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Michael Augsburger: general conference I remember best

Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, left, President Henry B. Eyring, center, and President Thomas S. Monson raise their right hands to sustain President Monson as prophet, seer, revelator and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the solemn assembly opening the the 178th Annual General Conference, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, April 5, 2008. (Deseret News archives) President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, left, President Henry B. Eyring, center, and President Thomas S. Monson raise their right hands to sustain President Monson as prophet, seer, revelator and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the solemn assembly opening the the 178th Annual General Conference, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, April 5, 2008. (Deseret News archives)

The general conference I remember the best was in April 2008 because it was the first following the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley.

The Saturday morning session began with what is referred to as a solemn assembly. I was a relatively new convert to the church at that time and it was something I had never experienced before. My wife had told me this is a sacred event and the last time she had experienced a solemn assembly was when President Hinckley had become the prophet.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, the new second counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the solemn assembly. It was an experience that I will never forget. I felt honored and proud to sustain the new First Presidency. My only regret was that I was not able to be in the Conference Center or Tabernacle for the solemn assembly.

Members of the Relief Society raise their right hands to sustain President Thomas S. Monson as prophet, seer, revelator and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the solemn assembly opening the 178th Annual General Conference, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 5, 2008. (Deseret News archives) Members of the Relief Society raise their right hands to sustain President Thomas S. Monson as prophet, seer, revelator and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the solemn assembly opening the 178th Annual General Conference, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City Saturday, April 5, 2008. (Deseret News archives)

It made for a very special general conference experience for me. It is the conference that I will always remember as the best, thus far.

Michael Augsburger is the football and basketball play-by-play announcer for KVEL-AM 920 doing primarily Uintah High School sports. He can be reached at mpaugsburger@yahoo.com.

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