Have a father and son ever spoken in the same general conference?

by | Oct. 06, 2020

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his son, Elder Matthew S. Holland of the Seventy, both shared remarks during the October 2020 general conference. But is this the first time two related individuals have spoken in the same conference?

In an article for Deseret News, Tad Walch offers an answer that may surprise you. He cites three examples in which a father and son have spoken in the same conference: 

  • President Boyd K. Packer, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his son Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy both spoke in April 2009 and October 2014 conferences
  • President Gordon B. Hinckley and his son Elder Richard G. Hinckley of the Seventy both spoke in April 2006
  • Once before, when he was 16 years old, now-Elder Matthew S. Holland spoke with his father, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in April 1983

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But it doesn’t stop at father-son relationships. As Walch points out, brothers have also spoken in the same general conference meeting as well. 

“Elder L. Whitney Clayton, who was granted emeritus status on Saturday after 19 years as a General Authority Seventy, spoke in the same April 2017 conference as his younger brother Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, also a Seventy,” he states in the article. Additionally, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his brother Elder Richard B. Wirthlin of the Seventy spoke together in October 1997. 

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The article also mentions an even rarer father-daughter combination of speakers. Walch shares this and more things he learned about the Church during general conference in his article, which you can read at Deseret News.

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