Coverage of October 2018 General Conference Sunday Morning Session

  • 7 October 2018

President Russell M. Nelson reemphasizes the “course correction” of referring to the Church by its divinely given name during the Sunday morning session of October 2018 general conference.

Talk Summaries

Highlighting the half-dozen addresses of the Sunday morning session of October 2018 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson reemphasized the “course correction” of referring to the Church by its divinely given name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Thus, the name of the Church is not negotiable. When the Savior clearly states what the name of His Church should be, and even precedes His declaration with, ‘Thus shall my church be called,’ He is serious. And if we allow nicknames to be used and adopt or even sponsor those nicknames ourselves, He is offended.” (See related story.)

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke of the “glorious vision” of the afterlife eventually recorded as Doctrine and Covenants section 138. The vision was received a century ago by President Joseph F. Smith, President Ballard’s great-grandfather.

President Ballard invited all to again read the recorded vision. “As you do so, may the Lord bless you to more fully understand and appreciate God’s love and His plan of salvation and happiness for His children.”

Also speaking in the Sunday morning session were Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on the ministry of reconciliation; Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on dealing with life’s struggles and pains; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, the Young Women General President, on becoming a shepherd through ministering; and Elder Shayne M. Bowen, a General Authority Seventy, on strengthening one’s testimony through the Book of Mormon.

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session.

The invocation was offered by Elder Allan F. Packer, a General Authority given emeritus status the day before; Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a General Authority Seventy, gave the benediction.

Music was provided by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, with Mack Wilberg as director and Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth as organists.

President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees look over Church prophet busts at the Conference Center during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson waves to attendees with his wife, Wendy, during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees walk though the Conference Center during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees wave as General Authorities leave after the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, looks out to attendees during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees look over the waterfall at the Conference Center during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf talks with Elder David A. Bednar, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, prior to the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees stand in line for the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees listen during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson greets some members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees stand in line for the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Attendees stand in line for the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, right, sing a congregational hymn during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

General Authorities stand at the conclusion of the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, General Young Women President, speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

A conference attendee looks over portraits of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Organists Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth play during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Conference attendees listen during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

A conference attendee stands below artwork during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

A conference attendee looks over busts of Church prophets during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Elder Cory Jarrett hands out interpreting equipment during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 7, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Conference-goers arrive for the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside of the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Tyler Bond takes a selfie with family members before the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside of the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings before the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson and President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, wait for the start of the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Cruz Plewe and Thayer Plewe play by a fountain before the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

A girl waits for the start of the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings before the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducts the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.