“Area Conferences Announced for U.S., Canada,” Ensign, Oct. 1978, 58
President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve has announced six 1979 area conferences for the United States and Canada.
The weekend conferences will be held in Houston, Texas, April 14–15; Chicago, Illinois, August 4–5; Washington, D.C., September 8–9; and Atlanta, Georgia, September 22–23. A fifth area conference, in Los Angeles, California, has been tentatively scheduled for June. The conference in Canada will be held in Toronto, Ontario, August 18–19.
Scheduled to be in attendance at the six conferences are two members of the Council of the Twelve and three members of the Quorum of the Seventy, with other General Authorities and general Church auxiliary leaders as invited.
Chairman of conference arrangements in each area will be a local Regional Representative of the Council of the Twelve.
Conducted under the direction of the Council of the Twelve, the conferences generally will include sessions beginning late Saturday afternoon or early evening, with two major sessions on Sunday.
Area conferences have been held in many other parts of the world since 1971, but the first area conferences for North American Saints were outlined by President Spencer W. Kimball at the May 1978 Regional Representatives Seminar. The first such conference was held this past June in Honolulu, Hawaii.