Coverage of the April 2017 General Conference Sunday Morning Session

  • 2 April 2017

President Thomas S. Monson announces five new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the LDS Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Church members gathered in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City and in meetinghouses around the world were delighted to hear President Thomas S. Monson speak during the Sunday morning session of the 187th Annual General Conference.

After announcing that five new temples will be built in Brasilia, Brazil; the greater Manila, Philippines, area; Nairobi, Kenya; Pocatello, Idaho; and Saratoga Springs, Utah, President Monson turned to other spiritual matters.

“This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives,” said President Monson. “The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated.”

These days are a time of great trouble and wickedness, he said. “I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so.”

President Thomas S. Monson gives a thumbs up to members of the Twelve Apostles as he walks to his seat in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson announces five new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Wendy, exit the Conference Center in Salt Lake City following the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, taught that Christ's love casts out all fear. “His love will enable us to recognize, trust, and have faith in our Heavenly Father’s goodness, His divine plan, His gospel, and His commandments. Loving God and our fellowmen will turn our obedience to God’s commandments into a blessing rather than a burden. Christ’s love will help us become a little kinder, more forgiving, more caring, and more dedicated to His work.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of the nature of the Godhead and the plan of salvation. “Because we have the truth about the Godhead and our relationship to Them, the purpose of life, and the nature of our eternal destiny, we have the ultimate road map and assurance for our journey through mortality,” he said.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “The Holy Ghost binds us to the Lord. By divine assignment, He inspires, testifies, teaches, and prompts us to walk in the light of the Lord. We have the sacred responsibility to learn to recognize His influence in our lives and respond.”

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President; Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy; and Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, General Authority Seventy, also spoke.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Sister Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, and Elder Richard J. Maynes, General Authority Seventy, offered the prayers.

Music was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Mack Wilberg with Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth at the organ.

The Tabernacle Choir sings in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers stand and sing with the choir in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers wait in lines to enter the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers make their way to their seats inside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City prior to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson shakes hands with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he walks to his seat in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City Sunday during the morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The First Presidency in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring conducts the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The First Presidency is seated in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson announces five new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson announces five new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, General Authority Seventy, speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Spencer Pope holds his daughter Kristen during a hymn in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference-goers stand and sing with the choir in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A woman takes notes inside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, waves as he exits the Conference Center in Salt Lake City following the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Harriet, wave as they leave the Conference Center in Salt Lake City following the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson and his daughter, Sister Ann M. Dibb, exit the Conference Center in Salt Lake City following the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles waves as he and his wife, Melanie, exit the Conference Center in Salt Lake City at the end of the Sunday morning session of the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on April 2, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.