25 years ago
President Gordon B. Hinckley, second counselor in the First Presidency, presided over the April 1983 general conference due to the absence of President Spencer W. Kimball and his first counselor, President Marion G. Romney.
An article in the Church News of April 10, 1983, reported: "President Hinckley noted that President Spencer W. Kimball was not able to attend the conference, but was watching the proceedings on television in his hotel apartment across the street. 'President Kimball is not in the hospital or a coma, as rumor would have it,' explained President Hinckley, 'but is weakened by age and the cumulative effects of his many surgeries."'
He also said that President Romney was feeling the effects of age and was excused.
President Hinckley assured the Church that the work of the First Presidency was not being neglected, the article stated.
President Ezra Taft Benson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve, conducted the opening and closing sessions of the conference, according to the article, with President Hinckley conducting the other sessions.