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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 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 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).

Redeemer of Israel (Congregational)

Words: Joseph Swain

Music: Freeman Lewis

Artist: Congregation

Now Let Us Rejoice (Congregational)

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Henry Tucker

Artist: Congregation

Come, Ye Children of the Lord (Congregational)

Words: James H. Wallis

Music: Spanish melody

Artist: Congregation

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).

For the Strength of the Hills

Words: Felicia D. Hemans

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love

Words: W. Walsham How

Music: Everett Titcomb

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Praise to the Lord

Words: Joachim Neander

Music: Stralsund Gesangbuch

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Jesus Once of Humble Birth

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: Giacomo Meyerbeer; English Chorister

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Come, We That Love the Lord

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: Aaron Williams

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Israel, Israel, God is Calling (Congregational)

Words: Richard Smyth

Music: Charles C. Converse

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

More Holiness Give Me

Words: Philip Paul Bliss

Music: Philip Paul Bliss

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

All Glory, Laud and Honor

Words: Theodulph of Orleans

Music: Melchior Teschner

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Most Holy Spirit

Words: Leroy J. Robertson

Music: Leroy J. Robertson

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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).

True to the Faith

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Combined Institute choir

There Is a Green Hill Far Away

Words: Cecil Frances Alexander

Music: John H. Gower

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Congregational)

Words: John Jaques

Music: Ellen Knowles Melling

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Still, Still With Thee

Words: Harriet B. Stowe

Music: Harry Shelley

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).

Beautiful Savior

Words: Anon.

Music: Silesian folk song

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

O My Father

Words: Eliza R. Snow

Music: James McGranahan

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

Rejoice, the Lord is King (Congregational)

Words: Charles Wesley

Music: Horatio Parker

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

Swell the Full Chorus

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

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).

Come, O Thou King of Kings

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: Anon.

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sweet is the Work

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: John J. McClellan

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Home’s Bright Love

Words: Orson Scott Card

Music: Lynn Shurtleff

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

But the Lord is Mindful of His Own

Words: Felix Mendelssohn

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: Mack Wilberg

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Virgil Thomson

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

Words: William Fowler

Music: Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words: Edward Hopper

Music: John Edgar Gould

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Lord’s Prayer

Words: Albert Hay Malotte

Music: Albert Hay Malotte

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Come Unto Jesus

Words: Orson Pratt Huish

Music: Orson Pratt Huish

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sunday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1981 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley, with Robert Cundick at the organ, sang “For Our Devotions, Father” (Hymns, no. 107), “O Divine Redeemer” by Gounod (Festival Anthems, out of print), and “God So Loved the World” by Stainer (The Choirbook, p. 28). The congregation sang “I Need Thee Ev’ry Hour” by Lowry (Hymns, no. 79).

For Our Devotions, Father

Words: Henry W. Naisbitt

Music: Joseph G. Fones

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

O Divine Redeemer

Words: Charles Gounod

Music: Charles Gounod

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I Need Thee Ev’ry Hour (Congregational)

Words: Annie S. Hawks

Music: Robert Lowry

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

God So Loved the World

Words: John Stainer

Music: John Stainer

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir