RECYCLING TALKS?

by Geoffrey Nelson

Those who google search things as they hear them (or have an excellent memory) may have noticed that President Monson’s priesthood session talk was primarily a retelling of a conference talk he gave in 1982, and his Sunday morning talk was a remix of one of his 1974 talks. This may be a surprise for some.

However surprising it might be, it is not new. Not even close. I first saw this explicitly when looking for a talk given by President McKay on meditation (it is an incredible talk by the way). Just go search corpus.BYU.edu/gc to find many other duplicated talks. It’s easiest to find them from a GA who served for a long time (President Hinckley also repeated talks) and if the talk had some unique words.

So go check it out for yourself and share what you find. Is there an age threshold at which we see talk duplication? Are there specific topics which are more likely to be repeated? Specific types of stories? Let’s explore.

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Geoff was born in Northern Utah and raised primarily in Central California. He received a BS in Biomedical Physics from Fresno State, a MS and PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford, and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah working as a Clinical Medical Physicist. He served his LDS Mission in Donetsk Ukraine. He's married and has two boys and two girls. He is currently the ward organist and primary pianist.

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