Coverage of the October 2015 General Conference Saturday Afternoon Session

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News associate editor

  • 3 October 2015

From left, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Ronald A. Rasband take their seats as new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints across the globe sustained Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund as new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday afternoon.

The sustaining of the new Church leaders—as well as the other General Authorities and officers of the Church—marked the opening moments of the session, the third general session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church.

President Thomas S. Monson presided at the session. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the sustainings. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Elder Terence M. Vinson and Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita offered prayers. Music was provided by a Primary choir from stakes in Riverton, Utah.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles offered the closing remarks of the session, saying the Atonement of Jesus Christ offsets the two certainties of mortal life—death and the burden of sin. “But apart from death and sin, we have many other challenges as we struggle through mortality,“ he said. ”Because of that same Atonement, our Savior can provide us the strength we need to overcome these mortal challenges.”

Elder Robert D. Hales: “Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “Behold Thy Mother”

Elder Bradley D. Foster: “It’s Never Too Early and It’s Never Too Late”

Elder Hugo Montoya: “Tested and Tempted—but Helped”

Elder Vern P. Stanfill: “Choose the Light”

Elder James B. Martino: “Turn to Him and Answers Will Come”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ”

Conference goers raise their hands in a sustaining vote as President Henry B. Eyring announces three new Apostles and presents the leadership of the Church at the beginning of the afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring announces three new Apostles at the beginning of the afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring announces three new Apostles at the beginning of the afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Leaders of the Church show their sustaining vote for new and existing General Authorities at the beginning of the afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the youth choir join leaders of the Church in showing their sustaining votes for new and existing General Authorities at the beginning of the afternoon session of general conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference goers raise their hands in a sustaining vote as President Henry B. Eyring announces three new Apostles and presents the leadership of the Church at the beginning of the afternoon session of general conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Ronald A. Rasband were named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church at the beginning of the afternoon session of general conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the children's choir fidget in their seats during the afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The afternoon session of the October 2015 general conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Aaron Alvarado attends the Saturday afternoon session of the conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference outside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Laura Coldwell admits people to the Conference Center for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Primary children from stakes in Riverton, Utah, fill the Conference Center's choir loft as they sing during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Karen Chesley helps people go through the security checkpoint for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People wait in line outside the Conference Center for the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund, newly named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church are greeted by President Russell M. Nelson after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund are welcomed with hugs from President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Dallin H. Oaks after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Melanie Twitchell Rasband, wave after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund, newly named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, are greeted by President Thomas S. Monson after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson leaves with his daughter, Sister Ann Dibb, after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Patricia, after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Melanie Twitchell Rasband, follow Elder Neil L. Andersen after the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, and Neil L. Andersen (left to right) during the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

The Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Bradley D. Foster speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Hugo Montoya speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Vern P. Stanfill speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducts the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder James B. Martino speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo by Alan Gibby, Deseret News.