Coverage of the April 2017 General Conference Priesthood Session

  • 1 April 2017

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

All three members of the First Presidency—President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf—addressed the priesthood session of general conference Saturday evening, April 1.

“Brethren, we do not honor the priesthood of God if we are not kind to others,” President Monson said. “Brethren, let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable,” he said at the end of his remarks.

Also speaking were Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé.

The invocation for the session was given by Elder Vern P. Stanfill and the benediction by Elder Carlos A. Godoy. Both are General Authority Seventies.

Music for the session was provided by a priesthood choir from young single adult stakes in Holladay and Murray, Utah. Brett Taylor directed the singing with Andrew Unsworth at the organ.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, and his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right—sit at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers rise and sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers rise and sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers listen during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, flashes a thumbs up as he leaves at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, leave at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson flashes a thumbs up as he enters at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, and his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, center left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, center right—enter at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, and his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, second from right, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, third from right—enter at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, and his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right—sit at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, left, greets conference-goers as President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, second from right, and President Thomas S. Monson, right, listen at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

A choir sings during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, second from right, is helped up to speak by his counselors—President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, second from left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, left—at the start of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers rise and sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers rise and sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers rise and sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers rise and sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers listen during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers listen during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers listen during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

The choir sings during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve waves as he leaves at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve waves as he leaves at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve waves as he leaves at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband waves as he leaves at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve wave as they leave at the end of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.