Summary for the 181st Semiannual General Conference

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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 Wilberg, unpublished; “Redeemer of Israel,” Hymns, no. 6; “I Am a Child of God,” Children’s Songbook, 2–3, arr. Murphy, unpublished; “Press Forward, Saints,” Hymns, no. 81, arr. Wilberg, unpublished.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 Watkins, unpublished; “Families Can Be Together Forever,” Hymns, no. 300, arr. Watkins, unpublished; “Praise to the Man,” Hymns, no. 27; “My Heavenly Father Loves Me,” Children’s Songbook, 228–29, and “I Know My Father Lives,” Hymns, no. 302, pub.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 Watkins, unpublished.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 Bills, unpublished; “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!”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 Bills, unpublished.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 Wilberg, unpublished; “Consider the Lilies,” Hoffman, arr.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.

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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.