Conference Books — Spring 2013

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I should probably keep in mind, as I prepare this summary of the works cited in each Conference, that the custom of including footnotes listing the source documents for statements made in a text is relatively recent, and depends a lot on the preferences of the speaker and the expectations of the audience. Fifty years ago these footnotes were extremely unusual and 100 years ago they were unheard of.

Not that the discourses of 50 or 100 years ago didn’t include references to other works. They did, the custom just wasn’t to put that information in footnotes. The items from General Conference in my Sunday Literary Criticism Sermon series makes that clear.

Even today conference talks sometimes mention works that aren’t included in the footnotes. President Uchtdorf’s talk in the General Young Women’s meeting is a good example. He mentioned four literary works that all include some kind of journey: The Hobbit, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol and Journey to the West. But half of them didn’t appear in the footnotes.

Differences like this in how authors footnote their text may account for some of the variation in the number of works cited each conference, along with many other factors. This conference the number of works cited fell from 94 last Fall to 69 this conference, most likely because October’s conference included a number of heavily footnoted talks, which raised the number of footnotes over that of the previous conference by more than the drop to this conference—so over a year ago the number of citations increased slightly. This continues a long-term trend of providing more citations in Conference talks.

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Books

Periodical Articles

Manual

Other

  • “Strengthening the Family and the Church through the Priesthood,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, 2013
    • Ballard, M. Russell, “This Is My Work and Glory,” Saturday Morning Session
  • First Presidency. First Presidency Letter, 2/1/2013
    • Ballard, M. Russell, “This Is My Work and Glory,” Saturday Morning Session
  • Hinckley, Gordon B. “Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, 1/10/2004
    • Cook, Mary N., When You Save a Girl, You Save Generations, General Young Women Meeting
    • Dalton, Elaine S., We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father, Saturday Morning Session
  • Packer, Boyd K. Unfinished Composition 2012
    • Packer, Boyd K. These Things I Know, Saturday Morning Session
  • Richards, George F. Diary.
    • Callister, Tad R., The Power of the Priesthood in the Boy, Priesthood Session
  • Rodgers, Richard and Oscar Hammerstein II. “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma!, 1943.
    • Porter, Bruce D., Beautiful Mornings, Sunday Afternoon Session
  • “Practice, Celebration, Dedication: Temple Blessings in El Salvador.”
    • Dibb, Ann M., Your Holy Places, General Young Women Meeting
  • 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake
    • Davies, Dean M., A Sure Foundation, Saturday Morning Session
  • “Place” in Merriam-Webster Online
    • Dibb, Ann M., Your Holy Places, General Young Women Meeting
  • “Contrite,” in Oxford Dictionaries Online, 2013
    • Kopischke, Erich W., Being Accepted of the Lord, Sunday Afternoon Session
  • Personal email from President Paulo V. Kretly, 3/6/2013
    • Andersen, Neil L., It’s a Miracle, Sunday Morning Session
  • Personal interview with author, 2013
    • Cook, Mary N., When You Save a Girl, You Save Generations, General Young Women Meeting
  • Telephone conversation with Jackson Haight, 3/22/2013
    • Andersen, Neil L., It’s a Miracle, Sunday Morning Session
  • Welfare Services Emergency Response, “2012 Year in Review,” 2013
    • Oaks, Dallin H., Followers of Christ, Sunday Afternoon Session
  • youngandmormon.com, 2013
    • Andersen, Neil L., It’s a Miracle, Sunday Morning Session

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You can see the previous compilations of books cited in General conference here:Fall 2012
Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
October 2009
April 2009
October 2008
April 2008

3 comments: “Conference Books — Spring 2013

  1. Ardis e. Parshall

    These lists have become a traditional and eagerly anticipated post-Conference treat, Kent. Thanks for producing this one. After glancing it over this morning, I’ll enjoy spending more time considering it.

  2. Kent Larsen Post author

    Thanks, Ardis. I should have put it together much earlier—for some reason this year I just couldn’t get it done quickly.

    But, this is the 11th compilation.

  3. Th.

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    Not to nitpick as, like Ardis, I enjoy these posts immensely, but your youngandmormon link is broken….

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