183rd Annual General Conference: ‘Glorious’

Millions of members attend worldwide conference

At the end of a “glorious conference,” President Thomas S. Monson asked Church members across the globe to be aware of the needs of those around them and called the Gospel of Jesus Christ “the key to happiness.”

“We are a worldwide Church, brothers and sisters. Our membership is found across the globe. … The Savior brought to this earth a message of love and goodwill to all men and women. May we ever follow His example.”

Millions of Church members worldwide participated in the conference on April 6-7, listening to President Monson and other Church leaders offer counsel and direction.

Crowds filled the 21,000-seat Conference Center and overflow areas on Temple Square in Salt Lake City for the conference’s sessions, which were translated into more than 93 languages and broadcast to more than 170 countries and territories. In addition, Latter-day saints viewed proceedings live via television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts.

President Monson presided at the conference and spoke in four of the five sessions. His counselors in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, took turns conducting the sessions.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, under the direction of Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, provided music for three sessions of conference. The Combined Choir from Brigham Young University, directed by Ronald Staheli and Rosalind Hall, provided music for the Saturday afternoon session. A priesthood choir from young single adult stakes in Salt Lake City, directed by Justin Bills, provided music for the priesthood session. Clay Christiansen, Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Linda Margetts and Bonnie Goodliffe accompanied the choirs on the organ.

During the Saturday morning session, President Monson announced plans to build temples in Cedar City, Utah, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Cedar City Utah Temple will be the 17th in Utah, including the announced Payson Utah and Provo City Center Temples as well as the Ogden Utah Temple, which is currently under renovation. There are nearly 2 million Church members in Utah.

Brazil is home to nearly 200 million people including almost 1.2 million members of the Church. Brazil is home to six operating temples with an additional temple announced for Fortaleza, Brazil, bringing the total to eight. The S? Paulo Brazil Temple, the first in Brazil, was completed in 1978.

During the afternoon session of conference, the First Presidency announced a new member of the Presidency of the Seventy: Elder Ulisses Soares; eight new General Authorities: Elder Edward Dube, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, Elder Timothy J. Dyches, Elder Randy D. Funk, Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, Elder Adrián Ochoa, and Elder Terence M. Vinson; a new Young Women general presidency: Sister Bonnie Lee Green Oscarson, Sister Carol Foley McConkie and Sister Neill Foote Marriott; and 59 new Area Seventies. (Please see biographies of new Church leaders on page 23.)

Releases were extended to 52 Area Seventies and members of the Young Women general presidency: Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Sister Mary N. Cook and Sister Ann M. Dibb.

“We live at a time in the world’s history when there are many difficult challenges, but also great opportunities and reasons for rejoicing,” said President Monson before closing the conference Sunday afternoon. “There are, of course, those times when we experience disappointments, heartaches and even tragedies in our lives. However, if we will put our trust in the Lord, He will help us through our difficulties, whatever they may be.”