This article was originally published in April 2019 and has been updated to reflect new content
Editor’s Note: There’s one huuuuuuge change that we didn’t include here and the First Presidency announced on April 4 – reversing a policy that prohibited children of same-sex couples from being baptized and revising the definition of “apostasy.” Read more here.
It seems that not too many years ago, we looked forward to General Conference with a handful of glib “predictions,” you know, stuff along the lines of, “President Monson will use passive voice extensively,” or “one talk per session will discuss pornography,” or even “Elder Nelson will say something he thinks is funny and awkwardly wait for the congregation to play along and laugh.”
Ah, but in those days of yesteryear we were so young and naive. Little did we know that now-President Nelson would whip us up each General Conference to the point of irreverent cheering at temple announcements (which he thankfully put an end to in April) while trying to manage our expectations for massive information dumps that will change the very fabric of Latter-day Saintness by shortening the in-church Sunday block and finally acknowledging that the high priests group was mostly pointless.
Because we’ve spent the past year being conditioned for some huge, “one more thing”-esque announcement, we’ve decided to compile a list of ongoing rumors circulating around this General Conference. April was a much more by-the-numbers affair, but President Nelson recently teased that where will be “announcements” beyond temples this coming conference. Admittedly, the chatter this year seems less focused on actual rumors that you swear someone close to Church HQ knows and more along the lines of “stuff that I wish the Church would do, so let’s elevate it to rumor status.” But with that said, two-hour church was a legitimate rumor, and it came to pass. The changing nature of missions was rumored for Conference, and while it didn’t happen there, it was announced a month later.
It’s wise to take all of this with a grain of salt, especially because more serious changes would involve someone at the level of Presidency of the Seventy or higher potentially leaking information, or at least implying something in some sort of stake meeting that members might have run with on their own. So we’re warning you up front that all of this has the potential to be malarkey.
Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to have a General Conference that is just “normal“? You know, like we show up, listen to beautiful music, and hear some wise and inspired counsel about how to be better Christians, act more loving toward our fellow sons and daughters of God, and refine the vessel that is our mortal state?
View the pages below to work through the rumors. We’ll update the document as we receive your comments!