LDS Church announces General Women’s Session and Priesthood Session will only be held once a year

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The congregation sits at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo courtesy of LDS Church)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will consolidate general conference sessions starting in April 2018, the First Presidency announced in a letter to church leadership on Friday.

The letter, which will be read in congregations throughout the world on Sunday, says:

“Beginning in April 2018, the general women’s session will no longer be held on the Saturday preceding the other sessions of general conference. Rather, the general priesthood and general women’s sessions will each be held annually, with the general priesthood session being in April and the general women’s session being in October.”

Those sessions will be held in the Conference Center on Temple Square on Saturday evening following the morning and afternoon sessions of general conference.

The letter says that consolidating conference sessions is part of the Church’s effort “of reducing and simplifying the work of the Church and the demands made upon leaders and members.”

In 2014, the Women’s Meeting was officially made part of general conference as the General Women’s Session. Since then, there have been six sessions and 12 hours of general conference held twice a year in April and October. The General Women’s Session was held the weekend prior to the other general conference meetings. The other meetings were held on Saturday morning and afternoon with a nighttime General Priesthood Session. Then conference concluded on Sunday with a morning and afternoon session.

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