Conference Summary for the 173rd Annual General Conference


Saturday Morning, 5 April 2003, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President James E. Faust. Invocation: Elder J. Kent Jolley. Benediction: Elder Gerald N. Lund. Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg, directors; John Longhurst, organist: “High on the Mountain Top,” Hymns, no. 5; “Where Love Is,” Children’s Songbook, 138–39, arr. Bradford, unpublished; “Praise to the Man,” Hymns, no. 27, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “Our Prayer to Thee,” text by Elder Russell M. Nelson, music by Joseph Parry, arr. Wilberg, anthem arrangement unpublished (see hymn arrangement on the inside back cover of this issue); “Now Let Us Rejoice,” Hymns, no. 3; “Come unto Him,” Hymns, no. 114; “Arise, O God, and Shine,” Hymns, no. 265, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.

Saturday Afternoon, 5 April 2003, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President Thomas S. Monson. Invocation: Elder Donald L. Staheli. Benediction: Elder Duane B. Gerrard. Music by BYU Combined Choirs; Ronald Staheli and Rosalind Hall, directors; Bonnie Goodliffe, organist: “If You Could Hie to Kolob,” Hymns (1948), no. 257; “I Stand All Amazed,” Hymns, no. 193, arr. Jessop, pub. Jackman; “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Hymns, no. 83; “Abide with Me; ’Tis Eventide,” Hymns, no. 165, arr. Gates, pub. Jackman.

Saturday Evening, 5 April 2003, Priesthood Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President Thomas S. Monson. Invocation: Elder Lynn G. Robbins. Benediction: Elder Spencer J. Condie. Music by a Melchizedek Priesthood choir from stakes in Bluffdale, Riverton, and Herriman, Utah; Thomas Waldron, director; Richard Elliott, organist: “Hark, All Ye Nations!” Hymns, no. 264; “Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel,” Hymns, no. 252, arr. Dalton, Plum Publishing; “Sweet Is the Work,” Hymns, no. 147; “More Holiness Give Me,” Hymns, no. 131, arr. Staheli, pub. Jackman.

Sunday Morning, 6 April 2003, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President Thomas S. Monson. Invocation: Elder William R. Walker. Benediction: Elder Dale E. Miller. Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Craig Jessop, director; Clay Christiansen and Richard Elliott, organists: “What Was Witnessed in the Heavens?” Hymns, no. 11; “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer,” Hymns, no. 26, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “He Sent His Son,” Children’s Songbook, 34–35, arr. Bradford, unpublished; “How Firm a Foundation,” Hymns, no. 85; “Come, Rejoice,” Hymns, no. 9; “The Morning Breaks,” Hymns, no. 1, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “He, Watching Over Israel,” by Felix Mendelssohn, from Elijah.

Sunday Afternoon, 6 April 2003, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President James E. Faust. Invocation: Elder Charles Didier. Benediction: Elder John H. Groberg. Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg, directors; Linda Margetts and Bonnie Goodliffe, organists: “They, the Builders of the Nation,” Hymns, no. 36, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” Hymns, no. 108, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet,” Hymns, no. 19; “Come, Ye Children of the Lord,” Hymns, no. 58; “God Bless Our Prophet Dear,” Hymns, no. 24, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.

Saturday Evening, 29 March 2003, General Young Women Meeting

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: Susan W. Tanner. Invocation: Sue J. Groesbeck. Benediction: Sarah Uda. Music by a Young Women choir from stakes in Holladay and Salt Lake City, Utah; Cathy Jolley, director; Linda Margetts, organist: “Press Forward, Saints,” Hymns, no. 81; “He Sent His Son,” Children’s Songbook, 34–35, arr. DeFord, unpublished; “Come unto Him,” Hymns, no. 114; “Carry On,” Hymns, no. 255, arr. Webb, unpublished.

Saturday Afternoon, 8 February 2003, Special Satellite Broadcast For Children

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: Coleen K. Menlove. Invocation: Vicki F. Matsumori. Benediction: Anne Hawkins. Music by a Primary choir from stakes in Granger, Jordan, and West Valley, Utah; Kathryn Spencer, director; Bonnie Goodliffe, organist: “The Church of Jesus Christ,” Children’s Songbook, 77; “I’ll Follow Him in Faith,” Friend, Jan. 2003, 24, and Liahona, Feb. 2003, F16; medley of Primary songs, arr. Rose (“I Will Follow God’s Plan,” Children’s Songbook, 164–65; “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus,” Children’s Songbook, 78–79; “Holding Hands around the World,” Friend, July 2002, 44–45, and Liahona, Oct. 2003, F12–13); “I Am a Child of God,” Children’s Songbook, 2–3; “I Feel My Savior’s Love,” Children’s Songbook, 74–75.

Conference Recordings Available

Recordings of conference sessions are available at distribution centers, generally within two months following conference. Available formats include audio and video cassette, compact disc, and digital video disc. Recordings for individuals who are deaf (videocassettes with a signing inset) and for those with visual impairment (slow-speed audiocassette tapes) are available from Special Curriculum, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3200.

Conference Talks on Internet

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Home and Visiting Teaching Messages

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Conference Photography

Scenes of general conference were taken by Craig Dimond, Jed A. Clark, Welden C. Andersen, John Luke, Robert Casey, Derek Israelsen, Kelly Larsen, Tamra H. Ratieta, Matthew Reier, and Christina Smith.