Coverage of the April 2017 General Conference Saturday Afternoon Session

  • 1 April 2017

The new Relief Society General Presidency: Jean B. Bingham, second from right, President; Sharon Eubank, First Counselor, second from left; and Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor, right, take their seats on the stand in the Saturday afternoon session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the Saturday afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference, during which members across the globe were introduced to six new General Authorities and a new Relief Society General Presidency.


Church members sustained Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Sharon Eubank, and Sister Reyna I. Aburto as the new Relief Society General Presidency (see related story). Sister Linda K. Burton, Sister Carole M. Stephens, and Sister Linda S. Reeves were released after serving for five years as the Relief Society General Presidency.

In addition, Church members sustained six new General Authority Seventies: Elder Taylor G. Godoy, Elder Joni L. Koch, Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, Elder John C. Pingree Jr., Elder Brian K. Taylor, and Elder Taniela B. Wakolo (see related story).

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, presented the sustaining of all General Authorities and the Church’s General Auxiliary leaders. He also presented the sustaining of 36 Area Seventies.

Brother Kevin R. Jergensen delivered the Church Auditing Department report. The Church’s statistical report was given by Brother Brook P. Hales.

Prayers were offered by Elder Von G. Keetch and Elder Hugo Montoya, General Authority Seventies.

Music was provided by a family choir from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah. Sister Jessica Lee Gilbert directed the choir, with Sister Bonnie Goodliffe on the organ.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, take their seats without President Thomas S. Monson in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017.

A choir of families from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, sings during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, center, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, shake hands with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as they enter the Conference Center for the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017.

Members sustain the Church leadership in the Conference Center during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the choir from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, raise their hands to sustain Church leadership in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, right, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, enter the Conference Center for the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers listen to a choir of families from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A choir of families from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, sings during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A choir of families from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, sings during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A choir of families from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, sings during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Women and girls in the choir of families from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, sing during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of a choir from stakes in Tremonton, Garland, and Fielding, Utah, respond to gestures of acknowledgment from General Authorities leaving the podium after the closing of the Saturday afternoon session of general conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Church leaders participate in the sustaining vote in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks at the Conference Center's pulpit during the Saturday afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers stand and sing an intermediate hymn with the choir in the Conference Center during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the congregation raise their hands in a sustaining vote of Church leadership in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the congregation raise their hands in a sustaining vote of Church leadership in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Jared Adamson of Shelley, Idaho, rests on a lawn near the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Adamson let his girlfriend, Tanya Enlow, take their one ticket to the afternoon session while he waited outside. Adamson said he was taking a moment to meditate before proposing to Enlow later that afternoon. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Aiden Worth and Amberlee Crowther, a couple who came down from BYU–Idaho to attend the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference, sit outside Temple Square in Salt Lake City during the afternoon session of conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Carolyn and Flake Boone of Snowflake, Arizona, sit beside a fountain outside Temple Square after the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Conference-goers walk past men singing hymns outside of Temple Square at the end of the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

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

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

Sister missionaries Man Yee Lai of Hong Kong and Lauren Hickman of Georgia walk through the plaza outside Temple Square during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Courtney and Shannon Donald, sisters from Melbourne, Australia, sit in the plaza outside Temple Square during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The two plan to attend a conference session for the first time on Sunday.

Sean Knight, a flight attendant from Portland, Oregon, looks up at the Salt Lake Temple while walking around during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Christine Peterson and her daughter, Poppy, 1, in town from Las Vegas to attend the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference, walk around the plaza outside Temple Square during the afternoon conference session in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Men sing hymns during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference outside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Two women take a selfie during the afternoon 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 walk out of the Conference Center at the end of the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

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

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

People walk around outside Temple Square after the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

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

People walk around outside Temple Square after the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Austin Buist and Stacey Burnett of West Jordan sit and talk near Temple Square after attending the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Jared Adamson and Tanya Enlow embrace shortly after getting engaged near Temple Square after the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Julie Hutchinson and her son, Paden, 5, of Wellsville sit outside the Conference Center during the afternoon session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.