SALT LAKE CITY — The expanding international footprint of the Mormon church will be on display this weekend during a biannual conference that brings 100,000 church members to Salt Lake City to listen to words of guidance and inspiration from the faith’s leaders.

Thousands of the attendees will come from countries outside the United States – most stopping on their way into the 21,000-seat conference center to grab headphones so they can listen to speeches translated into 94 different languages.

It is widely anticipated that one or more speakers will deliver an address in a language other than English, marking a first in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ biannual general conference. Church leaders recently announced they would make that option available to speakers.

A non-English speech would be an important representation of the internationalization of a church that was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith in upstate New York, scholars say.

“It’s a hugely important symbol, because it reveals that the religion is becoming less and less a small, interesting American sect, and more and more a diverse, global religion,” said Matthew Bowman, a Mormon scholar and history professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

The number of church members outside the United States first surpassed the number within the country in 1997, and today more than half of the faith’s 15 million members reside in non-U.S. countries, said Matt Martinich, a Mormon who analyzes membership numbers with the nonprofit Cumorah Foundation.

The faith has established footing in several Latin American countries that are rooted in Catholicism, including Brazil and Mexico, which both count more than 1 million church members.