SL09311 The Changing General Conference Rhetoric of the Latter-day Saint Prophets

Joseph Smith set the doctrinal table of Mormonism, and a number of succeeding prophets regularly paid homage to him and his distinctive ideas. However, beginning most identifiably with David O. McKay, presidential general conference rhetoric became less devoted to Joseph Smith’s ideas and more devoted to more traditional and historic common Christian themes.

Richard N. Armstrong