The biannual Mormon conference is set to kick off in Salt Lake City Saturday morning.

More than 100,000 people will file in and out of the church's conference center over five sessions Saturday and Sunday. They come to receive spiritual guidance and hear about church news.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds two conferences each year: one in the spring and one in the fall.

This conference comes just two days after four of the faith's highest-ranking leaders met with President Obama during his visit to Utah.

Absent from that meeting was Church President Thomas S. Monson. Church officials said the 87-year-old needed to preserve his strength for the conference. Monson is expected to give the welcoming address as always at the first session Saturday morning.