,
women, boys or girls which focus on ideas which might be of more specific
interest to and/or have themes which specifically relate to each group. (Even
this placement of M/W/B/G will rile up some who would say it's an
indication of inequality. Wonder which order it should be in? I guess I could
have put the younger groups first... or can there be any 'groups'
allowed to be categorized as having different interest, say possibly based on
age? Or is that also always seen as some sort of discrimination?) While
we're at it let's just get rid of local R.S. (Yea, I listed it first!)
P.H., Y.W. & Y.M. meetings and all just meet together all the time. Would
that mean we could have just one, one hour meeting on Sunday and go home?
Can't wait to NOT go to the Stake Center... woot!! Of course if my wife is
hovering over my shoulder during priesthood session, I'm fairly certain I
won't get much out of it. :D
I appreciated the comment of sentimentality of good memories attending with dad,
and now with sons. You can still do that. I intend to still go to the stake
center - a twenty minute drive for us, just because I like to share that meeting
with the brethren of our stake. I can also see how this will be
great for those who live even much further from a building with the church
satellite system installed.
Did anyone else hear about the Relief Society broadcast is now being streamed
live online as well? The men might enjoy watching that as well as its now open
to everyone to enjoy.
@WyssafulI don't know about online but the Relief Society and Young
Women meetings have been broadcast live on BYUtv for several years. Yes, I have
enjoyed watching general RS meetings with my wife.
The Priesthood Session has always been my favorite and most spiritual experience
of Conference. I have enjoyed taking my son with me the past 2 years, and also
taking my newly-reactivated father-in-law as well. Hopefully the
broadcast to the stake centers will still occur. I didn't see it in the
article. There is something special to me about congregating as brothers in the
Is this like when the church stopped polygamy? Or when the church decided that
after it built a temple in Brazil it had to let the blacks have the priesthood
or no one would be able to go to the temple? If it is, then same-sex marriage
may be just around the corner. It really looks like the church bending to
Un-Cool Tom,Your numerous comments that are posted aren't
uncivil, just smug and annoying (I obviously have no clue about any that
didn't get posted). The part that you seem to be oblivious to is that the
proceedings were never being kept from these women that don't seem to
understand that the Lord runs his Church (if they did, they could, and would, go
straight to the top with their request). The issue was always that the meeting
and seats are intended for priesthood holders.Where some see the
influence of the agitators, I see the Lord doing what I've seen him moving
towards for many years; and I've been expecting it to actually happen for
the last few years. The adversary just wants it to look like this wasn't a
plan, long in preparation.
I am a broadcaster out in Missouri who carries general conference. Will someone
be contacting me about this change. I will have to make some adjustments
quickly. How are broadcasters being notified. So far I have heard nothing.
Priesthood holders are encouraged to attend the general priesthood meeting in
their local chapel, says a letter to be read to all local LDS priesthood quorum
meetings Sunday. The Saturday evening broadcast at meetinghouses represents an
important tradition and is an especially uplifting experience for young men, the
Doesn't this Ordain Women group have something better to do than insisting
on going to Priesthood meeting? Talk about straining at gnats! I don't feel
jealous that I'm not allowed at the women's meeting tonight. Why
should I? The church is dealing with a vast missionary program, a huge
humanitarian program, strident anti Mormons, universities to fund and
administer, and many other heavy burdens and this group of strange women want to
go to a meeting that is for the priesthood. They must feel awfully insecure. The
next thing you know they will be demanding equal access to the restrooms in the
church like they have in the public schools in California.
I really don't see what the big deal is. Women have always been able to
read the talks in the Ensign conference issue. Just saying!
Technically the article is incorrect. For about the last two years I have viewed
conference at a chapel that does not have a satellite. I think we got it through
an internet feed that had to be decrypted, but I am not even sure we had to
decrypt anything.Also, in about 1997 I viewed a priesthood session
through satellite dish at a members home. Don't ask me how we pulled that
off, but we did.
I was about 5 years ago reading comments of a divorced father who never got to
see priesthood meeting because that was one of the few times he actually got to
see his children.I hope people still go to chapels to watch it.
There is a feeling of camaraderie gained that way. Still, there are men who may
not be able to make it to the chapel due to work, but could still make it in
time to at least catch some of it if they could watch by other means.
sincerely doubt this has anything to do with the Ordain Women radicals. For one
thing, changes like this can not be done quickly. I strongly suspect they have
been working on doing this for some time, but wanted to wait until they were
sure they could pull it off to announce it.
In my stake for the first time a few weeks ago we broadcast a stake conference
to all buildings with satelites (4 besides the stake center) when it was not a
multi-stake broadcast originating from elsewhere. We still filled up virtually
all the chapel, overflow and cultural hall, so I am not sure how we ever fit in
when we had the whole stake there. I wonder if next they will also do the
broadcast to the other 2 chapels in the stake through internet feed. We also for
the first time had a social after the adult session. If it is just a meeting,
there is limit gain from having people grammed together, and I say this loving
huge numbers of people grammed together, but it does not outweight other issues
when your stake is 48 miles from end to end.
Now let's see how many go...next year.