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October 1981 General Conference Music

Oct 3–4, 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, Oct 3, 1981, 10:00 AM

Saturday Afternoon Session
Saturday, Oct 3, 1981, 2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Session
Sunday, Oct 4, 1981, 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Session
Sunday, Oct 4, 1981, 2:00 PM

Other Sessions

General Relief Society Meeting
Saturday, Sep 26, 1981

General Welfare Session
Saturday, Oct 3, 1981, 7:00 AM

General Priesthood Meeting
Saturday, Oct 3, 1981, 7:00 PM

Summary of Conference Music

The Salt Lake Tabemacle 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 a Primary children’s choir from the Ogden Cliffview, Mt. Lewis, and Ben Lomond regions directed by Vanja Y. Watkins.

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

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


From the October 1981 Conference Report booklet


General Welfare Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1981 Ensign — Under the direction of Donald Ripplinger, with Roy Darley as organist, the congregation sang three hymns: “Improve the Shining Moments” by Baird (Hymns, no. 73), “Do What is Right” by Kaillmark (Hymns, no. 27), and “How Firm a Foundation” (Hymns, no. 66).

Improve the Shining Moments (Congregational)

Words: Robert B. Baird

Music: Robert B. Baird

Artist: Congregation

Do What is Right (Congregational)

Words: Anon.

Music: George Kaillmark

Artist: Congregation

How Firm a Foundation (Congregational)

Words: Robert Keen

Music: J. Ellis

Artist: Congregation

Saturday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1981 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley, with John Longhurst as organist, sang “All Creatures of Our God and King” (Hymns, no. 4), “Father in Heaven” by Flemming/Longhurst (Hymns, no. 34; Hymnal Plus, Sonos), “Now We Sing Thy Praise” by Tschesnokoff (Belwin Mills), “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Koschat (Hymns, no. 104), “Faith of Our Fathers” by Hemy/Walton (manuscript, not available), “Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars” by Rogers (Ditson), “O My Father” by McGranahan (Hymns, no. 138), and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by Lutkin (The Choirbook, p. 46, Corporation of the President). The congregation sang “Come, Ye Children of the Lord” (Hymns, no. 23).

All Creatures of Our God and King

Words: St. Francis of Assisi

Music: German hymn

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Father in Heaven

Words: Angus S. Hibbard

Music: Friedrich F. Flemming

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Now We Sing Thy Praise

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Words: James Montgomery

Music: Thomas Koschat

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Faith of Our Fathers

Words: Frederick W. Faber

Music: Henri F. Hemy; James G. Walton

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Come, Ye Children of the Lord (Congregational)

Words: James H. Wallis

Music: Spanish melody

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

O My Father

Words: Eliza R. Snow

Music: Lowell Mason

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Words: Peter Lutkin

Music: Peter Lutkin

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Saturday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1981 Ensign — A Primary children’s choir from the Ogden, Cliffview, Mt. Lewis, and Ben Lomond regions, directed by Vanja Y. Watkins, with organist Roy Darley, sang “I Know My Father Lives” by Nibley (Sing with Me B-39), “I Am a Child of God” by Pettit (Sing with Me B-76), “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story” by Lloyd (Sing with Me B-69), “I Feel My Savior’s Love” by Dayley (1982 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation, p. 10), “A Young Man Prepared” by Carter (Merrie Miss B/Blazer B/Sunday School Course 11 manual, 1981), “I Can Follow God’s Plan for Me” by Watkins (Merrie Miss B/Blazer B/Sunday School Course 11 manual, 1981), “I Can Be Valiant” by Watkins (Valiant Course A manual, 1981), “I Love to See the Temple” by Perry (1981 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation, p. 9), “Families Can Be Together Forever” by Watkins (1981 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation, p. 10), and “I Am a Child of God” by Pettit (Sing with Me B-76). The congregation sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” by Norton (Hymns, no. 196).

I Know My Father Lives

Words: Reid N. Nibley

Music: Reid N. Nibley

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Am a Child of God

Words: Naomi Ward Randall

Music: Mildred Tanner Pettit

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Think When I Read That Sweet Story

Words: Jemima Luke

Music: Leah Ashton Lloyd

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Feel My Savior’s Love

Words: Ralph Rodgers Jr.; K. Newell Dayley; Laurie A. Huffman

Music: K. Newell Dayley

Artist: Primary children’s choir

A Young Man Prepared

Words: Daniel L. Carter

Music: Daniel L. Carter

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Can Follow God’s Plan for Me

Words: Vanja Y. Watkins

Music: Vanja Y. Watkins

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Can Be Valiant

Artist: Primary children’s choir

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

Words: William Fowler

Music: Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Love to See the Temple

Words: Janice Kapp Perry

Music: Janice Kapp Perry

Artist: Primary children’s choir

Families Can Be Together Forever

Words: Ruth Muir Gardner

Music: Vanja Y. Watkins

Artist: Primary children’s choir

I Am a Child of God

Words: Naomi Ward Randall

Music: Mildred Tanner Pettit

Artist: Primary children’s choir

General Priesthood Meeting(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1981 Ensign — A combined men’s choir from the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Jerold Ottley and Robert C. Bowden, with organist Roy Darley, sang “See, the Mighty Angel Flying” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 342), “Abide Ye in the Liberty” by Manookin (Sonos), and “O Say What is Truth” by Melling/Lyon (Choral Settings for Six LDS Hymns, Deseret Book). The congregation sang “Redeemer of Israel” by Lewis (Hymns, no. 195).

See, the Mighty Angel Flying

Words: Robert B. Thompson

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Combined men’s choir

Abide Ye in the Liberty

Artist: Combined men’s choir

Redeemer of Israel (Congregational)

Words: Joseph Swain

Music: Freeman Lewis

Artist: Combined men’s choir

O Say What is Truth

Words: John Jaques

Music: Ellen Knowles Melling

Artist: Combined men’s choir

Sunday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1981 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Donald Ripplinger, with Robert Cundick at the organ, sang “Come, We That Love the Lord” by Williams (Hymns, no. 25), “The Morning Breaks” by Carless/Lyon (Choral Settings for Six LDS Hymns, Deseret Book), “Truth Eternal” by Schreiner (Hymns, no. 189), “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” by Edwards/Cundick (Hymns, no. 95; Hymnal Plus, Sonos), “How Lovely Are the Messengers” by Mendelssohn (Ditson), “An Angel from on High” by Tullidge (Hymns, no. 224 and no. 300), and “In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions” by MacDermid/Mott/Cott (Forster). The congregation sang “Shall the Youth of Zion Falter” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 157).

Come, We That Love the Lord

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: Aaron Williams

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Morning Breaks

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: George Careless

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Truth Eternal

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: Alexander Schreiner

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Shall the Youth of Zion Falter? (Congregational)

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Words: Samuel Medley

Music: Lewis D. Edwards

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Lovely Are the Messengers

Words: Felix Mendelssohn

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

An Angel from on High

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: John E. Tullidge

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions

Words: James G. MacDermid

Music: James G. MacDermid

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sunday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the November 1981 Ensign — The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley, with organist John Longhurst, sang “Arise, My Soul, Arise” by Careless (Hymns, no. 227), “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes” by Sowerby (Boston Music), and “Abide With Me; ’Tis Eventide” by Millard/Manookin (Sonos). The congregation sang “Let Us All Press On” by Stephens (Hymns, no. 98).

Arise, My Soul, Arise

Words: Charles Wesley; Wesley’s Collection

Music: George Careless

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Let Us All Press On (Congregational)

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Abide With Me; ’Tis Eventide

Words: M. Lowrie Hofford

Music: Harrison Millard

Artist: Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir