This time around, LDS officials asked Ordain Women to avoid Temple Square and suggested that the group instead gather in nearby so-called "free-speech zones," typically populated by anti-Mormon demonstrators.
They also said news cameras would not be allowed on the square, adding that the ban was "consistent with long-standing policy."
The letter from the Utah Headliners chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, signed by the organization's vice president, Salt Lake Tribune Managing Editor Lisa Carricaburu, asked the church to reconsider that stance.
"General Conference is an important event in Utah, and for Mormons throughout the world," SPJ's letter stated. "The journalists of this state want to tell the many stories arising from General Conference and to do so accurately, with balance and in the other best practices of journalism. Video and still photography are vital tools to accomplish those goals."
The journalists said they wanted "only what the church has routinely allowed in the past: cameras free to enter Temple Square and tell the story of General Conference."
The letter was addressed to Michael R. Otterson, managing director of public affairs for the church, who responded Friday by reiterating the ban on cameras.
"Avoiding distraction from a sacred church gathering is also the operating principle in relation to Temple Square," Otterson wrote. "Last year, the staged protest was extremely disruptive to that atmosphere. While we made an exception to policy and accommodated media cameras last October, protesters exploited that decision to hold a media event."
Further, Otterson wrote, "posturing for news cameras in the shadow of the Salt Lake Temple is not what General Conference is about, and leaders and members were rightly offended by it."
Carricaburu said Friday that journalists "appreciate the church's willingness to consider our request but are disappointed cameras will not be allowed on Temple Square during General Conference."
"We hope to continue to work with church officials," she added in a statement, "for less-restrictive access for journalists that will enable us to tell accurately and fairly the many stories arising from this semiannual meeting of interest to many Utahns."
For its part, Ordain Women, which is seeking female ordination to the all-male LDS priesthood, does not see its ticket request as a protest.
Even so, Otterson said LDS public affairs officials "have politely and respectfully" asked the group and its allies to reconsider their plans.
"We hope they do so," he wrote.
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