Coverage of the October 2016 General Conference Saturday Afternoon Session

Contributed By Rachel Sterzer, Church News staff writer

  • 1 October 2016

The Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

During the Saturday afternoon session of 186th Semiannual General Conference on October 1, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, presented the names of general Church leaders for the members' sustaining votes.

Four General Authority Seventies were released and granted emeritus status—Elders Daniel L. Johnson, Jairo Mazzagardi, Kent F. Richards, and Francisco J. Viñas.

President Thomas S. Monson walks toward his daughter, Sister Ann Dibb, following the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson walks toward his daughter, Sister Ann Dibb, following the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Two Area Seventies—Bhanu K. Hiranandani and Sandino Roman—were called, while Elder Alan R. Walker, an Area Seventy serving in the Mexico Area, was released.

President Eyring also noted the passing of Elder Per G. Malm who was serving as a General Authority Seventy at the time of his death. Elder Malm died in July following a battle with cancer. President Eyring expressed love and heartfelt condolences to Elder Malm’s wife and family.

Four members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the session, including Elders Quentin L. Cook, Gary E. Stevenson, D. Todd Christofferson, and Dallin H. Oaks. Elders Kazuhiko Yamashita, and W. Mark Bassett, General Authority Seventies, also offered remarks.

Among other things, Church members were encouraged to be valiant in their testimonies of Jesus Christ, to keep the commandments, and to share the message of the restored gospel.

President Thomas S. Monson presided over the session while President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted.

A choir comprised of missionaries serving in the Provo Missionary Training Center, directed by Ryan Eggett and Elmo Kick, provided music for the session, accompanied by organists Linda Margetts and Bonnie Goodliffe.

Additional summaries of the talks from this session can be found at the following links:

Elder Quentin L. Cook: “Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus”

Elder Gary E. Stevenson: “Look to the Book, Look to the Lord”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson: “Abide in My Love”

Elder W. Mark Bassett: “For Our Spiritual Development and Learning”

Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita: “Be Ambitious for Christ”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “Sharing the Restored Gospel”

The Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Those on the stand and choir seats raise their hands in a sustaining vote during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, sits with his counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor, at left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, at the beginning of the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, walk to their seats at the beginning of the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stands at his seat prior to the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A young man takes a selfie prior to the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, sits with his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, at the beginning of the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Missionaries from the MTC in Provo, Utah, sing during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Missionaries from the MTC in Provo, Utah, sing during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Choir members—missionaries from the MTC in Provo, Utah—raise their hands in a sustaining vote during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Missionaries pose for a photo prior to the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Audience members stand and sing with the choir during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson and his daughter, Sister Ann Dibb, exit the stand following the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Jamie Desius, 3, plays outside the Conference Center prior to the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints gather for the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Members walk to the Conference Center to attend the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Jewel Allen sings with a group outside Temple Square before the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Children play at the reflecting pool prior to the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

LDS members gather for the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

A young woman is among members gathering for the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints sustain current Church leaders at the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

The congregation sings a hymn during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.