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April 1981 General Conference Music

Apr 4–5, 1981

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, Apr 4, 1981, 10:00 AM

Saturday Afternoon Session
Saturday, Apr 4, 1981, 2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Session
Sunday, Apr 5, 1981, 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Session
Sunday, Apr 5, 1981, 2:00 PM

Other Sessions

General Young Women Meeting
Saturday, Mar 28, 1981, 6:00 PM

General Welfare Session
Saturday, Apr 4, 1981, 7:00 AM

General Priesthood Meeting
Saturday, Apr 4, 1981, 7:00 PM

Summary of Conference Music

The Tabernacle Choir furnished the choral numbers for the Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon sessions of the conference with Jerold Ottley and Donald H. Ripplinger conducting.

The music for the Saturday afternoon session was provided by the combined institute choir from Salt Lake, Weber, and Logan institutes of religion directed by Paul A. Hanks.

At the general priesthood meeting, a combined men’s choir from the Tabemacle Choir and the Mormon Youth Chorus furnished the music, directed by Robert C. Bowden.

Prelude, postlude, and interlude music and accompaniments on the Tabemacle organ throughout the conference sessions were played by Robert Cundick, John Longhurst, and Roy M. Darley, Tabemacle organists.


From the April 1981 Conference Report booklet


General Young Women Meeting(Return to top) Download Stream Online

Redeemer of Israel (Congregational)

Words: Joseph Swain

Music: Freeman Lewis

Now Let Us Rejoice (Congregational)

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Henry Tucker

Come, Ye Children of the Lord (Congregational)

Words: James H. Wallis

Music: Spanish melody

General Welfare Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1981 Ensign — Under the direction of Jerold Ottley, with Roy Darley as organist, the congregation sang three hymns; “Redeemer of Israel” by Lewis (Hymns, no. 195), “Now Let Us Rejoice” (Hymns, no. 118), and “Come, Ye Children of the Lord” (Hymns, no. 23).

For the Strength of the Hills

Artist: Congregation

Words: Felicia D. Hemans

Music: Evan Stephens

Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love

Artist: Congregation

Words: W. Walsham How

Music: Everett Titcomb

Praise to the Lord

Artist: Congregation

Words: Joachim Neander

Music: Stralsund Gesangbuch

Jesus Once of Humble Birth

Artist: Congregation

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: Giacomo Meyerbeer; English Chorister

Come, We That Love the Lord

Artist: Congregation

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: Aaron Williams

Israel, Israel, God is Calling (Congregational)

Artist: Congregation

Words: Richard Smyth

Music: Charles C. Converse

More Holiness Give Me

Artist: Congregation

Words: Philip Paul Bliss

Music: Philip Paul Bliss

All Glory, Laud and Honor

Artist: Congregation

Words: Theodulph of Orleans

Music: Melchior Teschner

Most Holy Spirit

Artist: Congregation

Words: Leroy J. Robertson

Music: Leroy J. Robertson

Saturday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1981 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Donald Ripplinger, with organist Robert Cundick, sang “For the Strength of the Hills” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 241), “Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love” by Titcomb (The Choirbook, p. 24), “Praise to the Lord” by Neander/Longhurst (Hymns, no. 150, Hymnal Plus, Sonos), “Jesus Once of Humble Birth” from the English Chorister (Hymns, no. 88), “Come, We That Love the Lord” by Williams (Hymns, no. 25), “More Holiness Give Me” by Bliss/Cundick (Hymns, no. 114, Hymnal Plus, Sonos), “All Glory, Laud and Honor” by Teschner/Schreiner (J. Fischer), and “Most Holy Spirit” by Robertson (The Choirbook, p. 41). The congregation sang “Israel, Israel, God is Calling” by Converse (Hymns, no. 81).

True to the Faith

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

There Is a Green Hill Far Away

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: Cecil Frances Alexander

Music: John H. Gower

Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Congregational)

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: John Jaques

Music: Ellen Knowles Melling

Still, Still With Thee

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: Harriet B. Stowe

Music: Harry Shelley

Saturday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1981 Ensign — A Combined Institute Choir from Salt Lake, Weber, and Logan Institutes, directed by Paul A. Hanks, with organist Roy Darley, sang “True to the Faith” by Stephens/Lyon (Choral Settings of Six LDS Hymns, Deseret Book Company), “There Is a Green Hill Far Away” by Gower/Lyon (Choral Settings of Six LDS Hymns, Deseret Book Company), and “Still, Still With Thee” by Shelley (Lorenz Publishing Company). The congregation sang “Oh Say, What Is Truth?” by Melling (Hymns, no. 143).

Beautiful Savior

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Words: Anon.

Music: Silesian folk song

O My Father

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Words: Eliza R. Snow

Music: James McGranahan

Rejoice, the Lord is King (Congregational)

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Words: Charles Wesley

Music: Horatio Parker

Swell the Full Chorus

Artist: Combined Institute choir

General Priesthood Meeting(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1981 Ensign — A Combined Men’s Choir from the Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, with Roy Darley at the organ, sang “Beautiful Savior,” 12th Century Crusader’s Hymn/Gundersen (manuscript not available), “O My Father” by McGranahan (Hymns, no. 139), and “Swell the Full Chorus” by Handel/Ohl (Plymouth Music Company). The congregation sang “Rejoice, the Lord is King” by Parker (Hymns, no. 151).

Come, O Thou King of Kings

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

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: Anon.

Sweet is the Work

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

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: John J. McClellan Jr.

Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise

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

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Home’s Bright Love

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

Words: Orson Scott Card

Music: Lynn Shurtleff

But the Lord is Mindful of His Own

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

Words: Felix Mendelssohn

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

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

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: Mack Wilberg

Arr.: Virgil Thomson

We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet (Congregational)

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

Words: William Fowler

Music: Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

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

Words: Edward Hopper

Music: John Edgar Gould

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Words: Albert Hay Malotte

Music: Albert Hay Malotte

Come Unto Jesus

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

Words: Orson Pratt Huish

Music: Orson Pratt Huish

Sunday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1981 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley, with organist John Longhurst, sang “Come, O Thou King of Kings” (Hymns, no. 20), “Sweet is the Work” by McClellan/Manookin (The Choirbook, p. 20), “Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 43.), “Home’s Bright Love,” by Shurtleff (The Choirbook, p. 65), “But the Lord is Mindful of His Own” by Mendelssohn (Mills Music), “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” by Thompson (H. W. Gray), “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” by Gould/Longhurst (Hymns, no. 121, Hymnal Plus, Sonos), “The Lord’s Prayer” by Malotte (G. Schirmer), and “Come Unto Jesus” by Huish (Hymns, no. 22). The congregation sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” by Norton (Hymns, no. 196).

For Our Devotions, Father

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: Henry W. Naisbitt

Music: Joseph G. Fones

O Divine Redeemer

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: Charles Gounod

Music: Charles Gounod

I Need Thee Ev’ry Hour (Congregational)

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: Annie S. Hawks

Music: Robert Lowry

God So Loved the World

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Words: John Stainer

Music: John Stainer