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Sharing conference online

Published: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

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Weeks after the October 2013 general conference, people around the world are still watching and listening to the words of the prophet, apostles and other Church leaders. Now, more than ever, the messages of conference are available to all — and easy to share with others — in many media formats.

As of Oct. 23, videos of the sessions of general conference available online had been viewed more than 1.6 million times, with more than 21 million video downloads. During that same short period, audio files had been downloaded 9 million times.

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve commented in the opening session: "No longer do we have to wait months for the talks to arrive by mail. On a computer, phone or other electronic device, we can read, listen to, watch and share the teachings of the prophets" (183rd Semiannual General Conference, "Strengthening Faith and Testimony").

TV, satellite and internet

During general conference weekend, Oct. 5-6, millions of people from 216 countries used the Internet, satellite and TV to watch, listen to and read general conference in 95 languages. That translation and interpretation miracle made it possible for 97 percent of the Church's 15 million members to watch conference and hear talks in their native language.

For the first time, the Church made the live feed of the priesthood session available on channels besides the Church's satellite system, which made it more accessible and convenient for people to watch.

Immediately after each session, people could view and download video of the session from conference.lds.org.

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A meme — a graphic image with a quote — quotes President Thomas S. Monson from the General Relief Society Meeting.

Hundreds of thousands of people read conference-related stories and summaries of talks on websites such as ldschurchnews.com, mormonnewsroom.org, news.lds.org and deseretnews.com. The full texts of the talks were available in English on LDS.org less than three days after the last session concluded.

The LDS general conference audio podcast was number 2 in the top iTunes podcasts in the Religion and Spirituality category.

Social media

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve has encouraged members of the Church to share the gospel through the Internet and social media.

"Let's make sharing our faith online more a part of our daily life," he said. "LDS.org, Mormon.org, Facebook, Twitter — all provide opportunities" (April 2013 general conference, "It's a Miracle").

Members typically flock to social media during general conference to share their testimonies, favorite talks, announcements and quotes. This October, the Church facilitated the sharing of those messages by posting quotes, memes (graphic images with quotes from conference) and video highlights in real time during the conference sessions on the Church's Facebook page, Twitter, and Google+ accounts.

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A meme uses a quote from President Henry B. Eyring's general conference address given on Oct. 6.

Latter-day Saints sent 131,000 invitations to their friends on Facebook to attend the Facebook conference event.

Many people changed their Facebook and Google+ cover images and profile pictures to reflect an image from conference, and they created and shared hundreds of conference memes.

A less-active member commented that she had found comfort listening to Saturday afternoon's conference address by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve after a friend had posted the link on her Facebook page. "Brother Holland's talk really spoke to me today," she said.

There were more than 155,000 tweets shared with the hashtag #LDSconf — up from 128,000 tweets at April conference. The hashtag (a hashtag is a way of searching topics on the Internet) #LDSconf trended on Twitter worldwide, meaning it was one of the top 10 most popular terms on the Internet at various points during the weekend.

It also trended similarly on Google+ and other social networks. During the previous weekend's General Relief Society Meeting, the hashtag #ReliefSociety also became one of the top 10 trending terms on Twitter in the United States.

A highlight video, quote and meme for each address given by President Thomas S. Monson and members of the Quorum of the Twelve during conference is available on lds.org under "conference highlights" and is easy to share on many social media platforms. The short videos are downloadable for use in lessons and other teaching opportunities.

To find the information online, visit: www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/apostles-speak-at-october-2013-general-conference.