The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Saturday morning, April 4, 2020, that a portion of the Sunday morning session of general conference will become a worldwide solemn assembly when he leads the Saints in the Hosanna Shout.

“We pray that this conference will be memorable and unforgettable because of the messages you will hear, the unique announcements which will be made, and the experiences in which you will be invited to participate,” President Nelson said from the podium of the Church Office Building auditorium. “For example, at the conclusion of the Sunday morning session, we will convene a worldwide solemn assembly when I will lead you in the sacred Hosanna Shout. We pray that this will be a spiritual highlight for you as we express in global unison our profound gratitude to God the Father and His Beloved Son by praising Them in this unique way.”

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Honoring Deity in this way is an especially important and holy symbol as the Church celebrates in this general conference (and throughout the year) the bicentennial of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of the Father and the Son. It was in that vision that the Father, pointing to Jesus Christ, told the teenage Joseph, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

“The purpose of this and every general conference is to help us to hear Him,” President Nelson said. “We have prayed, and invite you to pray, that the Spirit of the Lord will be with us in such rich abundance that you can hear the messages that the Savior has especially for you…”

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.