What Don’t The Prophets Say Anymore?: A Text Analysis of General Conference, 1942-2020

One way to track the evolution of Mormon culture is to look at trends in both what is said and not said over the pulpit at general conference. Using modern data analytics tools, it is possible to observe terms, phrases, and citations going in and out of use over time. This talk will review some of the more notable changes over the last 80 years, including a speaker-level analysis that shows a significant divergence among current church leaders in their use of words associated with either grace or works.