Coverage of the October 2016 General Conference Saturday Morning Session

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 1 October 2016

President Thomas S. Monson smiles after the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016.  Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Members of the Church gathered on October 1 in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City—as well as in chapels and homes throughout the world—to listen to counsel and inspiring words of Church leaders during the 186th Semiannual General Conference.

During the Saturday morning session, President Thomas S. Monson presided and President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the event.

President Thomas S. Monson makes his way to his seat at the start of the Saturday morning 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.

RoseMarie Boel waits for friends as LDS members gather at the Saturday morning 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 at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

“We extend a warm welcome to members and friends participating in the conference throughout the world wherever you may be,” President Eyring said in his welcoming remarks.

Speakers during the morning session included President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Robert D. Hales and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder J. Devn Cornish and Elder Juan A. Uceda, General Authority Seventies; and Sister Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.

In his remarks, President Uchtdorf noted that Church members have been given much.

“What shall we give in return for the flood of light and truth God has poured out upon us?” he said. “Our beloved Father simply asks that we live by the truth we have received and that we follow the path He has provided. Therefore, let us take courage and trust in the guidance of the Spirit. Let us in word and deed share with our fellowmen the amazing and awe-inspiring message of God’s plan of happiness. May our motive be our love for God and for His children, for they are our brothers and sisters. This is the beginning of what we can do in return for so much.”

Elder Hales spoke of the peace that comes—even amid trials—through practicing Christian love and service.

“As the Savior’s latter-day disciples, we come unto Him by loving and serving God’s children,” he said. “As we do, we may not be able to avoid tribulation, affliction, and suffering in the flesh, but we will suffer less spiritually. Even in our trials we can experience joy and peace.”

Other speakers had messages of faith, hope, and the important reminder that all are children of a loving Heavenly Father.

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, offered the prayers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir provided music at the event.

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

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “O How Great the Plan of Our God!”

Elder Robert D. Hales: “‘Come, Follow Me’ by Practicing Christian Love and Service”

Sister Carol F. McConkie: “The Soul's Sincere Desire”

Elder Craig C. Christensen: “A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up”

Elder Juan A. Uceda: “The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Pray”

Elder J. Devn Cornish: “Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?”

Elder Neil L. Andersen: “A Witness of God”

President Thomas S. Monson sits with his counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, at the beginning of the Saturday morning 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 morning 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 morning 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.

A young girl stands in the aisle during the closing prayer during the Saturday morning 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.

Thousands make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Saturday morning 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.

Thousands make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the beginning of the Saturday morning 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 morning 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 morning 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.

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

Saturday morning 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.

Thousands make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Thousands make their way to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Saturday morning 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.

Members of the congregation exit following the Saturday morning 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.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir members perform during the Saturday morning 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.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir members perform during the Saturday morning 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.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir members perform during the Saturday morning 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.

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stand as President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, exit the stand after the Saturday morning 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 points to someone in the crowd as he exits the stand area after the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 1, 2016. His daughter, Ann M. Dibb, is at his right. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson waves to crowd members as he exits the stand after the Saturday morning 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 exits the stand with his daughter, Ann Dibb, after the Saturday morning 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 Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conlon Bonner looks on as LDS members gather at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

A woman is among Latter-day Saints gathering for the Saturday morning 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 morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Church-service missionary Sister Kathie Carlson from Vancouver, British Columbia, smiles as Latter-day Saints gather at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

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

Kelli Griffin meets friends as Latter-day Saints gather at the Conference Center for the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Andrea Gaertner from Brazil takes a Facebook live video as LDS members gather at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Sister Harriet Uchtdorf takes her seat on the stand at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Thousands attend the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

A woman takes notes during the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks at the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson waves to the audience after the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson waves to the audience after the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles blows a kiss to the audience after the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles points to the crowd as he walks with his wife, Melanie, after the Saturday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Saturday, October 1, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.