The 186th Semiannual General Conference

Saturday Evening, September 24, 2016, General Women’s Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson.

Conducting: Linda K. Burton.

Invocation: Denise Lindberg.

Benediction: Bonnie H. Cordon.

Music by a Young Women choir from stakes in Ogden, Huntsville, and Morgan, Utah; Cherilyn Worthen, director; Bonnie Goodliffe, organist: “Arise, O Glorious Zion,” Hymns, no. 40, arr. Warby, unpublished; “If I Listen with My Heart,” DeFord, arr. Warby, unpublished; “How Firm a Foundation,” Hymns, no. 85, arr. Kasen, pub. by Jackman; “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” Hymns, no. 136.

Saturday Morning, October 1, 2016, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson.

Conducting: President Henry B. Eyring.

Invocation: Joy D. Jones.

Benediction: Elder Marcus B. Nash.

Music by the Tabernacle Choir; Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, directors; Andrew Unsworth and Clay Christiansen, organists: “Sweet Is the Work,” Hymns, no. 147; “With Songs of Praise,” Hymns, no. 71; “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet,” Hymns, no. 19; “Redeemer of Israel,” Hymns, no. 6; “Take Time to Be Holy,” Longstaff, arr. Longhurst, pub. by Jackman; “If the Way Be Full of Trial, Weary Not,” Sweney, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.

Saturday Afternoon, October 1, 2016, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson.

Conducting: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Invocation: Elder Daniel L. Johnson.

Benediction: Elder Allen D. Haynie.

Music by a combined choir from the Provo Missionary Training Center; Ryan Eggett and Elmo Keck, directors; Linda Margetts and Bonnie Goodliffe, organists: “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer,” Hymns, no. 26, arr. Kasen, pub. by Jackman; “Baptism,” Children’s Songbook, 100, arr. Gates, pub. by Jackman; “Called to Serve,” Hymns, no. 249; “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Hymns, no. 270, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “Hope of Israel,” Hymns, no. 259, arr. Schank, unpublished.

Saturday Evening, October 1, 2016, General Priesthood Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson.

Conducting: President Henry B. Eyring.

Invocation: Elder Paul B. Pieper.

Benediction: Elder Bruce D. Porter.

Music by a Melchizedek Priesthood choir from stakes in West Valley City and Magna, Utah; Kenny Wiser, director; Richard Elliott, organist: “Ye Elders of Israel” (Men), Hymns, no. 319, arr. Spiel, unpublished; “Love at Home,” Hymns, no. 294, arr. Manookin, pub. by Jackman; “Now Let Us Rejoice,” Hymns, no. 3; “You Can Make the Pathway Bright,” Hymns, no. 228, arr. Zabriskie, pub. by Holy Sheet Music.

Sunday Morning, October 2, 2016, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson.

Conducting: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Invocation: Elder Christoffel Golden.

Benediction: Devin G. Durrant.

Music by the Tabernacle Choir; Mack Wilberg, director; Clay Christiansen and Richard Elliott, organists: “My Redeemer Lives,” Hymns, no. 135; “In Hymns of Praise,” Hymns, no. 75, arr. Wilberg; “On This Day of Joy and Gladness,” Hymns, no. 64, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “I Am a Child of God,” Hymns, no. 301; “My Heavenly Father Loves Me,” Children’s Songbook, 228, arr. Hofheins and Christiansen, unpublished; “Come, Ye Thankful People,” Hymns, no. 94, arr. Wilberg, pub. by Oxford.

Sunday Afternoon, October 2, 2016, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson.

Conducting: President Henry B. Eyring.

Invocation: Elder Enrique R. Falabella.

Benediction: Elder Erich W. Kopischke.

Music by the Tabernacle Choir; Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, directors; Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, organists: “Oh Say, What Is Truth?” Hymns, no. 272, arr. Longhurst, pub. by Jackman; “Lead, Kindly Light,” Hymns, no. 97, arr. Wilberg, pub. by Jackman; “High on the Mountain Top,” Hymns, no. 5; “I’ll Follow Him in Faith,” Perry, arr. Murphy, unpublished; “Let Us All Press On,” Hymns, no. 243, arr. Elliott.

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On the Cover

Front: Photograph by Ashlee Larsen.

Back: Photograph by Ale Borges.

Conference Photography

Photographs in Salt Lake City were taken by Cody Bell, Ale Borges, Randy Collier, Weston Colton, Nate Edwards, Ashlee Larsen, Leslie Nilsson, Matt Reier, and Christina Smith; of apartment building in Germany, by Daniel G. Dornelles; of Harriet Uchtdorf family and missionaries, courtesy of the Uchtdorf family.

Speaker Index

Andersen, Neil L. 35 Ashton, Brian K. 106 Ballard, M. Russell 90 Bassett, W. Mark 52 Bednar, David A. 102 Bingham, Jean B. 6 Christensen, Craig C. 27 Christofferson, D. Todd 48 Cook, Carl B. 110 Cook, Quentin L. 40 Cornish, J. Devn 32 Curtis, LeGrand R., Jr. 68 Davies, Dean M. 93 Eyring, Henry B. 39 75 99 Hales, Robert D. 22 Holland, Jeffrey R. 61 McConkie, Carol F. 25 Meurs, Peter F. 85 Monson, Thomas S. 78 80 Nattress, K. Brett 119 Nelson, Russell M. 81 Oaks, Dallin H. 57 Oscarson, Bonnie L. 12 Rasband, Ronald A. 113 Reeves, Linda S. 88 Renlund, Dale G. 121 Robbins, Lynn G. 96 Schmutz, Evan A. 116 Stephens, Carole M. 9 Stevenson, Gary E. 44 Uceda, Juan A. 30 Uchtdorf, Dieter F. 15 19 71 Yamashita, Kazuhiko 55

Topic Index

Activation 71 75 Adversity 6 9 12 22 40 55 68 81 99 113 116 Agency 15 Apostasy 68 Atonement 9 19 22 32 40 48 88 96 106 116 119 121 Baptism 106 Blessings 78 110 Book of Mormon 27 44 52 68 71 119 Charity 6 93 Church callings 40 99 110 Conversion 35 57 68 Covenants 12 99 Disabilities 55 Discipleship 90 93 102 116 Discipline 61 96 Divine nature 19 48 119 Doubt 90 113 Endurance 15 106 116 Faith 9 12 15 25 27 30 52 90 93 102 106 110 113 116 Family 119 Gratitude 19 75 99 Healing 9 Heavenly Father 48 102 Holy Ghost 9 25 27 30 44 68 85 106 Home teaching 61 Hope 93 116 House of Israel 35 Jesus Christ 6 9 12 22 25 30 32 35 40 44 48 55 80 81 85 88 90 93 96 102 106 110 113 116 119 121 Joseph Smith 12 27 35 44 93 96 99 113 Joy 55 81 88 116 121 Judging 6 96 Kindness 6 Leadership 71 75 Love 22 48 57 61 99 113 Loyalty 90 Missionary work 15 35 55 57 80 Motherhood 119 Music 85 Obedience 48 57 80 Parenthood 22 96 119 Plan of salvation 12 19 80 81 88 90 Prayer 25 30 35 57 Preparation 85 Priesthood 61 75 Prophecy 27 Prophets 27 Repentance 9 32 40 48 71 88 106 121 Restoration 12 27 35 44 Resurrection 19 Revelation 52 Sabbath 93 99 Sacrament 85 99 106 Sacrament meeting 85 Sacrifice 96 Scripture study 52 68 119 Self-worth 32 Service 22 55 61 71 75 99 102 110 Teaching 12 22 Temples 12 Testimony 27 40 44 68 113 Trust 15 52 Unity 110 Women 12 Word of Wisdom 78 Worship 93

Highlights from the 186th Semiannual General Conference

President Thomas S. Monson shared two straightforward messages during general conference. On Sunday morning he testified of God’s great plan of happiness for all people. He taught about Jesus Christ’s essential part in the plan of salvation as well as our role in obtaining the happiness God intended. (See page 80.) During the general priesthood session, President Monson emphasized blessings that come from obedience to the Lord’s commandments and faithful observation of the Word of Wisdom (see page 78).

Hundreds of thousands of women, young women, and girls as young as age eight gathered at the Conference Center and in locations around the world to open the six sessions of general conference with the general women’s session.

During the Saturday afternoon session, four General Authority Seventies were granted emeritus status, one Area Seventy was released, and two additional Area Seventies were called (see page 39). On Sunday, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles honored Elder Per G. Malm, a member of the Seventy who passed away on July 26, 2016 (see page 121).

General conferences of the Church take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and reaching millions around the world. The conference was interpreted and made available online in more than 80 languages and was published in 34 languages in the Church magazines.

For a suggestion on using this issue, see the story index on page 125.

Show References

I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home


The Master Healer


Rise Up in Strength, Sisters in Zion


Fourth Floor, Last Door


O How Great the Plan of Our God!


“Come, Follow Me” by Practicing Christian Love and Service


The Soul’s Sincere Desire


“A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up”


The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Pray


Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?


A Witness of God


The Sustaining of Church Officers


Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus


Look to the Book, Look to the Lord


“Abide in My Love”


For Our Spiritual Development and Learning


Be Ambitious for Christ


Sharing the Restored Gospel


Emissaries to the Church


There Is Power in the Book


Learn from Alma and Amulek


That He May Become Strong Also


Principles and Promises


The Perfect Path to Happiness


Joy and Spiritual Survival


The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy


The Great Plan of Redemption


To Whom Shall We Go?


The Blessings of Worship


The Righteous Judge


Gratitude on the Sabbath Day


“If Ye Had Known Me”


The Doctrine of Christ




Lest Thou Forget


God Shall Wipe Away All Tears


No Greater Joy Than to Know That They Know


Repentance: A Joyful Choice


General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Conference Story Index


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