This evening is the annual Young Women’s meeting (which I always associate with General Conference), and General Conference itself begins next week. Over the past few years I’ve come up with a few things that I focus on as I listen to each Conference, in addition to the messages, and I’m now wondering:
What do you listen for when you listen to Conference?
A couple of years ago I started looking for book references and quotations in Conference talks, and I’ve compiled lists after each General Conference. I also started looking for new terms used, trying to catch the next Standing for Something or Lengthen Your Stride. I try to incorporate the terms I find in the Mormon Terms project.
Of course, there is also a lot to look at in the content of Conference addresses. I know that they are indexed and organized by subject, and General Authorities each have their own styles, but I’d be interested to know if the addresses could also be categorized by some kind of sub-genres. I may try to look for that this time.
So, What things do you listen for when you listen to Conference?