SALT LAKE CITY — The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a number of changes to the 190th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The venue has changed. There will be no spectators. But the five sessions will go on as scheduled April 4–5, 2020.

How the changes unfolded

Several weeks ago on March 11, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve announced that the public would not attend general conference, which usually draws about 100,000 people to downtown Salt Lake City. The next day, all church meetings worldwide were temporarily canceled.

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On March 19, the church announced that only the First Presidency, speakers and those giving prayers would attend each session in a small auditorium on Temple Square and that music for the conference would be prerecorded.

Latter-day Saints have looked forward to this conference since last October, when President Russell M. Nelson announced that 2020 would be designated as a bicentennial year to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Restoration and that April’s conference would “be different from any previous conference.”

When is general conference?

The four general sessions are scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, April 5, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All times are Mountain Daylight Time.

All Latter-day Saints ages 11 and older are invited to participate in the Saturday evening session at 6 p.m., where the First Presidency said it looks “forward to commemorating with members of the church the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

How to watch general conference

For the first time, the entire general conference will be broadcast to an exclusively remote audience.

To follow general conference online: and will have complete coverage of all the sessions, including the English livestream provided by the church.

All sessions will be streamed live in 41 languages on, with closed captions in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Each session will be published in 96 languages following the conference on the church’s website and Gospel Library app.

The church’s YouTube channel will stream the conference live in 12 languages.

Other online options for streaming or listening include:

To watch general conference on TV:

Utah residents can watch general conference on KSL-TV (Channel 5). In addition, KSL-TV and KSL NewsRadio will “broadcast exclusive programming all weekend-long, aimed at providing comfort and hope to you and your family.”

For Dish Network subscribers, BYUtv is channel 9403. For DirecTV users, BYUtv is Channel 374.

Visit to find general conference on cable or broadcast TV in your area.

To listen to general conference on the radio:

Utah listeners can tune into KSL Radio (AM 1160, FM 102.7) and KBYU (FM 89.1). General conference will also be available at Sirius XM (Channel 143).

Visit to find general conference on your local radio stations.

General conference news and updates

For the latest updates and coverage of general conference, follow the Deseret News all weekend on, the Deseret News app, the Deseret News Facebook page, the Deseret News Twitter account and the Deseret News Instagram account.

Read talk summaries on and follow coverage on the Church News app.

The church will also provide coverage on, the church’s Facebook page, the church’s Twitter account and the church’s Instagram account.

People participating in the conference via social media can follow the #GeneralConference hashtag or look for messages from church leaders on Facebook and Twitter.