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October 1978 General Conference Music

Sep 30–Oct 1, 1978

Talks and media from this conference are available at LDS.org or in Gospel Library.
Streaming video is on the LDS General Conference YouTube channel.
A PDF conference report is available at Archive.org.

Regular Sessions

Saturday Morning Session
Saturday, Sep 30, 1978, 10:00 AM

Saturday Afternoon Session
Saturday, Sep 30, 1978, 2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Session
Sunday, Oct 1, 1978, 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Session
Sunday, Oct 1, 1978, 2:00 PM

Other Sessions

General Women’s Meeting
Saturday, Sep 16, 1978

General Welfare Session
Saturday, Sep 30, 1978, 7:00 AM

General Priesthood Meeting
Saturday, Sep 30, 1978, 7:00 PM

Summary of Conference Music

The Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir furnished the choral numbers for the Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon sessions of the Conference, with Jerold D. Otdey and Donald H. Ripplinger conducting.

The Mormon Youth Chorus under the direction of Brother Robert C. Bowden sang at the Saturday afternoon session.

The General Priesthood Meeting held Saturday evening featured a combined Choir of male voices from the Mormon Youth Chorus and the Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Robert C. Bowden.

Prelude, postlude, and interlude music, and accompaniments on the Tabernacle organ throughout the Conference sessions were played by Robert Cundick, Roy M. Darley and John Longhurst, Tabernacle Organists.


From the October 1978 Conference Report booklet


General Welfare Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1978 Ensign — Under the direction of Donald Ripplinger, with John Longhurst as organist, the congregation sang two hymns: “How Firm a Foundation” (Hymns, no. 66) and “Do What Is Right” (Hymns, no. 27).

How Firm a Foundation (Congregational)

Words: Robert Keen

Music: J. Ellis

Artist: Congregation

Do What Is Right (Congregational)

Words: Anon.

Music: George Kaillmark

Artist: Congregation

High on the Mountain Top (Congregational)

Words: Joel H. Johnson

Music: Ebenezer Beesley

Artist: Congregation

Saturday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1978 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Donald Ripplinger, with organist John Longhurst, sang “Praise to the Lord” (Hymns, no. 150), “Oh Lord, I Would Hear Thy Word” by Merrill Bradshaw (Sonos Music Resources), “Behold Thy Servant, Lord” (including “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet,” with congregation) by Darwin Wolford (manuscript—not available), “Lead Me into Life Eternal” (Hymns, no. 141), “How Long, O Lord, Most Holy” (Hymns, no. 69), “Choristers of Light” by Katherine Davis (Galaxy Music Corp.), “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” by Teschner/Alexander Schreiner (J. Fischer), and “O Thou Rock of Our Salvation” (Hymns, no. 130). The congregation sang “Hope of Israel” (Hymns, no. 64).

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Words: Joachim Neander

Music: Stralsund Gesangbuch

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Oh Lord, I Would Hear Thy Word

Words: Merrill Bradshaw

Music: Merrill Bradshaw

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Behold Thy Servant, Lord (including “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet”) (Congregational)

Words: Darwin Wolford; William Fowler

Music: Darwin Wolford; Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Lead Me into Life Eternal

Words: John A. Widtsoe

Music: Alexander Schreiner

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Long, O Lord, Most Holy

Words: John A. Widtsoe

Music: B. Cecil Gates

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Choristers of Light

Words: Katherine Davis

Music: Katherine Davis

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Words: Theodulph of Orleans

Music: Melchior Teschner

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Alexander Schreiner

O Thou Rock of Our Salvation

Words: Joseph L. Townsend

Music: William Clayson

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Hope of Israel (Congregational)

Words: Joseph L. Townsend

Music: William Clayson

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Saturday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1978 Ensign — The Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, with organist Roy Darley, sang “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go” by Rounsefell/Darley (manuscript—not available), “O Lord God” by Tschesnokoff (Boston Music Co.), and “I Need Thee Every Hour” (Hymns, no. 79). The congregation sang “Come, Come, Ye Saints” (Hymns, no. 13).

I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go

Words: Mary Brown

Music: Carrie E. Rounsefell

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Arr.: Roy M. Darley

O Lord God

Words: Paul Chesnokov

Music: Paul Chesnokov

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

I Need Thee Every Hour

Words: Annie S. Hawks

Music: Robert Lowry

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Come, Come, Ye Saints (Congregational)

Words: William Clayton

Music: English folk song

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

General Priesthood Meeting(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1978 Ensign — The combined men’s chorus from the Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Jerold Ottley and Robert Bowden, with organist Robert Cundick, sang “Rise Up, O Men of God” (Hymns, no. 332), “Pilgrim’s Song” by Tchaikovsky (J. Fischer), and “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Koschat/Lyon (manuscript—not available). The congregation sang “Let Us All Press On” (Hymns, no. 98).

Rise Up, O Men of God

Words: William Pierson Merrill

Music: Frank W. Asper

Artist: Combined men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus

Pilgrim’s Song

Words: Tchaikovsky

Music: Tchaikovsky

Artist: Combined men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Words: James Montgomery

Music: Thomas Koschat

Artist: Combined men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus

Let Us All Press On (Congregational)

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Combined men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus

Sunday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1978 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Donald Ripplinger, with organist Robert Cundick, sang “God of Our Fathers” (Hymns, no. 54), “More Things Are Wrought by Prayer” by Elinor Warren (H. W. Gray), “‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love” (Hymns, no. 187), “Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings” (Hymns, no. 191), “I Believe in Christ” by Rhea Allen (Deseret Book), “Hallelujah (Mt. of Olives)” by Beethoven (Oliver Ditson Co.), “For I Am Called by Thy Name” by Crawford Gates (Sonos Music Resources), “I Will Greatly Rejoice” by Joseph Roff (Hope Pub. Co.), and “God Bless Our Prophet Dear” by Merrill Bradshaw (Merrill Bradshaw). The congregation sang “Redeemer of Israel” (Hymns, no. 195).

God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand

Words: Daniel C. Roberts

Music: George W. Warren

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

More Things Are Wrought by Prayer

Words: Elinor Remick Warren

Music: Elinor Remick Warren

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

’Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love

Words: George A. Manwaring

Music: Ebenezer Beesley

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings

Words: Mary Ann Morton

Music: Alfred M. Durham

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I Believe in Christ

Words: Bruce R. McConkie

Music: Rhea B. Allen

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Hallelujah (Mt. of Olives)

Words: Ludwig van Beethoven

Music: Ludwig van Beethoven

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

For I Am Called by Thy Name

Words: Crawford Gates

Music: Crawford Gates

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Crawford Gates

I Will Greatly Rejoice

Words: Joseph Roff

Music: Joseph Roff

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

God Bless Our Prophet Dear

Words: Bernard Snow

Music: Harry A. Dean

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Redeemer of Israel (Congregational)

Words: Joseph Swain

Music: Freeman Lewis

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sunday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1978 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Donald Ripplinger, with organist John Longhurst, sang “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah” (Hymns, no. 56), “Psalm 149” by Robert Manookin (Sonos Music Resources), and “Behold, This Is the Way” by Robert Cundick (manuscript—not available). The congregation sang “The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning” (Hymns, no. 213).

Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Words: William Williams

Music: John Hughes

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Psalm 149

Words: Robert Manookin

Music: Robert Manookin

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Behold, This Is the Way

Words: Robert Cundick

Music: Robert Cundick

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning (Congregational)

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Anon.

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir