Coverage of the October 2016 General Conference Sunday Afternoon Session

Contributed By Jason Swenson, Church News staff writer

  • 2 October 2016

Members leave the Conference Center after attending the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016.  Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

The concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference included messages from three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, and Elder Dale G. Renlund. Their counsel focused on essential gospel principles such as exercising faith, service, remembering spiritual truths, and repentance.

Elder Rasband challenged members to never forget or ignore their spiritual experiences: “The Lord's desire is to enlighten and engage us in His work.”

In his talk, Elder Renlund called repentance—made possible through Christ's Atonement—the “good news of the gospel.”

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve take their seats at the start of the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 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 prior to the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Such basic yet sublime themes defined general conference as members of all backgrounds worldwide gathered to listen to the voices of prophets, apostles, and other inspired leaders.

President Thomas S. Monson, who spoke at the October 1 priesthood session and at the Sunday morning session, presided at the Sunday afternoon session. His First Counselor in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring, conducted the meeting.

Additional talks were given by Elder Carl B. Cook, Elder Evan A. Schmutz, and Elder K. Brett Nattress, General Authority Seventies, along with Brother Brian K. Ashton, Second Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency.

Music was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Prayers were offered by Elder Enrique R. Falabella and Elder Erich W. Kopischke, General Authority Seventies.

Elder David A. Bednar: “If Ye Had Known Me”

Brother Brian K. Ashton: “The Doctrine of Christ”

Elder Carl B. Cook: “Serve”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband: “Lest Thou Forget”

Elder Evan A. Schmutz: “God Shall Wipe Away All Tears”

Elder K. Brett Nattress: “No Greater Joy Than to Know That They Know”

Elder Dale G. Renlund: “Repentance: A Joyful Choice”

The Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, walk to their seats prior to the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members hurry to enter the Conference Center to get out of the rain before the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members walk across Conference Center lobby on their way to the auditorium to attend the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference goers view the statues of the past Church Presidents during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on October 2, 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 prior to the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, center, and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, listen during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson shakes hands with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, walk to their seats prior to the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder David A. Bednar speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder David A. Bednar speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A young man holds the Book of Mormon during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference goers exit after the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Conference goers exit after the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference goers exit after the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson acknowledges someone in the congregation as he makes his exit following the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson and his daughter, Ann Dibb, make their exit following the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson, walking with his daughter, Ann Dibb, pauses to wave to members of the congregation as he makes his exit following the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Church members leave the Conference Center after attending the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Thiago Emanuel Martinez plays at the reflecting pool as Church members gather for the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Annelise Gavarret, 2, reaches out to dip her hand into the reflecting pool prior to the Sunday afternoon session of general conference on October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Women try to stay dry as members gather for the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Members gather for the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Members walk from Temple Square to the Conference Center to attend the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Members stand in the rain before being admitted to the Conference Center for the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Members walk in the rain as they make their way into the Conference Center for the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

A young member sits in the Conference Center during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

The Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints leave the Conference Center after attending the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints leave the Conference Center after attending the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints leave the Conference Center after attending the concluding session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.


President Thomas S. Monson shakes hands with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, walk to their seats prior to the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.