Conference Books — Spring 2011

4.15.11 | | 6 comments

Looking at the books and outside materials cited in conference really highlights the unusual talks. Again a speaker referred to the story told in a recent film, but cited the book the film was based on. More unusual, one speaker cited an evangelical book about sharing the gospel and another cited two articles and a study widely discussed on the bloggernacle. Overall, the number of items remained the same, while the citations shifted from books to other items, mostly websites.

It was Elder Oaks this time who told the story known to many from a recent film. The story of Aron Ralston having to cut off his own arm is told in the film 127 Hours, but Elder Oaks cites Ralston’s 2004 book, on which the movie is based. A similar situation occurred a couple of years ago, when Elder Eyring told the story found in the movie Black Hawk Down, but cited the U.S. Army Field Manual.

Elder Uchtdorf, in his wonderful Sunday Morning discourse, Waiting on the Road to Damascus, quoted a saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (“Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words”), which was listed in the footnotes as coming from Share Jesus without Fear, by Christian writers William Fay and Linda Evans Shepherd. While it would be interesting to understand by this that Elder Uchtdorf read this book, we’ve been told before1 that assistants and even the librarians of the Church History Library are tasked with finding the sources for what the brethren have heard somewhere or other. I can’t help but think that an older source or more extensive search might have yielded another source.

Perhaps more interesting was Elder Cook’s citations to recent articles discussed on the bloggernacle. While he specifically mentioned Putnam and Campbell’s American Grace in the text of his address, the footnotes also refer to the Emily Matchar article on Salon “Why I Can’t Stop Reading Mormon Housewife Blogs” and Jennifer Moses’ Wall Street Journal article “Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?” Elder Cook therefore seems to be the most current, or to at least have the assistants most current. Perhaps someone there reads the bloggernacle? Or at least Mormon Times?

Regardless, here are the books and other outside sources mentioned or citied in the most recent General Conference:

Books

Periodicals

  • Collins, Simon “Put Family before Moneymaking Is Message from Festival,” New Zealand Herald, Feb. 1, 2010, A2.
    • Quentin L. Cook, LDS Women Are Incredible!, Saturday Morning Session
  • Deseret News Editorial, “A troubling marriage trend,” Deseret News, Nov. 22, 2010, A14.
    • Quentin L. Cook, LDS Women Are Incredible!, Saturday Morning Session
  • Johnston, Jerry Earl, “The Unity in a Ward’s Uniqueness,” Mormon Times, February 9, 2011, M1, M12.
    • Mary N. Cook, “Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me”, General Young Womens Meeting
  • Kita, Joe, “Bounce Back Chronicles,” Reader’s Digest, May 2009.
    • Lynn G. Robbins, What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?, Sunday Afternoon Session
  • Matchar, Emily, “Why I Can’t Stop Reading Mormon Housewife Blogs,” Salon, Jan. 15, 2011.
    • Quentin L. Cook, LDS Women Are Incredible!, Saturday Morning Session
  • Moses, Jennifer, “Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?,” Wall Street Journal, Mar. 19-20, 2011, C3.
    • Quentin L. Cook, LDS Women Are Incredible!, Saturday Morning Session
  • “Self-Propelled Task Force”, National Guardsman, May 1971.
    • Dallin H. Oaks, Desire, Saturday Afternoon Session
  • Scott, William J., “Forgot to Look Up,” Scott’s Monthly Magazine, Dec. 1867.
    • Ann M. Dibb, I Believe in Being Honest and True, General Young Women Meeting

Other

  • stats.allblacks.com.
    • Neil L. Andersen, Preparing the World for the Second Coming, Priesthood Session
  • Allphin, Jolene S., Tell My Story, Too..
    • H. David Burton, The Sanctifying Work of Welfare, Sunday Morning Session
  • Amacher, Amalie Hollenweger, unpublished history in possession of Paul V. Johnson.
    • Paul V. Johnson, More Than Conquerors through Him That Loved Us, Sunday Morning Session
  • Burton, Robert T., Journal of Robert T. Burton, Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Nov. 2-6, 1856.
    • H. David Burton, The Sanctifying Work of Welfare, Sunday Morning Session
  • Cohn, D’Vera and Richard Fry, “Women, Men, and the New Economics of Marriage,” Pew Research Center, Social and Demographic Trends, Jan 19, 2010. pewsocialtrends.org.
    • Quentin L. Cook, LDS Women Are Incredible!, Saturday Morning Session
  • Cox, Ray, interview by Dallin H. Oaks, Aug. 1, 1985, Mount Pleasant, Utah.
    • Dallin H. Oaks, Desire, Saturday Afternoon Session
  • dictionary.reference.com/brows/hope.
    • Steven E. Snow, Hope, Priesthood Session
  • thefreedictionary.com/guardian.
    • Elaine S. Dalton, Guardians of Virtue, General Young Womens Meeting
  • Going, Elder Sidney, Email correspondence with Elder Neil L. Andersen, Mar. 2011.
    • Neil L. Andersen, Preparing the World for the Second Coming, Priesthood Session
  • Going, Elder Sidney, Phone conversation with Elder Neil L. Andersen, Mar. 2011.
    • Neil L. Andersen, Preparing the World for the Second Coming, Priesthood Session
  • Horsford, President Maxwell, Kaikohe New Zealand Stake, Phone conversation with Elder Neil L. Andersen, Mar. 2011.
    • Neil L. Andersen, Preparing the World for the Second Coming, Priesthood Session
  • Kimball, Spencer W., “Be Ye Therefore Perfect,” devotional address, Salt Lake Institute of Religion, Jan. 10, 1975.
    • Walter F. Gonzalez, Followers of Christ, Saturday Morning Session
  • Kingsford, Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson, “Leaves from the Life of Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford,” Utah State Historical Society, Manuscript A 719.
    • Walter F. Gonzalez, Followers of Christ, Saturday Morning Session
  • “Miracle at Kapyong: The Story of the 213th”, film produced by Southern Utah University, 2002.
    • Dallin H. Oaks, Desire, Saturday Afternoon Session
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online, 2nd ed., 1989.
    • Mary N. Cook, “Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me”, General Young Womens Meeting
  • Widtsoe, John A., “Temple Worship,” lecture, Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City, Oct. 12, 1920.
    • Walter F. Gonzalez, Followers of Christ, Saturday Morning Session

You can see the previous compilations of books cited in General conference here:

Fall 2010
Spring 2010
October 2009
April 2009
October 2008
April 2008

Notes

1Ardis Parshall deserves credit for pointing this out to me a couple of years ago.

6 comments: “Conference Books — Spring 2011

  1. Kent Larsen Post author

    You’re right, Th., its in the public domain, and available on Google Books (this is the periodical article by William J. Scott — last one in the periodicals section).

  2. Th.

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    I’m sure many of the things you didn’t link to are available online — the only reason I linked to this one is because I was curious enough to look it up. Astonishing that someone just stumbled across it. Seems like there must be an intermediate source.

  3. Abel Keogh

    Wow. This is cool, Kent. Thanks for putting it together. I never realized how much outside material is used in a conference session until I read this.

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