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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Post Conference Euphoria

The 179th Semiannual General Conference, October 2009 was wonderful (click on the previous link for all the English audio/ video/ and text, or here for any of the 98 languages). This conference, for the first time ever, the First Presidency decided to post the audio, video as well as the text of the Priesthood Session. Tim has been making an audio CD of the music of each conference for years. This conference for the first time you can download the music: Conference Music (you can make your own CD).

Conference Content
An interesting analysis of the content of conference is done by doing a "Wordle" Word Cloud from the text. The image on the left is an example (it and others can be found here: Conference Wordle). Another very cool site has a topic analysis (Oct-2009 Conference Statistics) showing the most mentioned topics and comparing over the last 10 and 30 years how they have changed.

Here is a list of the top topics of this conference:
1. 560 references to Christ
2. 421 references to Families/Children
3. 323 references to Women/Mothers
4. 289 references to Love
5. 189 references to Men/Fathers
6. 116 references to Prophets Names
7. 105 references to Prayer
8. 100 references to Faith
9. 96 references to Priesthood
10. 88 references to Adversity/Challenges
11. 80 references to Revelation
12. 76 references to Missionaries
13. 68 references to Youth
14. 66 references to Service
15. 66 references to Scriptures
16. 62 references to Temples

Elder Holland's Testimony
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon Sunday afternoon "Safety for the Soul" was sensational. One of our friends said "When Satan goes to sleep I think he checks under his bed for Jeffrey R. Holland". Here is the link to the Holland text, the Holland Audio and the Holland video on the Church web site. Like all the conference talks it is worth watching/listening to or reading again and again.


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