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See priesthood session in PJs? Not so fast, Mormon brethren

Published September 26, 2013 8:14 am

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Just because next week's general priesthood session will be broadcast live, doesn't mean Mormon leaders want fathers and sons to watch the meeting in their PJs at home while munching on popcorn.

No, they would rather have them go in white shirts and ties to their local LDS meetinghouses to view the proceedings by satellite — just like they have done for decades.

"Priesthood holders [most Mormon men and boys over age 12] are encouraged to attend the general priesthood meeting in their local chapel," says a letter to be read to all local LDS priesthood quorum meetings Sunday. "The Saturday evening broadcast at meetinghouses represents an important tradition and is an especially uplifting experience for young men."

Part of that tradition often includes stops afterward at neighborhood grills, burger joints or ice-cream parlors.

Many Mormon wives and mothers, no doubt, hope the men will leave, too. They have Saturday-night-of-conference customs of their own.

LDS officials announced Tuesday that the priesthood session "will be shown live for the first time through expanded channels, including LDS.org, the Mormon Channel and BYUtv."

Peggy Fletcher Stack