Matt Pierce-Briscoe/ Daniel Kempf
Corpus Christi, Texas/Salt Lake City, Utah — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is holding its 190th Annual General Conference this weekend at the Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, members from around the world, including right here in Corpus Christi are gathering to learn and worship in their homes as families.
This particular General Conference of the Church marks a very occasion in the faith’s history. This year marks 200 years since the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, said he saw God and Jesus Christ. This weekend's General Conference celebrates that anniversary.
This General Conference is very different because of the spread of COVID-19, this is the first time the conference will be held entirely through technology.
The event is being streamed to homes around the world via the church’s application, YouTube channel and other social media.
This conference also marks a major emphasis on youth and younger generations. In fact, on Saturday evening the session included speakers from a young man and a young woman who are members of the church.
Here in Corpus Christi, the faith’s membership numbers into the thousands among multiple congregations. Worldwide, membership numbers are in excess of 16 million members.
Considered one of the fastest growing denominations in the world, the church reported on Saturday a total of 248,835 converts from other denominations were baptized during 2019, up from 234,332 last year.
Perhaps the most active denominations in the area proselyting and missionary service, the church reported that they had 67,021 young proselyting missionaries, serving around the world.
The conference runs through Sunday and can be viewed at this link to the Church’s website.