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President Gordon B. Hinckley is to be sustained as president of the Church during the opening session of the 165th Annual General Conference, which convenes in the Tabernacle on Temple Square Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2.

Also to be sustained as counselors in the new First Presidency are President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor, and President James E. Faust, second counselor. All Church members in their various locations are invited to participate in the Solemn Assembly, held for the purpose of sustaining the new Church president and his counselors. Also to be sustained are other General Authorities and general auxiliary presidencies.Due to the brief tenure of President Howard W. Hunter, who was sustained at general conference last October, this will be the second consecutive conference at which a Solemn Assembly has been held for the purpose of sustaining a new Church president. President Hunter, who was ordained as president of the Church on June 5, 1994, died March 3, after having served as Church president just nine months.

General sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day of the conference weekend. In addition, there will be a general priesthood meeting April 1 at 6 p.m. (Saturday times are Mountain Standard Time, and Sunday times are Mountain Daylight Time.)

The general sessions are being televised in the Intermountain Region by KSL-TV Channel 5, Salt Lake City, and over the Church's satellite network, which reaches more than 3,000 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The priesthood meeting will also be carried over the satellite network.

The Solemn Assembly is being carried by satellite to sites in most west European and Nordic countries, and to the British Isles. Some of these countries include Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

In addition, the Solemn Assembly is being translated into 34 languages in the Tabernacle and telecast in 11 languages.

Music for both Sunday sessions will be provided by the Tabernacle Choir, with Jerold D. Ottley conducting at the morning session and Donald Ripplinger at the afternoon session.

The Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, is singing at the Saturday morning session. Music at the Saturday afternoon session will be provided by an Aaronic Priesthood choir from the Springville Utah Region, with James Kasen directing. At the priesthood meeting, a combined institute men's choir from the Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake University and Orem institutes in Utah will sing, directed by Duane Huff.