Some of the Funniest Moments in General Conference History

hinckley_medium1President Hinckley – As usual, the prophet asked conference attendees to obey traffic laws and be courteous and careful in driving. He then added a caution for eager Cougar fans who may have been disposed to leaving the session in a rush.

“The BYU game will not be over for at least two hours,” President Hinckley said, drawing laughter from the congregation. “In fact, I’ve cut my talk a little short so that you — not I, but you — can watch it.”


jeffrey-r-holland-largeElder Holland

“So be kind regarding human frailty—your own as well as that of those who serve with you in a Church led by volunteer, mortal men and women. Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it.”



Elder Terence Vinson of the Seventy and the infamous LDS Conference fly incident.

gifford-nielsen-first-quorumElder Gifford Nielsen
Several years ago I needed to speak to the wife of one of the bishops in our stake, so I called their home. A young son answered the phone. I said, “Hello. Is your mother there?”

His reply: “Yes, she is. I’ll get her. Who is this?”

My response: “Tell her it’s President Nielsen.”

There was a short pause, and then, in a very animated voice, I heard, “Hey, Mom, President Hinckley’s on the phone!”

I can’t imagine what she must have been thinking. It had to be the longest walk to the phone she ever had. The thought did cross my mind: “Should I?” I didn’t, but we had quite a laugh. Now that I think about it, she must have been so disappointed just talking to me.

The Fist bump – Elder Bednard and Elder Perry



President Dieter F. UchtdorfPresident Uchtdorf (April 3, 2011)
“With so many social media resources and a multitude of more or less useful gadgets at our disposal, sharing the good news of the gospel is easier and the effects more far-reaching than ever before. In fact, I am almost afraid that some listening have already sent text messages like “He’s been speaking for 10 minutes and still no aviation analogy!” My dear young friends, perhaps the Lord’s encouragement to “open [your] mouths” might today include “use your hands” to blog and text message the gospel to all the world! But please remember, all at the right time and at the right place.”

The yawn seen around the world.

and lastly, who could forget the smiling guy from conference.  🙂



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22 Replies to “Some of the Funniest Moments in General Conference History”

  1. I’ll never forget the look – or the pause – as President Monson announced there was going to be a Temple in Rome, Italy… a magical moment not without its humour

    Another moment that stays in my mind is a picture of President Hinckley waving his walking stick – which he hated having to use, btw – at the crowd, as conference closed

  2. I think it was in the last conference, when they showed the video of the little kids singing. One of the boys winked at one of the the little girls.Cutest and funniest thing ever!

  3. President Hinckley when he challenged Elder Nelson to a duel under the tabernacle after conference (Oct 1997).

  4. When President Henry Eyering went off on a tangent one time during priesthood, mentioning that one of his neighbors went to prison. Hilarious moment

  5. It was raining outside and there was water dripping through the air vent directly onto the flower arrangement in front of the pulpit in the tabernacle when Pres. Kimball was speaking. Looked like a streak of light when the TV lights hit it.

  6. When Pres. Utchdorf lost his voice. “I’ve lost my voice. That’s one of the fundamental things I need.”

  7. The mom looking at her son after the age change was annouced. my absolute favorite was when LeGrand Richards stood up to the pulpit and fell over backwardsand had to be helped up. His comment was great.

  8. Elder LeGrand Richards went past his allotted time and stated “oops I got the clip” meaning it was time for him to end his talk.

  9. I don’t remember if it was a General Conference, but one of the funniest things I’ve seen was when President Monson was conducting (President Hinckley presiding) and he said something like: “We will now hear from our beloved Prophet, President Hinckley”. Pres. Monson then walks back to his seat and you can see Pres. Hinckley frantically pointing him back to the pulpit. Then Pres. Monson goes back to the pulpit and says: “Oh right, the [opening] prayer first!” That was great!

  10. When President Hinckley was announced as the concluding speaker for the Sunday afternoon session, followed by the name of the closing hymn, President Hinckley came forward and he said, “Brothers and Sisters, I invite you to awake, but please do not arise until I have finished speaking.”

  11. President Uchtdorf – “You may be wondering what this has to do with flying an airplane. Let me tell you.”

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