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Here are the photos from the Sunday morning session of the October 2019 general conference

People enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs during "Music and the Spoken Word" before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Friends greet one another before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Clara Tovar of Lehi braids the hair of her daughter, Alejandra, with her mother-in-law, Matilde Tovar, of Columbia, before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs during the "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast prior to the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, stand during the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson, left, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, center, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, greet fellow general authorities before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Quentin L. Cook, left, Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talk prior to the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elder Gerrit W. Gong, from left, Elder Ulisses Soares, Elder Dale G. Renlund and Elder Ronald A. Rasband talk prior to the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Leaders listen during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Ben Affleck, left, Jedediah Baldwin and Josh Belanger sing hymns before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Church leaders and conferencegoers sing during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers walk to their seats before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Conferencegoers sing during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson shakes hands with general authorities after the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Latter-day Saints smile as President Russell M. Nelson waves to the audience while leaving the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson shackles hands with general authorities after the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson wave to attendees after the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, center, gives a thumbs-up with his wife, Lesa, as they leave the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The messages of the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference focused on the Savior, Jesus Christ, with themes of covenants, missionary work, ministering and pressing forward with faith. 

President Russell M. Nelson spoke of the Church’s humanitarian efforts that have provided more than $2 billion in aid throughout the world since 1984.

President Nelson expressed gratitude to members for their contributions and said this kind of service is the very essence of ministering. “And you are the ones who make all this possible,” he said. “Our greatest joy comes as we help our brothers and sisters.”

Friends greet one another before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.
Friends greet one another before the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. | Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also spoke during the session –– Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Gary E. Stevenson –– as well as Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez, a General Authority Seventy, also spoke. 

Elder Gong spoke of making and keeping promises with God and the blessing of “covenant belonging.” He taught, “To belong with God and to walk with each other on His covenant path is to be blessed by covenant belonging.” 

Both Sister Franco and Elder Ucthdorf’s messages centered on the the simplicity of sharing the gospel. As members pray and ask for the Lord’s help, they can be guided to those who need the gospel, Sister Franco said. 

“We talk about our journey with others in normal and natural ways,” Elder Uchdorf said, encouraging members to help others progress in their gospel adventure. “That’s what friends do — they talk about things that are important to them.”

Speaking of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Elder Gonzalez said comfort and peace can be enjoyed by all who faithfully seek the Savior’s healing touch. 

Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.
Conferencegoers enter the Conference Center for the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. | Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Elder Stevenson discussed the ways the adversary tries to deceive God’s children: “May we recognize Satan’s deceptions for what they are.”

“We are the Saints of Almighty God, the hope of Israel! Will we falter? ‘Shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!” Elder Stevenson said quoting the hymn “True to the Faith.” 

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Elder O. Vincent Haleck, who was released yesterday as a General Authority Seventy, offered the invocation and the benediction was offered by Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency. 

The music performed for the session was performed by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, directed by Mack Wilberg with Brian Mathias and Richard Elliott as the organists. 

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