Yesterday the Church announced that for the first time members of the Church could view the priesthood session of General Conference via the internet and television within their own homes. Prior to the announcement all priesthood sessions of General Conference were televised only to LDS meetinghouses. The Church indicates that the decision to permit members to view priesthood session proceedings away from church buildings is part of an ongoing effort to make conference proceedings more accessible to membership around the world. Click here to access the article on this news development.
This development will likely have little, if any, influence of LDS growth trends around the world. The Church publishes talks for all General Conference sessions on its internet site in video, audio, and written forms in scores of languages within just a week after conference concludes. The translation of General Conference into additional languages has potential to accelerate growth if missionaries and church leaders ensure that these conference resources are utilized among populations who speak these languages. At last count, the Church translated General Conference into 93 languages.