Conference Prayers 2002-2012, a reference

It is come to our attention that some people seem to remember women offering prayers in General Conference. While there is missing data from October 2007 that keeps that door cracked slightly, the overwhelming evidence is that members of the Seventy and Presiding Bishopric have offered all the General Conference prayers for the past ten years and likely beyond. For your reference, here is a listing of nearly all of the invocation/benedictions from the past ten years of General Conference.

This data is pulled from the summary of General Conference found in each Ensign (references below). October 2012 did not include a summary, so these were pulled from the session videos. October 2007 was unavailable in both the Ensign and video.

UPDATE: October 2007 data has been found (thanks, Ziff!).

2012

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Kevin R. Duncan
Benediction: Juan A. Uceda

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Gerrit W. Gong
Benediction: Elder Jose L. Alonso

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Jay E. Jensen
Benediction: Elder Patrick Kearon

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Marlin K. Jensen
Benediction: Elder Keith R. Edwards

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Octoviano Tenorio
Benediction: Elder Larry W. Gibbons

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder John B. Dickson.
Benediction: Elder Wilford W. Andersen

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder William R. Walker.
Benediction: Elder Bruce A. Carlson.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Yoon Hwan Choi.
Benediction: Elder Larry R. Lawrence.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Brent H. Nielson.
Benediction: Elder Per G. Malm.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder W. Craig Zwick.
Benediction: Elder Jairo Mazzagardi.

 

2011

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Gary J. Coleman.
Benediction: Elder Lowell M. Snow.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Won Yong Ko.
Benediction: Elder Bradley D. Foster.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Richard G. Hinckley.
Benediction: Elder Koichi Aoyagi.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky.
Benediction: Elder James B. Martino.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder F. Michael Watson.
Benediction: Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer.

 

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Allan F. Packer.
Benediction: Elder Dale G. Renlund.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Kevin W. Pearson.
Benediction: Elder Michael T. Ringwood.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Rafael E. Pino.
Benediction: Elder Joseph W. Sitati.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Gary E. Stevenson.
Benediction: Elder Tad R. Callister.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder José A. Teixeira.
Benediction: Elder Kent D. Watson.

 

2010

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Octaviano Tenorio.
Benediction: Elder Eduardo Gavarret.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Claudio D. Zivic.
Benediction: Elder Jorge F. Zeballos.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis.
Benediction: Elder James J. Hamula.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Gérald Caussé.
Benediction: Elder Carlos A. Godoy.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge.
Benediction: Bishop H. David Burton.

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi.
Benediction: Elder Erich W. Kopischke.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Lynn G. Robbins.
Benediction: Elder Craig C. Christensen.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Keith K. Hilbig.
Benediction: Elder Michael John U. Teh.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Kenneth Johnson.
Benediction: Elder Wolfgang H. Paul.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Christoffel Golden Jr.
Benediction: Bishop Richard C. Edgley.

 

2009

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder John M. Madsen.
Benediction: Elder Clate W. Mask Jr.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Carlos H. Amado.
Benediction: Elder Robert S. Wood.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander.
Benediction: Elder Lance B. Wickman.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Glenn L. Pace.
Benediction: Elder Enrique R. Falabella

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Marlin K. Jensen.
Benediction: Elder W. Douglas Shumway.

 

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Charles Didier.
Benediction: Elder William W. Parmley.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Spencer J. Condie.
Benediction: Elder Douglas L. Callister.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Bruce D. Porter.
Benediction: Elder Shirley D. Christensen

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Daryl H. Garn.
Benediction: Elder Donald L. Hallstrom.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Spencer V. Jones.
Benediction: Elder Robert C. Oaks.

 

2008

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Shayne M. Bowen.
Benediction: Elder Craig A. Cardon.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder James M. Dunn.
Benediction: Elder Don R. Clarke.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder David S. Baxter.
Benediction: Elder Keith R. Edwards.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Earl C. Tingey.
Benediction: Elder Daniel L. Johnson.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Paul B. Pieper.
Benediction: Elder Marcus B. Nash.

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen.
Benediction: Elder Ulisses Soares.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Gary J. Coleman.
Benediction: Elder Stanley G. Ellis.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Mervyn B. Arnold.
Benediction: Elder Larry W. Gibbons

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Anthony D. Perkins.
Benediction: Elder Benjamín De Hoyos.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder C. Scott Grow.
Benediction: Elder Bruce C. Hafen.

 

2007

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Gene R. Cook
Benediction: Elder David F. Evans

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Kenneth Johnson
Benediction: Elder Richard G. Hinckley

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Earl C. Tingey
Benediction: Elder Robert K. Dellenbach

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder W. Rolfe Kerr
Benediction: Elder Wolfgang H. Paul

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Robert S. Wood
Benediction: Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Robert F. Orton.
Benediction: Elder Paul E. Koelliker.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Lowell M. Snow.
Benediction: Elder R. Conrad Schultz.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Wayne S. Peterson.
Benediction: Elder Paul V. Johnson.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Robert K. Dellenbach.
Benediction: Elder Won Yong Ko.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder H. Ross Workman.
Benediction: Elder D. Rex Gerratt.

 

2006

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Merrill J. Bateman.
Benediction: Elder Richard J. Maynes.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Dale E. Miller.
Benediction: Elder Gene R. Cook.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Clate W. Mask Jr.
Benediction: Elder W. Craig Zwick.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Carl B. Pratt.
Benediction: Elder W. Douglas Shumway.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Jay E. Jensen.
Benediction: Elder Donald L. Staheli.

 

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Claudio R. M. Costa.
Benediction: Elder Neil L. Andersen.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr.
Benediction: Elder Glenn L. Pace.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Ronald T. Halverson.
Benediction: Elder Robert J. Whetten.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder H. Bryan Richards.
Benediction: Elder Marlin K. Jensen.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Lance B. Wickman.
Benediction: Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander

2005

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Harold G. Hillam.
Benediction: Elder Darwin B. Christenson.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder John H. Groberg.
Benediction: Elder F. Melvin Hammond.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Stephen B. Oveson.
Benediction: Elder Adhemar Damiani.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder F. Burton Howard.
Benediction: Elder Ned B. Roueché.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie.
Benediction: Elder Dennis E. Simmons.

 

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Earl C. Tingey.
Benediction: Elder Robert K. Dellenbach.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder John M. Madsen.
Benediction: Elder W. Rolfe Kerr.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder D. Todd Christofferson.
Benediction: Elder Francisco J. Viñas.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi.
Benediction: Elder Shirley D. Christensen.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Carlos H. Amado.
Benediction: Elder William W. Parmley.

 

2004

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Keith Crockett.
Benediction: Elder D. Rex Gerratt.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Stephen A. West.
Benediction: Elder Gordon T. Watts.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Bishop Keith B. McMullin.
Benediction: Elder Merrill C. Oaks

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder E. Ray Bateman.
Benediction: Elder Spencer V. Jones.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Val R. Christensen.
Benediction: Elder Quentin L. Cook.

 

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Ronald A. Rasband.
Benediction: Elder Wayne S. Peterson

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder L. Whitney Clayton.
Benediction: Elder Steven E. Snow.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Christoffel Golden Jr.
Benediction: Elder Craig C. Christensen.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Walter F. González.
Benediction: Elder James M. Dunn.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Robert F. Orton.
Benediction: Elder Daryl H. Garn

 

2003

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder F. Melvin Hammond.
Benediction: Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder D. Lee Tobler.
Benediction: Elder Keith K. Hilbig.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder William R. Bradford.
Benediction: Elder H. Ross Workman.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Angel Abrea.
Benediction: Elder Keith Crockett.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Cree-L Kofford.
Benediction: Elder Douglas L. Callister.

 

April

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder J. Kent Jolley.
Benediction: Elder Gerald N. Lund.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Donald L. Staheli.
Benediction: Elder Duane B. Gerrard.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Lynn G. Robbins.
Benediction: Elder Spencer J. Condie.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder William R. Walker.
Benediction: Elder Dale E. Miller.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Charles Didier.
Benediction: Elder John H. Groberg.

 

2002

October

Saturday Morning

Invocation: Elder Ben B. Banks.
Benediction: Elder Richard D. Allred.

Saturday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Charles Didier.
Benediction: Elder Athos M. Amorim.

Priesthood Session

Invocation: Elder Lynn G. Robbins.
Benediction: Elder Donald L. Hallstrom.

Sunday Morning

Invocation: Elder Earl M. Monson.
Benediction: Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen.

Sunday Afternoon

Invocation: Elder Harold G. Hillam.
Benediction: Elder Jerald L. Taylor.

 


Notes

“Conference Summary for the 172nd Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2002, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 173rd Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2003, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 173rd Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2003, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 174th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2004, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 174th Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2004, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 175th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2005, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 175th Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2005, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 176th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2006, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 176th Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2006, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 177th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2007, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 178th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2008, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 178th Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2008, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 179th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2009, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 179th Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2009, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 180th Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2010, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 180th Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2010, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 181st Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2011, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 181st Semiannual General Conference,” Ensign, November 2011, 2–3.

“Conference Summary for the 182nd Annual General Conference,” Ensign, May 2012, 2–3.

For October 2012, watch each session of the entire conference video, found at http://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2012/10?lang=eng


 

 

 

Comments

  1. So what you’re saying is that there was something unusual about the October 2007 GC and there is some sort of conspiracy to cover it up?

  2. Here’s the missing data for October 2007:
    2007
    October
    Saturday Morning
    Invocation: Elder Gene R. Cook
    Benediction: Elder David F. Evans
    Saturday Afternoon
    Invocation: Elder Kenneth Johnson
    Benediction: Elder Richard G. Hinckley
    Priesthood Session
    Invocation: Elder Earl C. Tingey
    Benediction: Elder Robert K. Dellenbach
    Sunday Morning
    Invocation: Elder W. Rolfe Kerr
    Benediction: Elder Wolfgang H. Paul
    Sunday Afternoon
    Invocation: Elder Robert S. Wood
    Benediction: Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky

    Source: Conference Reports at the Internet Archive

  3. Way to go Ziff!

  4. The October 2007 Conference Report (plus conference reports going back to about April 1880) may be found here – http://archive.org/details/conferencereport

    First Session Sat AM – Elder Gene R Cook, invocation; Elder David F Evans, benediction
    Second Session Sat PM – Elder Kenneth Johnson, invocation; Elder Richard G. Hinckley, benediction
    General Priesthood Session Sat PM – Elder Earl C. Tingey, invocation; Elder Robert K. Dellenbach, benediction
    Fourth Session Sun AM – Elder W. Rolfe Kerr, invocation; Elder Wolfgang H. Paul, benediction
    Fifth Session Sun PM – Elder Robert S. Wood, invocation; Elder Paul K. Sybrowsky, benediction

  5. Ziff, you type too fast

  6. Thanks, LRC! It’s rare to have that accusation leveled at me. :)

  7. I was really hoping for a conspiracy :)

  8. Thank you so much for pulling this data together. hoping the OP can update the original post to reflect the 2007 data given in the comments.

  9. People have been saying that the Office of the Seventy assigns prayers within the Quorums of the Seventy. But if Presiding Bishops offer prayers this often, maybe that’s not true after all.

  10. I notice several repeats here, so if the excuse is ” women don’t pray so all the 70 s get a chance” that is incorrect, too.

  11. whizzbang says:

    Sister Mary N. Cook gave the opening prayer at the 1st Pres. Christmas devotional this past year
    http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/watch/christmas-devotional/2012/12?lang=eng&vid=2006359549001

  12. And Sister Barbara Thompson gave the closing prayer at the 1st Presidency Christmas devotional the year before that: http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/watch/christmas-devotional/2011/12?lang=eng&vid=1309616245001

  13. Kevin Barney says:

    I’m confident that when people remember women praying at GC they are conflating events such as those Christmas devotionals.

  14. The Other Clark says:

    Or remembering the semi-annual RS and YW conferences that are held the week prior to GC.

  15. I’m not sure where to post this query; figured this spot is as good as any.

    I, too, would love to see women pray and speak more in GC. I’m a big fan of breaking down those gender barriers in the church that are cultural, not doctrinal, though I recognize that not everyone agrees on how that culture/doctrine dichotomy shakes out.

    Here’s my only hesitation: There are way more male GAs than the female equivalent, arguably Pr, RS, YW general presidencies, so 9 women total. (I would actually like some more exposure to the women who sit on those boards but that’s a different topic.) I think it’s good for members of the Church to be exposed to more GAs than just the Q12 and FP, partly because there is significantly more diversity among members of the Seventy* and partly because I like knowing who someone is when they are called to be an apostle. It’s interesting to scan this list and realize how many names I recognize because they are now apostles/Pres of the Seventy/another high profile calling. So here’s the question: How could someone in charge go about balancing these two needs, of giving more face time to women and at the same time continuing to expose us to members of the Seventy that we wouldn’t otherwise know?

    *Think how much whiter GC would be if we traded talks and prayers by Seventies for more talks and prayers by female members of general presidencies.

  16. whizzbang says:

    @15-that’s the problem that you hear ocassionally from the brethren themselves, ‘we would have liked to have heard from them all” You can’t have days and days of conference and so you just need to give whatever the time there is to the 70′s and General Auxillary leadership to speak for 10 minutes maybe and most of them only speak once in their time in the general council’s of the Church. There are a few of the Apostles I would glady trade in to hear more from others! but that’s my hang up

  17. @Anna, if we count the general boards of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary, the numbers start to even out a bit.

  18. That’s an awful lot of repeats on that list, and a lot of them are seventies and presiding bishopric members that made impressions on me over the years. I was surprised by how many I remember both their faces and – in some cases – their accents!

  19. DisgruntledActiveSingleMormon says:

    I would not be opposed to a woman praying in conference, but dwelling on this topic is like Sports Center making most of its broadcast about the Manti Te’o/Lance Armstrong/Brett Favre etc. debacle for days upon end: it gets old. One miracle at a time people…

  20. #19 – that allowing women to pray in GC can seriously be regarded a ‘miracle’ is exactly part of the problem.

  21. Apparently the Church responded Wednesday:

    “Decisions on speakers and prayers at General Conference were made several weeks ago and assignments were given to the men and women involved last week. Customarily, details of the conference programs are not announced until General Conference.”

    If they did in fact assign a woman to give a prayer in conference this time around, this is definitely a win-win PR response to separate the Church from the “later” campaign. Clever usage of ‘speakers and prayers’ to allow the inclusion of the term “men and women” in the response while keeping it ambiguous! Well played!

  22. Chad Hammond says:

    Two easy to find examples.

    Saturday Evening, March 24, 2012, General Young Women Meeting
    Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: Elaine S. Dalton. Invocation: Abigail Pinegar. Benediction: Katee Elizabeth Garff

    Saturday Evening, September 24, 2011, General Relief Society Meeting
    Presiding: President Thomas S. Monson. Conducting: Julie B. Beck. Invocation: Barbara C. Bradshaw. Benediction: Sandra Rogers.

  23. “The women get their own meeting the week before conference, and they get to pray there. That’s pretty much the exact same thing as praying at general conference.”

  24. I thought it was well established that RS and YW are *not* conference sessions. The church newsroom states that clearly. Plus, they are annual, not semi-annual.

    On an unrelated note, can I mention how awesome the name “Gerrit Gong” is? (under October 2012 Saturday morning session)

  25. Just playing devil’s advocate…. They are inlcuded in the Conference Report, so maybe the RS and YW meetings get half credit?

  26. Let’s be careful not to make the mistake of bashing the RS and YW meetings in the interest of equality. I’m not saying anyone here has done that exactly and I understand the intentions behind these statements, but I can think of plenty of instances of what you might term “reverse misogynism” by Mormon and non-Mormon feminists. If we want female leadership and counsel to be taken seriously in the Church then WE need to take female leadership and counsel seriously in the Church. Saying things like “RS and YW meetings get half credit” (25) and, with obvious sarcasm, that praying at those meetings is “pretty much the exact same thing as praying at general conference” (23) veers a little to close to this territory for my comfort.

  27. Anna K, I take your point and agree to a certain extent. However, the bottom line is that the RS and YW meetings are held a week apart from General Conference, are presided over by a man, and have an audience that is exclusively women. They ARE different for these purposes.

  28. Karen H, just so. And I think the all-female audience is the critically important piece–we already know that the powers that be are happy to let women have some degree of autonomy in their own organization. One of the important symbolic valences of a woman praying in General Conference would be the implication that women are regarded as important partners with men in the affairs of the whole church, not just in their separate and sorta kinda equal sphere.

  29. Yep, I agree with you, Karen H (27) and Kristine (28). And I agree that asking women to pray at GC would send a message and serve a purpose that is different than asking women to pray at the RS and YW meetings, which already happens but is also valuable. My only point was that criticism of the venues and ways in which women DO already contribute–which I saw a hint of in a couple of these comments–doesn’t further the cause.

  30. Anna K, while sarcastic/dismissive belittling of women’s meetings is uncalled for, it’s simply a fact that according to the church, the YW/RS Broadcasts are not part of General Conference. So, sure, we can try to make a cultural change by elevating their esteem in our minds at the grassroots level, and that’s not a bad idea. But it’s not “belittling” or “reverse misogyny” or “criticism of the venue” to state the (sad) fact that praying at those meetings does not count as praying in general conference. Not any more than saying “women can’t be called bishops in the church” belittles women or is reverse misogyny or criticism. Going around saying the opposite–”women can be called as bishops!” is just not true. These are statements about the standing of women and their meetings from the perspective of the church hierarchy, not the perspective of the person making the observation.

  31. Just for a little continuation of these numbers. Of the 153 men who gave prayers in GC from 2002-2012:
    4 of these men prayed 3 different times,
    47 of these men prayed 2 different times, and
    102 of these men prayed 1 time.
    I haven’t looked up of these men, who have spoken as well as prayed, but I know just from memory (and a quick look up to verify my memory) that 2 of the men who prayed 1 time also each spoke 1 time in the past ten years (Cecil O. Samuelson Jr. and Gerrit W. Gong).

  32. Chad H – you are confusing the Ensign conference issues with the official conference reports. The official reports do not include the women’s annual meetings. They don’t even mention the women’s annual meetings.

    On the other hand, the official reports do report on and include the Priesthood meetings. And when we had Welfare sessions and Bishoprics sessions, they reported the times and dates when those meetings were held (but did not include any notes on those meetings).

    And since General Conferences used to have 3 days of general sessions instead of 2 (until the mid-1970s), that means even more men were praying. Most often it was stake presidents or former mission presidents.

    Clearly, we have a tradition of men only praying in General Conference. Now that we’ve got an established tradition of women speaking in conference, it seems reasonable that women should be included in the prayer shuffle as well.

    The LDS Church Public Affairs Department is more than willing to tell the world how women preach and pray in meetings every Sunday. Isn’t it about time women prayed in General Conference meetings as well?

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