For the first time, general conference on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 will be telecast over satellite in 16 languages, an increase of 13 over last year's number.
Church units or members in North America, including Hawaii, with proper TV satellite receptors, can now receive conference broadcasts in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Tongan, Samoan, Portuguese, Laotian, Cambodian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Haitian Creole.All sessions will be telecast via satellite to the more than 2,500 meetinghouses throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico equipped with satellite receivers. In addition, all sessions but the Saturday evening priesthood session will be transmitted via satellite to numerous cable television systems in the U.S.
Church units in areas where the satellite and other transmissions are not available will receive videotapes of conference sessions. European languages are translated and made available through the Denmark distribution center. Oriental languages are translated in the distribution centers in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul. Spanish and Portuguese language tapes will be distributed throughout Latin America.
Non-English-speaking leaders and members from various parts of the world, seated in the Tabernacle, Church Office Building, North Visitors Center, and local meetinghouses, will be able to listen to conference proceedings in their native language through interpreters stationed in the Tabernacle. The listeners are provided special headsets.
Conference proceedings will also be conveyed via sign language to a gathering of the hearing-impaired in the Church Office Building Auditorium. All TV telecasts of general conference will be close-captioned for the hearing-impaired.
The 325-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir, under the direction of Jerold D. Ottley and Don Ripplinger, with Robert Cundick and John Longhurst at the organ, will sing during the Sunday sessions. The Mormon Youth Chorus will provide the music for the Saturday morning session, while the afternoon session will feature the Polynesian Choir, directed by Kuinise V. Matagi.
For the priesthood session Saturday evening, the Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus combined men's chorus will sing under the direction of Robert C. Bowden.
In addition to general conference open house events announced in the Sept. 16 issue of Church News, the following additions have been made:
The Museum of Church History and Art, located at 45 N. West Temple in Salt Lake City, will hold an open house for intermountain region leaders Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and for general conference visitors, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Aaronic Priesthood open house hours have been extended to Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; at 76 N. Main, Salt Lake City.