Post-Conference Blues? We Gotchu Fam.

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Conference weekend was lit — like, by spritual light.

“The greater light in our lives, the fewer shadows, ” said Elder Ian S. Arden during the Sunday afternoon session of conference; and it was a shadowless conference weekend to boot.

Some highlights:

  • President Nelson spelled out what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it prophecies, what it clarifies, and what it reveals. (This is a must read). 
  • Elder Neil L. Andersen went off-script to share with members what the late-Elder Hales had wanted to say to us.
  • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave a pointed sermon on perfectionism.
  • Elder Gary E. Stevenson reminded us of the importance of spiritually guided social media use.

In case you missed this great outpouring of spiritual light (or you just want to experience it again), all talks will be available in audio and video formats starting tomorrow, October 4th via the Gospel Library App. If you’re biting your nails in anticipation, feel free to placate yourself with the morsel-sized Talk Summaries from this conference session via LDS.org.

And if that doesn’t quite satiate your holy desires, allow me to introduce you to the new next best thing: the LDS General Conference Corpus.

Have you ever wondered how many times a certain word has been uttered in General Conference? Or had an itch that could only be scratched by 1851 musings of General Authorities? This is the site for you.

Using the search bar, simply enter a word and the site will give you a breakdown of the use of that word by year, and allow you to see in which context the word was used. There’s even the option to turn this data into a graph. For example:

The frequency with which the word “hell” has been uttered in General Conference.

Though the aesthetics of the page leave much to be desired, the site offers hours of fun and every conference talk from 1851 to April 2017 (thats 25 million words and around 10,000 talks). This site may be the best kept secret of the 21st century.

You’re welcome.

 

Gabriella is a psychology major, Westfalia-dweller, and expert bean-eater. Having spent the majority of her life living in the great Latin-American metropoles of Guatemala and Mexico, Gabriella continues to grapple with the eccentricities of suburban living.