Coverage of the October 2016 General Conference Sunday Morning Session

  • 2 October 2016

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

“My beloved brothers and sisters, both here in the Conference Center and throughout the world, how grateful am I for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you this morning,” President Thomas S. Monson said as he opened the Sunday morning session of general conference on October 2.

“We are blessed to have the truth,” President Monson said. “We have a mandate to share the truth. Let us live the truth, that we might merit all that the Father has for us. He does nothing save it be for our benefit.”

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Rain clouds move across the valley prior to the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A couple waits in line to enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Monson presided over and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted this session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference of the Church.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke on gratitude for and during the Sabbath day. “We feel grateful for many things: a kindness from a stranger, a meal when we are hungry, a dry roof over our heads when storms arise, a broken bone that heals, and the hearty cry of a newborn baby. Many of us will remember feeling gratitude at such moments. For Latter-day Saints, the Sabbath is such a moment, actually a day, of gratitude and love.”

President Russell M. Nelson and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder Peter F. Meurs, General Authority Seventy; Bishop Dean M. Davies, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; and Sister Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, also spoke during the session.

Music for the session was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by Mack Wilberg, with Clay Christiansen and Richard Elliot at the organ. Elder Christoffel Golden, General Authority Seventy, and Brother Devin G. Durrant, First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, offered the invocation and benediction, respectively.

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

President Monson: “The Perfect Path to Happiness”

President Russell M. Nelson: “Joy and Spiritual Survival”

Elder Peter F. Meurs: “The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy”

Sister Linda S. Reeves: “The Great Plan of Redemption”

Elder M. Russell Ballard: “To Whom Shall We Go?”

Bishop Dean M. Davies: “The Blessings of Worship”

Elder Lynn G. Robbins: “The Righteous Judge”

President Henry B. Eyring: “Gratitude on the Sabbath Day”

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A group of conference goers poses for a photo prior to the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference of the Church in Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

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

Rain clouds move across the valley prior to the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Conference goers sit on the steps waiting to enter the Conference Center prior to the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

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

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A couple takes a selfie before entering the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference of the Church October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Two women talk prior to the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Crowds arrive early for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson leads his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, to their seats at the beginning of the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducts the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference held in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, October 2, 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, at left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, at the beginning of the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

President Thomas S. Monson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

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

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



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



On the front row, President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, join those in the Conference Center in singing “I Am a Child of God” during the 186th Semiannual General Conference in the Conference Center on Sunday morning, October 2, 2016. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Richard Matanda, left, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reunites with a friend from his mission, Samuel Tsibu from Ghana, as LDS members gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

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

A little girl plays outside the Conference Center as Latter-day Saints gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Godgift Opah from Nigeria waits to enter the Conference Center as Church members gather from throughout the world for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

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

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

Eloise Kaibetoney from the Navajo reservation in Arizona pushes Nora Kaiabetoney as Latter-day Saints gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.



Bibiche Ehounou from the Democratic Republic of Congo smiles as Church members gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Cole Evans and Caitlin Merrill talk as they walk to the Conference Center as Latter-day Saints gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Jacob Aquah, left, and Ansah Akwasi, right, from Ghana, chat with a friend as LDS members gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Latter-day Saints gather for the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

A little girl reacts as she sees the Conference Center as LDS members gather for the Sunday morning 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 speaks in the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Jean Larsen points out city sites to her daughter, Hope during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings the closing hymn of the Sunday morning 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, center, gives a thumbs-up to the crowd at the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, waves to the crowd with his wife, Harriet, after the Sunday morning 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, center, gives a thumbs-up to the crowd at the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles waves to the crowd as he walks with his wife, Patricia, after the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles waves to the crowd as he walks with his wife, Ruth, after the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gestures to the crowd after the Sunday morning session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Sunday, October 2, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, Deseret News.