General Conference: at home or in Utah?

Saturday, April 4, marks The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s 185th Semiannual General Conference April session.

To view the sessions in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, tickets can be obtained through local Church leaders or at the Conference Center beginning March 23, according to

It may be possible to get tickets outside the Conference Center before any session, just by asking around according to

“We didn’t think we could get any,” said Macey Burt, a freshman studying special education. “We kept doubting our roommate and saying, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t get tickets,’ but we ended up getting eight just by holding up fingers.”

This year, however, she said she will not be attending conference in Salt Lake, but staying home.

She said her experience at the live conference was really cool and spiritual, but she enjoys staying home because she does not have to get ready.

“We’re gonna make a big breakfast and watch it in our PJs,” Burt said.

Miguel Feliciano, a junior studying business management, said he enjoys the relaxed environment of staying home but that it makes it harder for him to pay attention.

“When I stay home, I sleep,” Feliciano said. “I don’t watch conference. I just fall asleep.”

Feliciano said he has attended general conference and thought it was a really good experience, but it was kind of crowded.

The Conference Center seats 21,000 people, according to, and is broadcasted worldwide by way of television, radio, online and streaming in meetinghouses.

Rachel Shirley, a freshman studying, said her experience being at conference was amazing.

“You go in, and then the prophet walks in, and everybody just stands up, and you can feel his power from the priesthood and the love he has for everyone in the Church,” Shirley said.

She said attending made it easier to pay attention because there were less distractions, and for her, the crowd actually made the experience better.

“There is strength in numbers,” Shirley said. “When you’re there with a ton of people, you can feel the Spirit more.”

The six sessions started off with the General Women’s Meeting March 28.

The priesthood session will be on April 4 at 6 p.m.

The general sessions will be held on April 4-5 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days.

Starting in Oct. 2013, the Priesthood session was broadcast along with the other sessions according to

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