Conference Summary for the 172nd Semiannual General Conference


Saturday Morning, 5 October 2002, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President Thomas S. Monson. Invocation: Elder Ben B. Banks. Benediction: Elder Richard D. Allred. Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg, directors; Clay Christiansen, organist: “Press Forward, Saints,” Hymns, no. 81; “Secret Prayer,” Hymns, no. 144; “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus,” Children’s Songbook, 78–79; “Come, O Thou King of Kings,” Hymns, no. 59; “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today,” Hymns, no. 227; “I Believe in Christ,” Hymns, no. 134.

Saturday Afternoon, 5 October 2002, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President James E. Faust. Invocation: Elder Charles Didier. Benediction: Elder Athos M. Amorim. Music by a family choir from stakes in Hunter (Salt Lake City), Utah; Jared L. Dunn, director; Linda Margetts, organist: “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion,” Hymns, no. 48; “Come Along, Come Along,” Hymns, no. 244; “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!” Hymns, no. 66; “Oh, What Songs of the Heart,” Hymns, no. 286.

Saturday Evening, 5 October 2002, Priesthood Session

Presiding and conducting: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Invocation: Elder Lynn G. Robbins. Benediction: Elder Donald L. Hallstrom. Music by an Aaronic Priesthood choir from stakes in Provo, Utah; Andrew Crane, director; John Longhurst, organist: “Come, All Ye Sons of God,” Hymns, no. 322; “O Thou Rock of Our Salvation,” Hymns, no. 258; “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Hymns, no. 83; “We’ll Bring the World His Truth,” Children’s Songbook, 172–73.

Sunday Morning, 6 October 2002, General Session

Presiding and conducting: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Invocation: Elder Earl M. Monson. Benediction: Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen. Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Craig Jessop, director; Richard Elliott, organist: “Redeemer of Israel,” Hymns, no. 6; “As the Dew from Heaven Distilling,” Hymns, no. 149; “Beautiful Zion, Built Above,” Hymns, no. 44; “Now Let Us Rejoice,” Hymns, no. 3; “How Firm a Foundation,” Hymns, no. 85; “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. 30.

Sunday Afternoon, 6 October 2002, General Session

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: President Thomas S. Monson. Invocation: Elder Harold G. Hillam. Benediction: Elder Jerald L. Taylor. Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Craig Jessop and Barlow Bradford, directors; Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, organists: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” Hymns, no. 72; “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” Hymns, no. 29 (vocal: John Prather; flute: Jeanine Goeckeritz; harp: Tamara Oswald); “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet,” Hymns, no. 19; “We Ever Pray for Thee,” Hymns, no. 23.

Saturday Evening, 28 September 2002, General Relief Society Meeting

Presiding: President Gordon B. Hinckley. Conducting: Bonnie D. Parkin. Invocation: Shirley F. Sainz. Benediction: Allison Barlow. Music by a Relief Society choir from stakes in Salt Lake City and Rose Park, Utah; Manu Harris, director; Bonnie Goodliffe, organist: “Press Forward, Saints,” Hymns, no. 81; “May I Serve Thee,” by Robinson; “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Hymns, no. 270; “The Spirit of God,” Hymns, no. 2.

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Conference Photography

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