Very Careless In His Utterances: Editing, Correcting, And Censoring Conference Addresses

At the Sunday morning session of the October 2010 General Conference, President Boyd K.Packer gave a talk titled “Cleansing the Inner Vessel.” a few sentences and several words were changed from the spoken talk in the published talk posted on the Church’s website, Almost instantly, these changes and their significance were analyzed in the media and on the internet. Some suggested that this kind of editing is a common occurrence with general conference talks. Others asserted that the practice may not be unique, but is uncommon and even a monumental moment in Mormon history. This paper seeks to answer the question, how common is this kind of editing?

Joe Geisner, Lavina Fielding Anderson