Coverage of the October 2015 General Conference Saturday Morning Session

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News associate editor

  • 3 October 2015

People walk through the Church plaza before the morning session of general conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Church members gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City and across the globe to participate in the Saturday morning session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference on October 3.

“We welcome you to the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency. “As we open this session of conference, we note the passing of President Boyd K. Packer, Elder L. Tom Perry, and, most recently, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We miss them. Each of these brethren gave his all in the service of the Lord and is undoubtedly engaged in this work on the other side of the veil. We express our love and heartfelt condolences to the Packer, Perry, and Scott families. You are in our prayers.”

President Eyring conducted the session, during which President Thomas S. Monson presided. Prayers were offered by Sister Mary R. Durham of the Primary general presidency and Elder Adrian Ochoa of the Seventy. Music was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

During his remarks, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, asked Latter-day Saints across the globe to “focus on ‘the simplicity that is in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 11:3) and allow His grace to lift and carry us during our journey from where we are now to our glorious destiny in our Father’s presence. As we do so, and someone will ask us, ‘How is being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints working for you?’ We will be able to say with pride and with great joy, ‘It works wonderfully! Thank you for asking! Would you like to know more?’”

During his address, President Uchtdorf confirmed Church members will sustain three new Apostles during general conference.

“During this conference weekend, we will be privileged to sustain three who have been called by the Lord to take their place among the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” President Uchtdorf said.

The new members of the Twelve will be the 98th, 99th, and 100th Apostles of the Restoration, and their appointment to the apostleship will mark the first time since 1906 that three Apostles have been called at one time.

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

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “It Works”

Elder M. Russell Ballard: “God Is at the Helm”

Elder Richard J. Maynes: “The Joy of Living a Christ-Centered Life”

Sister Neill F. Marriott: “Yielding Our Hearts to God”

Elder Larry R. Lawrence: “The Course of Steady Improvement”

Elder Francisco J. Viñas: “The Pleasing Word of God”

Elder Quentin L. Cook: “Be Temple Worthy—In Good Times and Bad Times”
 

Alan Chang, Leslie Chang, and Dylan Chang play outside of the Conference Center before the morning session of general conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive at the Conference Center for the Saturday morning session of general conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other General Authorities prepare for the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the 185th Semiannual 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 take photos prior to the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the 185th Semiannual 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 First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk off the stand after the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Harriet, exit the stand after the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Audience members stand for a rest hymn during the 185th Semiannual 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 look at portraits of past members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The 185th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A man hurries across the Conference Center's plaza before the opening session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Two women arrive for general conference outside of the Conference Center on October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for general conference outside of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive for the morning session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center on October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Angie Waters and Elizabeth Adams sit outside of the Conference Center before the morning session of general conference on October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Cheryl Bailey gets a hug from her step-son, Jared Bailey, as she arrives at for Saturday morning's session of general conference on October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive at the Conference Center for the Saturday morning session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive at the Conference Center for the Saturday morning session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

People arrive at the Conference Center for the Saturday morning session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference, October 3, 2015. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Elders Elder Quentin L. Cook and Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles move to give each other a hug prior to the 185th Semiannual General Conference Saturday, October 3, 2015.