Coverage of the April 2016 General Conference Saturday Morning Session

  • 2 April 2016

President Thomas S. Monson smiles at his daughter, Sister Ann Dibb, as they exit following the Saturday morning session as members of the Church gather in Salt Lake City for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

General conference allows a multitude of the Lord’s disciples to gather as one, said President Henry B. Eyring during the Saturday morning session of the Church’s 186th Annual General Conference on April 2.

“You have come to conference to feel inspiration from heaven and to feel closer to our Heavenly Father and to the Lord,” he said.

President Thomas S. Monson presided over the conference. President Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, was the first speaker of the session.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session, during which prayers were offered by Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, and Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, a General Authority Seventy.

Music for the session was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, under the direction of Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, with Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth as organists.

President Thomas S. Monson acknowledges someone in the crowd during the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring bumps his fist to his chest as he exits following the Saturday morning session April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Sister Harriet Reich Uchtdorf, exit following the Saturday morning session. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

During the session, President Eyring promised that general conference will offer “a precious opportunity” to have hearts softened. Seeds of faith will be received and offer nourishment, he said.

“The seed is the word of God, and it will be poured out on all of us who listen, watch, and read the proceedings of this conference. The music, the talks, and the testimonies have been prepared by servants of God who have sought diligently for the Holy Ghost to guide them in their preparation. They have prayed longer and more humbly as the days of the conference have approached.”

See Conference Summaries for a summary of each conference address, and read a news summary of each speaker’s address at the following links:

President Henry B. Eyring: "Where Two or Three Are Gathered"

Sister Mary R. Durham: "A Child's Guiding Gift"

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom: "I Am a Child of God"

Elder Gary E. Stevenson: "Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood?"

Elder Kevin R. Duncan: "The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness"

Elder Steven E. Snow: "Be Thou Humble"

Elder Dale G. Renlund: "That I Might Draw All Men unto Me"
 

Elder M. Russell Ballard and President Russell M. Nelson talk prior to the start of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Those on the stand join with the audience and sing a hymn during the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds line up for the morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference outside of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Oliver Mathews visits the reflection pool near Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

A woman watches the fountain near Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

A group of young men talk prior to the beginning of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A pair of women talk prior to the beginning of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson leads his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf—onto the stand prior to the beginning of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson leads his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf—onto the stand prior to the beginning of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson leads his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf—onto the stand prior to the beginning of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A woman takes notes during the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Church gather in Salt Lake City for the 186th Annual General Conference in the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A couple has their photo taken at the Conference Center April 2. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A group of missionaries has their photo taken at the 186th Annual General Conference in the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson sits with his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf—on the stand prior to the beginning of the 186th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring speaks to members of the Church for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Members of the Church gather in Salt Lake City for the 186th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund speaks at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he and his daughter, Sister Ann Dibb, exit following the Saturday morning session. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A man takes a photo as the leadership exit following the Saturday morning session. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Church exit following the Saturday morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City at the Conference Center Saturday, April 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland blows a kiss as he and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, exit following the Saturday morning session. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

People wait to leave the morning session of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People leave the morning session. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

A group hugs between sessions of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Young women hug on the roof while waiting to leave the morning session. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Erin Forrest sings hymns between sessions of the 186th Annual General Conference. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.