Saturday morning speakers

President Gordon B. Hinckley

President Thomas S. Monson of the First PresidencyPresident Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve

Elder Carl B. Pratt of the First Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Richard B. Wirthlin of the Second Quorum of Seventy

Pres. Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society general president

The first musical selection - "The Morning Breaks" - sung by the Mormon Youth Chorus during the opening session of the 167th Semi-Annual General Conference seemed so appropriate on this clear, fall morning. And the bright feeling the song engendered seemed to match the mood of several smiling youth who had taken their seats on the upper level of the historical Tabernacle on Temple Square at the start of the Saturday morning session.

Despite recent warm temperatures, trees and shrubs on Temple Square have been slowly taking on autumn hues - yellows and reds interspersed with green.

Conducting the session was President Gordon B. Hinckley, who stepped to the pulpit that was adorned with red flowers. The choir, accompanied by Linda Margetts and directed by Robert C. Bowden, performed four musical numbers, including "The Spirit of God," which it sang with the congregation.

The invocation and benediction, respectively, were given by Elder L. Aldin Porter of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Dale E. Miller of the Seventy.

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