Spencer W. Kimball as Public Speaker

Spencer W. Kimball as Public Speaker This paper presents a historical context and critique of President Spencer W. Kimball as public speaker and rhetorician, as manifest in his General Conference addresses as Church president from 1973–1985. By analyzing his speaking style, preparation, and organization, it becomes clear that President Kimball did not fit the traditional model of oratorical effectiveness. He was, nevertheless, able to profoundly affect Mormonism during his tenure as president.