President Gordon B. Hinckley
President Thomas S. Monson of the First PresidencyPresident Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder L. Aldin Porter of the Presidency of the Seventy
Sister Virginia H. Pearce of the Young Women general presidency
- "A homecoming, a renewal" were the words Adesina Olukanni used to describe the feeling of attending the 166th Semiannual General Conference on Temple Square. President of the Lagos Nigeria District, he was attending conference with his wife, Folashade. It was his second time, her first time. He said that for him, being at conference "makes you feel like you're among a big family."
"A big family" aptly described thousands gathered for the first session. People filed into the Tabernacle, into overflow facilities in the Assembly Hall and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, or spread out on Temple Square lawns. Among those in the Tabernacle for the first time were Eric Andersen, 8, and his sister, Ashley, 11, and other members of the Steven and Gaylene Andersen family of Hesperia, Calif. Ashley offered her feelings simply: "I got to see the prophet."
President Gordon B. Hinckley conducted the session, during which the Mormon Youth Chorus provided music, directed by Robert C. Bowden and accompanied by Bonnie Goodliffe. Offering the invocation was Elder James O. Mason of the Seventy; the benediction was given by Elder Jerald L. Taylor, also of the Seventy.