Organization asks LDS Church to allow cameras on Temple Square during semiannual conference

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A file photo of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY –The Vice President of the Utah Headliners Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists sent a letter to officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requesting they allow journalists to bring cameras on to Temple Square during the LDS Church’s semi-annual General Conference.

The letter states: “The journalists of this state want to tell the many stories arising from General Conference and to do so accurately, with balance and in all the other best practices of journalism. Video and still photography are vital tools to accomplish those goals.”

In the letter, Vice President Lisa Carricaburu states they understand the LDS Church has ownership of Temple Square and said they do not challenge that, rather:  “The Headliners only seek what the church has routinely allowed in the past: cameras free to enter Temple Square and tell the story of General Conference.”

LDS Church Spokesman Cody Craynor provided the following statement to FOX 13 News when contacted about the letter: “The Church has received the letter and is reviewing it.”

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

8 comments

  • Ivan

    It sounds like this is just a standard letter sent every time general conference is in session. If not they are free to film or take pictures from the public roads or sidewalks which are close enough to get good pictures of what ever you want to with the right lens.

  • Kevin Foulget

    Why not let the journalists have Access to the pictures that are taken by the church as well as those members in attendance? With everyone there adding media won’t help add to the spirit and significance of General Conferance. There are plenty of talented photographers that would be willing to share their photos. Just a thought.

    • LDS: The Book of Moron...

      The more people dig, the more likely they will realize it is just one giant lie. Joseph Smith is just a looney that made a fiction book…

      • Trish Ramirez

        No, Joseph Smith was a very intelligent con man with a history of ripping people off to the best of his ability and who realized that the most lucrative (and most difficult to prosecute) con was one that had the guise of religion. He did a very, very good job of fleecing the gullible, but he was too into instant gratification and didn’t think of the bigger picture or the long-term. This is why he messed up so badly in Nauvoo and Brigham and the rest left him to die. I wouldn’t be surprised if they carried out the hit themselves. He had become a liability and an inhibitor of future growth and prosperity for the infant mormon corporation.

      • Wade

        Trish and Richard…spoken like two people who have no understanding of the Mormon religion. As Sarah points out, if Joseph was such a great con man, then why did he never have any money? I know not having facts can be frustrating when you’re trying to make a point about something you don’t like or understand, but give it a try anyway.

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