Saturday afternoon session: See photos and read summaries of 191st Annual General Conference

During the Saturday afternoon session of the 191st Annual General Conference, President Dallin H. Oaks announced the call of 11 new Church leaders, including a new Primary general presidency.

Among the leadership changes announced by President Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, were eight new General Authority Seventies and the release of six Area Seventies. Earlier in the week, 77 new Area Seventies were announced at a leadership meeting.

Primary General President Joy D. Jones and her counselors, Sister Lisa L. Harkness and Sister Cristina B. Franco, were released prior to the sustaining of President Camille N. Johnson and Sister Susan H. Porter and Sister Amy Wright as the new Primary presidency.

Read more: See the 8 newly sustained General Authority Seventies and 3 Primary general presidency members

Three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles offered remarks during the session — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dale G. Renlund and Elder Neil L. Andersen.

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, concluded the session by speaking about single members of the Church “who make up more than half of the adults in the Church today.”

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 191st Annual General Conference on April 3, 2021.
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 191st Annual General Conference on April 3, 2021. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“Some wonder about their opportunities and place in God’s plan and in the Church,” President Ballard said. “We should understand that eternal life is not simply a question of current marital status but of discipleship and being ‘valiant in the testimony of Jesus’” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:79).

Stake and ward leaders should call on single members “to serve, lift and teach,” President Ballard said.

In his remarks, Elder Holland noted that today, conflict, contention and general incivility abound.

The instruments needed to “create a brighter day” can be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, Elder Holland testified. “We cannot afford — and this world cannot afford — our failure to put these gospel concepts and fortifying covenants to full use personally and publicly.”

Elder Renlund spoke of the “infuriating unfairness” of the world but testified that “in the eternities, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will resolve all unfairness.”

Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 191st Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City April 3, 2021.
Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 191st Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City April 3, 2021. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Each child of God’s journey, Elder Andersen testified, did not begin “as the first  flow of earth’s air came rushing” into their lungs, and it will not end when they take their last breath of mortality. “May we welcome [each spirit child of God], safeguard them and always love them,” Elder Andersen said.

Two General Authority Seventies who were called last April — Elder Jorge T. Becerra and Elder Thierry K. Mutombo — gave their first general conference addresses, which were prerecorded and delivered remotely. Elder Becerra is serving in the South America Northwest Area headquartered in Lima, Peru, and Elder Mutombo is serving in the Africa Central Area headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

A family in Brasilia, Brazil, watches a session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 191st Annual General Conference, which was broadcast from Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 3, and Sunday, April 4, 2021.
A family in Brasilia, Brazil, watches a session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 191st Annual General Conference, which was broadcast from Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 3, and Sunday, April 4, 2021. Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Music for the session was prerecorded by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square with directors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy and included selections such as “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” “If I Listen with My Heart,” and “Rejoice, the Lord Is King.”

Elder Carl B. Cook of the Presidency of the Seventy offered the invocation while the Sunday School General President Mark L. Pace offered the benediction.