Coverage of the October 2017 General Conference General Priesthood Session

Contributed By Ryan Morgenegg, Church News staff writer

  • 30 September 2017

Three generations sing a hymn during the general priesthood session of the 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Men and women called by God to lead His Church require the great and steady faith of all those who serve with them, said President Henry B. Eyring during the priesthood session of the 187th Semiannual General Conference.

“Your leader in the Lord’s Church may seem to you weak and human or may appear to you strong and inspired,” he said. “The fact is that every leader is a mixture of those traits and more. What helps servants of the Lord, who are called to lead us, is when we can see them as the Lord did when He called them.”

Faith and humility, added President Eyring, are required to “serve in the place to which we are called” and to trust that the Lord called those who lead and preside—and to sustain them with full faith.

President Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, presided at the session on Saturday evening, September 30.

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in First Presidency, also spoke during the session. He said that when night has fallen and the world seems dark, Christ’s followers can choose to walk in the light and keep His commandments.

“If you open your mind and heart to receive the Light of Christ and humbly follow the Savior, you will receive more light,” he said. “Line upon line, here a little and there a little, you will gather more light and truth into your souls, until darkness has been banished from your life.”

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles compared the priesthood to a rocket and the opportunity to benefit from the Savior’s atoning power to the payload a rocket delivers. Severe consequences result from breaking priesthood covenants, he warned. “Being casual or apathetic in a priesthood calling is like introducing material fatigue into a rocket component.”

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Elder David F. Evans, General Authority Seventy, spoke of one’s individual search for truth. “Through study, prayer, and keeping the commandments, I found that there are answers to all of my important questions,” he said. “I also found that for some questions, continuing faith, patience, and revelation are needed.”

Elder Richard J. Maynes, General Authority Seventy, talked about earning the trust of the Lord and family. “Earning the Lord’s trust comes as a result of being true to the covenants we have made in the waters of baptism and in the holy temple. When we keep our promises to the Lord, His trust in us grows.”

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, opened the session with prayer, and Elder Rafael E. Pino, General Authority Seventy, gave the closing prayer.

Music for the session was provided by a father and sons choir from stakes in Cache County, with Clay Christiansen at the Conference Center organ.

Elder Richard J. Maynes, General Authority Seventy, speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Elder David F. Evans, General Authority Seventy, speaks during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Clay Christiansen plays the organ during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Conference goers listen during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Audience members sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Audience members sing during the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, exits after the conclusion of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles exit after the conclusion of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles exit after the conclusion of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles exit after the conclusion of the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.

Conference goers exit after the priesthood session of the Church’s 187th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Photo by Adam Fondren, Deseret News.