At the General Conference session of May 1868 some promising ventures were launched. One was the annual Adventist camp meeting. Convocations whereby believers, leaving their farms and occupations, could come together to worship for a few days living in tents had been a success off and on in various states for some years. Now, as it was discussed at the General Conference session, a resolution calling for "a general camp meeting annually" was passed, and the General Conference Committee was authorized to execute the plan (RH, May 26, 1868). Such meetings would give impetus to the messages and help solidify the work.