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April 1997 General Conference Music

Apr 5–6, 1997

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 5, 1997, 10:00 AM

Saturday Afternoon Session
Saturday, Apr 5, 1997, 2:00 PM

Sunday Morning Session
Sunday, Apr 6, 1997, 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Session
Sunday, Apr 6, 1997, 2:00 PM

Other Sessions

General Young Women Meeting
Saturday, Mar 29, 1997

General Priesthood Session
Saturday, Apr 5, 1997, 6:00 PM

Summary of Conference Music

The Mormon Youth Chorus, conducted by Robert C. Bowden, provided music for the Saturday morning session of the conference. Linda Margetts was the organist.

Music for the Saturday afternoon session was provided by the Logan-Ogden combined Institute choirs, conducted by Don Castleton. Bonnie Goodliffe was the organist.

At the general priesthood session a Ricks College combined men’s choir provided the music. Kevin Brower and Steve Greason conducted the choir, and Richard Elliott was the organist.

The Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold Ottley and Craig Jessop, provided music for the Sunday morning and afternoon sessions. John Longhurst and Clay Christiansen were the organists.

Throughout the conference sessions, prelude, postlude, and interlude music and accompaniments on the Tabernacle organ were played by John Longhurst, Clay Christiansen, Richard Elliott, Bonnie Goodliffe, and Linda Margetts.


From the April 1997 Conference Report booklet


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

Faith in Every Footstep

Words: K. Newell Dayley

Music: K. Newell Dayley

Medley: Faith; Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey; To Be a Pioneer; Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked

Words: Beatrice Goff Jackson; Virginia M. Kammeyer; Ruth Muir Gardner; Elizabeth Fetzer Bates

Music: Michael F. Moody; Lynn R. Shurtleff; Ruth Muir Gardner; Elizabeth Fetzer Bates

Carry On (Congregational)

Words: Ruth May Fox

Music: Alfred M. Durham

Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter of God

Words: Jamie Glenn

Music: Jamie Glenn

Come, Come, Ye Saints (Congregational)

Words: William Clayton

Music: English folk song

Saturday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1997 Ensign — Music by the Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, with organist Linda S. Margetts: “They, the Builders of the Nation” (Hymns, no. 36); “Faith of Our Fathers” (Hymns, no. 84); “Praise to the Man” (Hymns, no. 27); “Sweet Is the Work” (arr. Bowden, unpublished, Hymns, no. 147); “Beautiful Savior” (arr. Cornwall, published by LDS Church, Children’s Songbook, 62).

They, the Builders of the Nation

Words: Ida Romney Alldredge

Music: Alfred M. Durham

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Faith of Our Fathers

Words: Frederick W. Faber

Music: Henri F. Hemy; James G. Walton

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Praise to the Man (Congregational)

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Scottish folk song

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Sweet Is the Work

Words: Isaac Watts

Music: John J. McClellan

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Arr.: Robert C. Bowden

Beautiful Savior

Words: Anon.

Music: Silesian folk song

Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Arr.: J. Spencer Cornwall

Saturday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1997 Ensign — Music by the Logan-Ogden Combined Institute Choirs, directed by Don Castleton, with organist Bonnie Goodliffe: “True to the Faith” (arr. Lyon, published by Deseret Book, Hymns, no. 254); “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” (arr. Cornwall, published by Pioneer Music Press, Hymns, no. 26); “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” (Hymns, no. 19); “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (arr. Dayley, published by Sonos, Children’s Songbook, 74).

True to the Faith

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Arr.: A. Laurence Lyon

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

Words: George A. Manwaring

Music: Sylvanus Billings Pond

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Arr.: J. Spencer Cornwall

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

Words: William Fowler

Music: Caroline E. Sheridan Norton

Artist: Combined Institute choir

I Feel My Savior’s Love

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

Music: K. Newell Dayley

Artist: Combined Institute choir

Arr.: K. Newell Dayley

General Priesthood Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1997 Ensign — Music by the Ricks College Combined Men’s Choirs, directed by Kevin Brower and Steve Dresen, with organist Richard Elliott: “Let the Mountains Shout for Joy” (published by LDS Church, The Choirbook [1980], 50); “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” (arr. Wolford, unpublished, Hymns, no. 129); “Come, Ye Children of the Lord” (Hymns, no. 58); “Lord, I Would Follow Thee” (arr. Jones, unpublished, Hymns, no. 220).

Let the Mountains Shout for Joy

Words: Evan Stephens

Music: Evan Stephens

Artist: Men’s choir from Ricks College

Where Can I Turn for Peace?

Words: Emma Lou Thayne

Music: Joleen Grant Meredith

Artist: Men’s choir from Ricks College

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Come, Ye Children of the Lord (Congregational)

Words: James H. Wallis

Music: Spanish melody

Artist: Men’s choir from Ricks College

Lord, I Would Follow Thee

Words: Susan Evans McCloud

Music: K. Newell Dayley

Artist: Men’s choir from Ricks College

Arr.: Jones

Sunday Morning Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1997 Ensign — Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold D. Ottley, with organist Clay Christiansen: “The Morning Breaks” (Hymns, no. 1); “O Thou, Before the World Began” (Hymns, no. 189); “Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee” (Hymns, no. 123); “With Songs of Praise” (Hymns, no. 71); “The Spirit of God” (Hymns, no. 2); “Faith in Every Footstep” (K. Newell Dayley, published by Jackman); “Come, Come, Ye Saints” (arr. Cornwall, published by Pioneer Music Press, Hymns, no. 30).

The Morning Breaks

Words: Parley P. Pratt

Music: George Careless

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

O Thou, Before the World Began

Words: William H. Turton

Music: Frank W. Asper

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee

Words: Lorin F. Wheelwright

Music: Lorin F. Wheelwright

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

With Songs of Praise

Words: Penelope Moody Allen

Music: Newel Kay Brown

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Spirit of God (Congregational)

Words: William W. Phelps

Music: Anon.

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Faith in Every Footstep

Words: K. Newell Dayley

Music: K. Newell Dayley

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Faith in Every Footstep: The Epic Pioneer Journey (Video Presentation)

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Come, Come, Ye Saints

Words: William Clayton

Music: English folk song

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: J. Spencer Cornwall

Sunday Afternoon Session(Return to top) Download Stream Online
From the May 1997 Ensign — Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Craig Jessop, with organist John Longhurst: “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah” (Hymns, no. 83); “I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns, no. 193); “How Firm a Foundation” (Hymns, no. 85); “Redeemer of Israel” (arr. Wilberg, unpublished, Hymns, no. 6).

Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Words: William Williams

Music: John Hughes

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I Stand All Amazed

Words: Charles H. Gabriel

Music: Charles H. Gabriel

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Firm a Foundation (Congregational)

Words: Robert Keen

Music: J. Ellis

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Redeemer of Israel

Words: Joseph Swain

Music: Freeman Lewis

Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Arr.: Mack Wilberg