In the first address of the first session, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland welcomed members to the 189th Semiannual General Conference of the Church with an invitation to “find Jesus at the center of it all” — including at general conference.
“Those blessed with sight will recognize that, in spite of everything else this conference tradition may offer us, it will mean little or nothing unless we find Jesus at the center of it all,” Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said.
“To grasp the vision we are seeking, the healing that He promises, the significance we somehow know is here, we must cut through the commotion — as joyful as it is — and fix our attention on Him. The prayer of every speaker, the hope of all who sing, the reverence of every guest — we are all are dedicated to inviting the spirit of Him whose Church this is — the living Christ, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace.”
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, closed the Saturday morning session with counsel to members to trust in the Lord. There are many questions the Lord has yet to reveal answers for, President Oaks said. In all circumstances, the best solution is to trust the Lord and move forward. “There is so much we do not know that our only sure reliance is to trust in the Lord and His love for His children.”
Two other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Dale G. Renlund — also addressed members during the session. Elder Terence M. Vinson of the Presidency of the Seventy as well as Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president, and Sister Michelle Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, offered remarks.
Music for the session was provided by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square under the direction of Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, with Andrew Unsworth playing the Conference Center organ.