General Conference April 2013 Topics For Essays

“Mormonism in Pictures” is a photo essay feature from Mormonnewsroom.org depicting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members around the world. Today we feature photos from the Church's 183rd Annual General Conference, which took place last Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' semiannual general conferences are global events. Every April and October, thousands from around the world attend in the Church's Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City; millions more watch or listen via Internet, satellite or radio.

The Conference Center, completed in 2000, seats more than 21,000 attendees for each general conference session.

For Mormons, general conferences are opportunities to be taught by Church leaders about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. On Sunday afternoon, President Thomas S. Monson (pictured above) taught Latter-day Saints to be "tolerant of as well as kind and loving to those who do not share our beliefs and our standards."

General conferences also feature leadership changes. On Saturday afternoon, the First Presidency announced a new Young Women general presidency (pictured above): Carol Louise Foley McConkie, Bonnie Lee Green Oscarson and Evelyn Neill Foote Marriott. (See our news release for more information about these women.)

The First Presidency also announced eight new members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy. The new general authorities come from Zimbabwe, Australia, Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, California and Utah. (See our news release for more information about these men.)

At general conferences, Mormons sustain Church leaders by raising their right hands as leaders' names are read. This act, which took place Saturday afternoon, is symbolic of Mormons' desires to support, help and pray for their leaders.

The 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir provides music for most general conference sessions. The choir's April 2013 general conference pieces can be viewed at the Mormon Channel.

Each general conference session features a rest hymn, where the congregation stands and sings together. For Latter-day Saints, music is an integral part of worship (see Doctrine and Covenants 25:12).

General conferences are interpreted into more than 90 languages. The Conference Center features 58 interpretation booths, each of which is equipped with a desk and a monitor relaying images from the Conference Center auditorium. (Learn more about general conference interpretation technology.)

A family sits on Temple Square during the Sunday afternoon session. President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke Saturday about the "transcendent importance of the family" for Mormons.

A woman rests with her baby on the grass near the Tabernacle on Temple Square. President Packer also taught that Mormons "find safety and security for ourselves and our children in honoring the covenants we have made in living up to the ordinary acts of obedience required of the followers of Christ."

A father holds his daughter on Temple Square on Saturday afternoon. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaking Saturday afternoon, encouraged listeners to "center your home and your life on the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the source of true peace in this life."

Conference goers line the sidewalk outside of Temple Square Saturday to sing Church hymns. In a previous general conference, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that, for Mormons, "sacred music has a unique capacity to communicate our feelings of love for the Lord."

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles greets fellow general authorities prior to the start of the Sunday afternoon session. In his general conference address Saturday morning, Elder Ballard encouraged listeners "to do the things that the Savior would do if He were ministering among us today." 

President Thomas S. Monson arrives for the Sunday afternoon session. President Monson counseled Latter-day Saints to be "good citizens of the nations in which you live and good neighbors in your communities, reaching out to those of other faiths as well as to our own."

President Monson greets Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles following the Sunday afternoon session, as Elder Richard G. Scott, middle, looks on. Earlier Sunday, President Monson taught that a "knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God."

Elder Dallin H. Oaks exits general conference with his wife, Kristen. In his general conference address, Elder Oaks encouraged listeners to give greater heed to the words of Jesus Christ. "Jesus’s teachings were not meant to be theoretical," Elder Oaks said. "Always they were to be acted upon."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland exits general conference with his wife, Patricia. Elder Holland reminded Latter-day Saints to be "kind regarding human frailty—your own as well as those who serve with you in a Church led by volunteer mortal men and women." Jesus, he said, embodies the perfection members should seek to emulate as best they can.

President Monson exits general conference with his daughter, Ann M. Dibb. President Monson concluded general conference by reminding Latter-day Saints that "the Savior brought to this earth a message of love and goodwill to all men and women. May we ever follow His example."

  • “I Stand at the Door and Knock”

    October 1963

  • Come Unto Me

    April 1964

  • In Search of Truth

    October 1964

  • America Needs You

    October 1964

  • The Precious Gift of Sight

    April 1965

  • The Search for Jesus

    October 1965

  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives

    April 1966

  • God’s Gifts to Polynesia’s People

    October 1966

  • “Come, Follow Me”

    April 1967

  • Meeting Your Goliath

    October 1967

  • “Can There Any Good Thing Come Out of Nazareth?”

    April 1968

  • The Miracle of the Friendly Islands

    October 1968

  • “Mrs. Patton, Arthur Lives”

    April 1969

  • Messengers of Glory

    October 1969

  • Only a Teacher

    April 1970

  • Thou Art a Teacher Come From God

    October 1970

  • Lost Battalions

    April 1971, Tuesday morning session

  • With Hand and Heart

    October 1971, Sunday afternoon session

  • “Finishers Wanted”

    April 1972, Saturday morning session

  • Hands

    October 1972, Sunday afternoon session

  • Yellow Canaries with Gray on Their Wings

    April 1973, Saturday morning session

  • “Behold Thy Mother”

    October 1973, Friday afternoon session

  • The Paths Jesus Walked

    April 1974, Saturday morning session

  • My Personal Hall of Fame

    October 1974, Sunday afternoon session

  • The Way Home

    April 1975, Friday morning session

  • The Faith of a Child

    October 1975, Friday afternoon session

  • Hopeless Dawn—Joyful Morning

    April 1976, Saturday morning session

  • Which Road Will You Travel?

    October 1976, Saturday afternoon session

  • Your Jericho Road

    April 1977, Sunday afternoon session

  • The Way of the Lord

    October 1977, Saturday morning session

  • The Prayer of Faith

    April 1978, Saturday afternoon session

  • Profiles of Faith

    October 1978, Sunday morning session

  • The Army of the Lord

    April 1979, priesthood session

  • Pornography—the Deadly Carrier

    October 1979, Sunday afternoon session

  • Preparing the Way

    April 1980, Saturday morning session

  • The Bishop—Center Stage in Welfare

    October 1980, general welfare session

  • The Long Line of the Lonely

    April 1981, Sunday morning session

  • “He Is Risen”

    October 1981, Saturday afternoon session

  • Sailing Safely the Seas of Life

    April 1982, Sunday morning session

  • “Run, Boy, Run!”

    October 1982, Saturday afternoon session

  • “Anonymous”

    April 1983, Sunday morning session

  • Labels

    October 1983, Saturday afternoon session

  • Building Your Eternal Home

    April 1984, Saturday morning session

  • The Aaronic Priesthood Pathway

    October 1984, priesthood session

  • “The Spirit Giveth Life”

    April 1985, Sunday morning session

  • Those Who Love Jesus

    October 1985, Saturday afternoon session

  • The Call of Duty

    April 1986, priesthood session

  • A Provident Plan—A Precious Promise

    April 1986, Sunday morning session

  • Courage Counts

    October 1986, priesthood session

  • Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light

    October 1986, Sunday morning session

  • Tears, Trials, Trust, Testimony

    April 1987, priesthood session

  • The Will Within

    April 1987, Sunday morning session

  • Missionary Memories

    October 1987, priesthood session

  • A Doorway Called Love

    October 1987, Sunday morning session

  • You Make a Difference

    April 1988, priesthood session

  • An Invitation to Exaltation

    April 1988, Sunday morning session

  • Happiness through Service

    April 1988, Sunday afternoon session

  • Goal beyond Victory

    October 1988, priesthood session

  • Hallmarks of a Happy Home

    October 1988, Sunday morning session

  • Go For It!

    April 1989, priesthood session

  • Thanks Be to God

    April 1989, Sunday morning session

  • The Service That Counts

    October 1989, priesthood session

  • Windows

    October 1989, Sunday morning session

  • Conference Is Here

    April 1990, Saturday morning session

  • My Brother’s Keeper

    April 1990, priesthood session

  • “A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

    April 1990, Sunday morning session

  • The Lord’s Way

    April 1990, Member Finances Fireside

  • The Lighthouse of the Lord

    October 1990, general women’s meeting

  • That We May Touch Heaven

    October 1990, priesthood session

  • Days Never to Be Forgotten

    October 1990, Sunday morning session

  • “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”

    October 1990, Sunday afternoon session

  • The Power of Prayer

    April 1991, Saturday morning session

  • A Royal Priesthood

    April 1991, priesthood session

  • Never Alone

    April 1991, Sunday morning session

  • “Called to Serve”

    October 1991, priesthood session

  • Precious Children—A Gift from God

    October 1991, Sunday morning session

  • “The Lord Bless You”

    October 1991, Sunday afternoon session

  • The Spirit of Relief Society

    April 1992, Relief Society Sesquicentennial Satellite Broadcast

  • Memories of Yesterday, Counsel for Today

    April 1992, Saturday morning session

  • To Learn, To Do, To Be

    April 1992, priesthood session

  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    April 1992, Sunday morning session

  • “An Example of the Believers”

    October 1992, general women’s meeting

  • The Priesthood in Action

    October 1992, priesthood session

  • Miracles—Then and Now

    October 1992, Sunday morning session

  • At Parting

    October 1992, Sunday afternoon session

  • The Temple of the Lord

    April 1993, Saturday morning session

  • Search and Rescue

    April 1993, priesthood session

  • Gifts

    April 1993, Sunday morning session

  • The Upward Reach

    October 1993, priesthood session

  • Meeting Life’s Challenges

    October 1993, Sunday morning session

  • The Priesthood—A Sacred Trust

    April 1994, priesthood session

  • The Path to Peace

    April 1994, Sunday morning session

  • What He Would Have Us Do

    April 1994, Sunday afternoon session

  • My Brother’s Keeper

    October 1994, priesthood session

  • The Fatherless and the Widows—Beloved of God

    October 1994, Sunday morning session

  • A Time to Choose

    April 1995, general Young Women meeting

  • That All May Hear

    April 1995, priesthood session

  • Mercy—The Divine Gift

    April 1995, Sunday morning session

  • Who Honors God, God Honors

    October 1995, priesthood session

  • Patience—A Heavenly Virtue

    October 1995, Sunday morning session

  • Duty Calls

    April 1996, priesthood session

  • The Way of the Master

    April 1996, Sunday morning session

  • Christ at Bethesda’s Pool

    October 1996, Saturday morning session

  • “Be Thou an Example”

    October 1996, priesthood session

  • Pioneers All

    April 1997, general Young Women meeting

  • They Will Come

    April 1997, priesthood session

  • They Showed the Way

    April 1997, Sunday morning session

  • The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society

    October 1997, General Relief Society Meeting

  • Teach the Children

    October 1997, Saturday morning session

  • Home Teaching—a Divine Service

    October 1997, priesthood session

  • In Harm’s Way

    April 1998, priesthood session

  • Look to God and Live

    April 1998, Sunday morning session

  • Think to Thank

    October 1998, Saturday morning session

  • Today Determines Tomorrow

    October 1998, priesthood session

  • Your Celestial Journey

    April 1999, general Young Women meeting

  • The Priesthood—Mighty Army of the Lord

    April 1999, priesthood session

  • For I Was Blind, but Now I See

    April 1999, Sunday morning session

  • Becoming Our Best Selves

    October 1999, Saturday morning session

  • Priesthood Power

    October 1999, priesthood session

  • Your Eternal Voyage

    April 2000, priesthood session

  • Your Eternal Home

    April 2000, Sunday morning session

  • The Call to Serve

    October 2000, priesthood session

  • Dedication Day

    October 2000, Sunday morning session

  • Compassion

    April 2001, Saturday morning session

  • To the Rescue

    April 2001, priesthood session

  • “Be Thou an Example”

    October 2001, General Relief Society Meeting

  • Duty Calls

    October 2001, priesthood session

  • Now Is the Time

    October 2001, Sunday morning session

  • Pathways to Perfection

    April 2002, general Young Women meeting

  • Hidden Wedges

    April 2002, Saturday morning session

  • They Pray and They Go

    April 2002, priesthood session

  • Peace, Be Still

    October 2002, priesthood session

  • Models to Follow

    October 2002, Sunday morning session

  • In Search of Treasure

    April 2003, Saturday morning session

  • Stand in Your Appointed Place

    April 2003, priesthood session

  • Bring Him Home

    October 2003, priesthood session

  • The Bridge Builder

    October 2003, Sunday morning session

  • Your Personal Influence

    April 2004, Saturday morning session

  • The Call for Courage

    April 2004, priesthood session

  • If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear

    October 2004, General Relief Society Meeting

  • Anxiously Engaged

    October 2004, priesthood session

  • Choose You This Day

    October 2004, Sunday morning session

  • Be Thou an Example

    April 2005, general Young Women meeting

  • Constant Truths for Changing Times

    April 2005, Saturday morning session

  • The Sacred Call of Service

    April 2005, priesthood session

  • Do Your Duty—That Is Best

    October 2005, priesthood session

  • The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example

    October 2005, Sunday morning session

  • True to the Faith

    April 2006, Saturday morning session

  • Our Sacred Priesthood Trust

    April 2006, priesthood session

  • True to Our Priesthood Trust

    October 2006, priesthood session

  • How Firm a Foundation

    October 2006, Sunday morning session

  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives!

    April 2007, Saturday morning session

  • Tabernacle Memories

    April 2007, Saturday afternoon session

  • The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift

    April 2007, priesthood session

  • Three Goals to Guide You

    October 2007, General Relief Society Meeting

  • Mrs. Patton—the Story Continues

    October 2007, Saturday morning session

  • A Royal Priesthood

    October 2007, priesthood session

  • Examples of Righteousness

    April 2008, priesthood session

  • Looking Back and Moving Forward

    April 2008, Sunday morning session

  • Abundantly Blessed

    April 2008, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    October 2008, Saturday morning session

  • To Learn, to Do, to Be

    October 2008, priesthood session

  • Finding Joy in the Journey

    October 2008, Sunday morning session

  • Until We Meet Again

    October 2008, Sunday afternoon session

  • May You Have Courage

    April 2009, general Young Women meeting

  • Welcome to Conference

    April 2009, Saturday morning session

  • Be Your Best Self

    April 2009, priesthood session

  • Be of Good Cheer

    April 2009, Sunday morning session

  • Until We Meet Again

    April 2009, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    October 2009, Saturday morning session

  • School Thy Feelings, O My Brother

    October 2009, priesthood session

  • What Have I Done for Someone Today?

    October 2009, Sunday morning session

  • Closing Remarks

    October 2009, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    April 2010, Saturday morning session

  • Preparation Brings Blessings

    April 2010, priesthood session

  • He Is Risen!

    April 2010, Sunday morning session

  • A Word at Closing

    April 2010, Sunday afternoon session

  • Charity Never Faileth

    October 2010, General Relief Society Meeting

  • As We Meet Together Again

    October 2010, Saturday morning session

  • The Three Rs of Choice

    October 2010, priesthood session

  • The Divine Gift of Gratitude

    October 2010, Sunday morning session

  • Till We Meet Again

    October 2010, Sunday afternoon session

  • It’s Conference Once Again

    April 2011, Saturday morning session

  • Priesthood Power

    April 2011, priesthood session

  • The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World

    April 2011, Sunday morning session

  • At Parting

    April 2011, Sunday afternoon session

  • As We Meet Again

    October 2011, Saturday morning session

  • Dare to Stand Alone

    October 2011, priesthood session

  • Stand in Holy Places

    October 2011, Sunday morning session

  • Until We Meet Again

    October 2011, Sunday afternoon session

  • Believe, Obey, and Endure

    April 2012, general Young Women meeting

  • As We Gather Once Again

    April 2012, Saturday morning session

  • Willing and Worthy to Serve

    April 2012, priesthood session

  • The Race of Life

    April 2012, Sunday morning session

  • As We Close This Conference

    April 2012, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    October 2012, Saturday morning session

  • See Others as They May Become

    October 2012, priesthood session

  • Consider the Blessings

    October 2012, Sunday morning session

  • God Be with You Till We Meet Again

    October 2012, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    April 2013, Saturday morning session

  • Come, All Ye Sons of God

    April 2013, priesthood session

  • Obedience Brings Blessings

    April 2013, Sunday morning session

  • Until We Meet Again

    April 2013, Sunday afternoon session

  • We Never Walk Alone

    October 2013, General Relief Society Meeting

  • Welcome to Conference

    October 2013, Saturday morning session

  • True Shepherds

    October 2013, priesthood session

  • “I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee”

    October 2013, Sunday morning session

  • Till We Meet Again

    October 2013, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    April 2014, Saturday morning session

  • Be Strong and of a Good Courage

    April 2014, priesthood session

  • Love—the Essence of the Gospel

    April 2014, Sunday morning session

  • Until We Meet Again

    April 2014, Sunday afternoon session

  • Welcome to Conference

    October 2014, Saturday morning session

  • Guided Safely Home

    October 2014, priesthood session

  • Ponder the Path of Thy Feet

    October 2014, Sunday morning session

  • Until We Meet Again

    October 2014, Sunday afternoon session

  • The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift

    April 2015, general priesthood session

  • Blessings of the Temple

    April 2015, Sunday morning session

  • Keep the Commandments

    October 2015, priesthood session

  • Be an Example and a Light

    October 2015, Sunday morning session

  • A Sacred Trust

    April 2016, general priesthood session

  • Choices

    April 2016, Sunday morning session

  • Principles and Promises

    October 2016, general priesthood session

  • The Perfect Path to Happiness

    October 2016, Sunday morning session

  • Kindness, Charity, and Love

    April 2017, general priesthood session

  • The Power of the Book of Mormon

    April 2017, Sunday morning session

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