Summary for the 181st Semiannual General Conference


Saturday Morning, October 1, 2011, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: President Henry B. Eyring. Invocation: Elder Gary J. Coleman. Benediction: Elder Lowell M. Snow. Music by the Tabernacle Choir; Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, directors; Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth, organists: “The Morning Breaks,” Hymns, no. 1; “With Songs of Praise,” Hymns, no. 71; “We Ever Pray for Thee,” Hymns, no. 23, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “Redeemer of Israel,” Hymns, no. 6; “I Am a Child of God,” Children’s Songbook, 2–3, arr. Murphy, unpublished; “Press Forward, Saints,” Hymns, no. 81, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.

Saturday Afternoon, October 1, 2011, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Invocation: Elder Won Yong Ko. Benediction: Elder Bradley D. Foster. Music by a Primary choir from Pleasant View and North Ogden, Utah; Vanja Y. Watkins, director; Linda Margetts, organist: “God’s Daily Care,” Hymns, no. 306, and “I Thank Thee, Dear Father,” Children’s Songbook, 7, medley arr. Watkins, unpublished; “Families Can Be Together Forever,” Hymns, no. 300, arr. Watkins, unpublished; “Praise to the Man,” Hymns, no. 27; “My Heavenly Father Loves Me,” Children’s Songbook, 228–29, and “I Know My Father Lives,” Hymns, no. 302, pub. Jackman, medley arr. Watkins, unpublished.

Saturday Evening, October 1, 2011, Priesthood Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Invocation: Elder Richard G. Hinckley. Benediction: Elder Koichi Aoyagi. Music by a Melchizedek Priesthood choir from Pleasant Grove, Utah; Justin Bills, director; Clay Christiansen, organist: “Rise Up, O Men of God,” Hymns, no. 324, arr. Staheli, pub. Jackman; “I Need Thee Every Hour,” Hymns, no. 334, arr. Bills, unpublished; “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!” Hymns, no. 66; “Come, Ye Children of the Lord,” Hymns, no. 58, arr. Bills, unpublished.

Sunday Morning, October 2, 2011, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Invocation: Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky. Benediction: Elder James B. Martino. Music by the Tabernacle Choir; Mack Wilberg, director; Andrew Unsworth and Clay Christiansen, organists: “Lead Me into Life Eternal,” Hymns, no. 45; “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Hymns, no. 83, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “Consider the Lilies,” Hoffman, arr. Lyon, pub. Jackman; “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet,” Hymns, no. 19; “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Hymns, no. 270, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “I Believe in Christ,” Hymns, no. 134, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.

Sunday Afternoon, October 2, 2011, General Session

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: President Henry B. Eyring. Invocation: Elder F. Michael Watson. Benediction: Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer. Music by the Tabernacle Choir; Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, directors; Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, organists: “Arise, O God, and Shine,” Hymns, no. 265, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “I Feel My Savior’s Love,” Children’s Songbook, 74–75, arr. Cardon, unpublished; “Now Let Us Rejoice,” Hymns, no. 3; “Lord, We Ask Thee Ere We Part,” Hymns, no. 153, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.

Saturday Evening, September 24, 2011, General Relief Society Meeting

Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: Julie B. Beck. Invocation: Barbara C. Bradshaw. Benediction: Sandra Rogers. Music by a Relief Society choir from Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs, Utah; Emily Wadley, director; Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, organists: “The Morning Breaks,” Hymns, no. 1, arr. Wilberg, unpublished; “Sweet Is the Work,” Hymns, no. 147, arr. Manookin, pub. Jackman; “Hark, All Ye Nations!” Hymns, no. 264; “Now Let Us Rejoice,” Hymns, no. 3.

Conference Talks Available

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On the Cover

Front: Photograph by John Luke. Back: Photograph by Les Nilsson.

Conference Photography

Scenes of general conference in Salt Lake City were taken by Craig Dimond, Welden C. Andersen, John Luke, Christina Smith, Cody Bell, Les Nilsson, Weston Colton, Sarah Jensen, Derek Israelsen, Danny La, Scott Davis, Kristy Jordan, and Cara Call; in Brazil by Barbara Alves, David McNamee, and Sandra Rozados; in Canada by Laurent Lucuix; in El Salvador by Josué Peña; in England by Simon Jones; in Japan by Jun Aono; in Mexico by Monica Mora; in Philippines by Wilmor LaTorre and Ann Rosas; in South Africa by Rob Milne; in Sweden by Anna Peterson; and in Uruguay by Manuel Peña.

Speakers in Alphabetical Order

Allred, Silvia H. 114 Alonso, José L. 14 Andersen, Neil L. 28 Ardern, Ian S. 31 Ballard, M. Russell 79 Beck, Julie B. 109 Bednar, David A. 24 Bennett, Randall K. 98 Callister, Tad R. 74 Christofferson, D. Todd 38 Clayton, L. Whitney 11 Cook, Carl B. 33 Cook, Quentin L. 104 Cornish, J. Devn 101 Curtis, LeGrand R., Jr. 35 Dalton, Elaine S. 77 Eyring, Henry B. 23 56 68 Hales, Robert D. 71 Holland, Jeffrey R. 44 McMullin, Keith B. 47 Monson, Thomas S. 4 60 82 108 Nelson, Russell M. 86 Oaks, Dallin H. 90 Packer, Boyd K. 16 Perry, L. Tom 41 Richardson, Matthew O. 94 Scott, Richard G. 6 Thompson, Barbara 9 117 Uchtdorf, Dieter F. 19 53 120 Waddell, W. Christopher 50 Yamashita, Kazuhiko 96

Topic Index

Aaronic Priesthood 47 Accountability 98 Activation 14 35 50 Adversity 71 104 Agency 98 Atonement 33 35 38 90 Bible 74 90 Book of Mormon 6 50 68 74 Charity 68 109 114 Children 28 Conversion 68 96 Couple missionaries 44 Courage 33 60 Covenants 86 117 Discipleship 109 Divine nature 19 Duty 47 56 Endurance 68 71 Example 41 60 77 90 96 Faith 28 33 71 101 104 Family 28 77 Family history 24 Fathers 77 General conference 4 23 108 Growth, Church 11 41 Heavenly Father 108 Holy Ghost 6 9 16 33 47 82 94 Hope 19 71 Individual worth 19 120 Jesus Christ 35 41 74 79 90 101 Joy 38 120 Learning 94 Love 53 77 96 120 Marriage 28 Missionary work 11 41 44 50 79 96 Morality 16 Name, Church 79 Obedience 33 38 86 90 Parenthood 28 77 Patience 71 Prayer 82 101 Preparation 50 56 96 Priesthood 24 47 56 60 86 109 Priorities 28 31 Prophecy 11 Redemption 35 Relief Society 109 114 Repentance 16 35 38 44 Restoration 11 Revelation 6 9 16 82 Sacrifice 50 120 Scriptures 6 74 Self-reliance 53 Self-worth 19 120 Service 14 47 50 53 56 68 Standards 44 60 77 82 Teaching 94 Technology 24 31 Temples and temple work 4 24 41 109 117 Testimony 9 60 68 74 82 Time management 31 Visiting teaching 109 114 Welfare 53 Young Women 77 Youth 16 24 44 47 50 77