The Latest on a conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

A leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging members to root their families in the teachings of Christ to prepare their children for a world with “rampant immorality and addictive pornography.”

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy, wave as they leave the morning session of a twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy, wave as they leave the morning session of a twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The comments were made by Ulisses Soares during the opening session of a twice-annual church conference in Salt Lake City. Soares is a member of a top governing panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The Brazilian-born Soares is one of the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve. He was selected for the important panel a year ago.

Church members are bracing for more changes during the weekend conference because President Russell M. Nelson is expected to speak during the conference.

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

He leads the faith that counts 16 million members worldwide.

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12:05 a.m.

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, President Russell M. Nelson looks on following a news conference, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, President Russell M. Nelson looks on following a news conference, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are preparing for more changes as they gather in Utah for a twice-yearly conference to hear from the faith’s top leaders.

Church President Russell M. Nelson has implemented a host of changes in his first year at the helm, including the surprising repeal Thursday of policies that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and labeled people in same-sex marriages as sinners eligible for expulsion.

The two-day conference begins Saturday in Salt Lake City. It brings nearly 100,000 people to watch five sessions in person and millions more watch live broadcasts and livestreams.

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The 94-year-old Nelson ascended to the presidency in January 2018 after nearly three decades in a governing body that helps the president lead the faith.

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