Coverage of the October 2015 General Priesthood Session

Contributed By Ryan Morgenegg, Church News staff writer

  • 3 October 2015

Timothy Whitehead and his grandfather Juan Flores walk to the priesthood 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 Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Members holding the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods attended the 185th Semiannual General Conference’s priesthood session Saturday evening, October 3, 2015.

President Thomas S. Monson presided at the event and spoke about the importance of obedience to God’s commandments.

“He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just what we need and when we need it to obtain the greatest happiness possible,” President Monson said. “But while He gives us laws and commandments, He also allows us to choose whether to accept them or reject them. Our decisions in this regard will determine our destiny.”

Other speakers included President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency; President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy.

Elder Larry S. Kacher and Brother Stephen W. Owen offered prayers.

Topics of the evening’s sermons included faith in Jesus Christ, being willing to take the necessary steps to return to Heavenly Father, loyalty to God, and the power that accompanies faithful priesthood service.

A father and son priesthood choir from Orem, Utah, under the direction of Cory Mendenhall and accompanied by organists Andrew Unsworth and Clay Christiansen, provided music for the session. Among the hymns performed by the choir were “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise,” “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee,” and “We'll Bring the World His Truth.” The congregation joined in for the hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.”

Elder Neil L. Andersen: “Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice”
Elder Randall K. Bennett: “Your Next Step”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe”
President Henry B. Eyring: “You Are Not Alone in the Work”
President Thomas S. Monson: “Keep the Commandments”
 

Several men wait for the priesthood 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 Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Thousands of men attend the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Thousands of men attend the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

A men's choir, comprised of fathers and sons from the Orem, Utah, area sings at the priesthood 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.

President Thomas S. Monson enters the priesthood 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 Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson enters the priesthood 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 Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson is surrounded by his First Counselor, President Henry B. Eyring, left, and Second Counselor, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, as they await the start of the priesthood 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 Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducts the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Elder Neil L. Andersen speaks during the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, waves good-bye after the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, leaves the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, at right, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, center, and Elder Dale G. Renlund, newly called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wave to the crowd after the priesthood session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News.