Fat Mo here, and I'm still working on my Boyd K. Packer research. I'm writing this from 500 North Provo in front of the Mighty Baker where my son works as a pastry chef. I'm waiting to pick him up & take him up to the Restaurant Depot in Salt Lake. Tonight & for the next couple days, I want to go over a few insights in how BKP defines LDS concepts differently than what I'm accustomed to. These subtle differences are what I'm looking for. Thanks for being patient. Fat Mo.
Fat Mo here and I didn’t post yesterday. Things happen, but I did do some reading when I could. Yesterday was so busy, I never got a chance to see who won the final Tour de France stage race. I didn’t see who won or how Chris Froome did. I do have Google, so I know the results, but it’s not the same.
I thought of two questions yesterday:
Why does Boyd K. Packer (BKP) write in passive voice so often?
Is BKP the wheat thresher, winnower, or the watcher of the wheat field? Or, which role does he play most often?
I slept in this morning ’cause I can on Saturday mornings for a little bit and ’cause I watched Star Wars; Rogue One on Netflix way into the night. When I woke up, I read some more into The Things of the Soul (BKP, 1996) and while doing so, I thought of the second question set a bit more. While I have my suspicions of which role BKP plays for the LDS Church as a leader and speaker, I need to verify this role through more research.
Fat Mo here and above are my grandchildren. They are beginning to settle down for the night after a busy day. If you look to the right, you'll see a new page: "books." I'll be updating the page each time I finish gathering data on a chapter of which ever book I'm studying. Each page will include the data I showed yesterday. Today, I made the page & finished the indexing on chapter one of The Things of the Soul by Boyd K. Packer. I'm refining my process, so things should start speeding up. As I complete more Ensign articles, I'll make a page for Ensign articles & General Conference talks. Thanks for reading. Please like, comment, & follow. Blog on!!!
Fat Mo here and today was busy with just the daily type of busy work one normally does: oil change, aquarium water change, baby sitting, chauffeuring family, watching the Tour de France etc..
I did work on an Ensign article written by Boyd K. Packer (BKP), appearing in the June 2015 issue called “Leave it Alone.” This article was about a friend of BKP’s, John, and some personal tragedy that befell him. BKP originally told the story in the October 1987 LDS General Conference.
When I am examining work by BKP, I am correlating keywords, frequently used words & phrases, index appropriate words, and extra-textual citations. Here is what I gleaned from this article:
Frequently used words & phrases (antecedents in parenthesis): he (John) x15, it (assumed) x8, I (John) x5, he (doctor) x4, John x4, his (John) x4, leave x4, the doctor x3, you (John) x3, me (BKP) x2, himself (John) x2, baby x2, Daddy x2, leader, spiritual x2, old man x2, a patient x2, grief x2, struggled x2, counsel x2, infection x2, crisis x2.
I’m not including a list of index appropriate words. That’d just be ridiculous at this time, but as time goes, I’ll start providing those words and concepts.
Here is the information from yesterday as a comparison:
Keywords: Boyd K. Packer, Teach Ye Diligently (book), Hobbies/Interests, Family, Teaching, Language, Career.
Frequently used words & phrases (antecedents in parenthesis): he (BKP) x36, his (BKP) x22, home x8, Elder Packer x7, children x6, book (TYD) x6, she (Packer, Donna) x5, I (BKP) x5, I (A. Theodore Tuttle) x5, him (BKP) x5, family x5, bird(s) x5, teaching, a x4, you (reader), x3, teacher(s) x3, parents x3, cat(s) x3, think(s) x2, teach(s) x2, Savior, the x2, paint(s,d) x2, Donna Packer x2, love(s) x2, love (familial) x2, learn(s,d) x2, interest(s) x2, gospel x2, father x2, draw(s) x2.
Citations: D&C 88:77-78
This is what I meant yesterday by “Am I doing too much?” I was just tired last night. I think I should be fine, but I am starting to see a clearer picture of BKP’s work.
Fat Mo here. I bought a book written by Boyd K. Packer, late President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called The Things of the Soul. It cost me $2 at a local thrift store (Deseret Industries).
The book is about reading the Book of Mormon. I bought the book because 1) I didn’t already have it and I’m going to need it if I’m honest about this research, 2) it was way cheaper than going to Amazon, and 3) I wanted to try out a new way of examining Packer’s texts.
I read chapter one, looking for key words, citations, names, places, themes, an audience analysis, and a thesis. I was able to answer all of those. The audience analysis was easiest, because Packer stated what it was in the first sentence. Here are the seven key words: Book of Mormon, Readers, Lehi’s Posterity, Nephi, Jacob, Not-historical, and Scripture message. The interesting one is “readers”. Packer spends most of the first chapter addressing the reader directly with you. The scripture he cited used “ye”. It’s all pretty interesting. Tomorrow, I’m going to start a new page here outlining the pertinent information about the two books I’m going through now. I hope to eventually have all his books done in the same manner.
Progress: I also added several more talks to my master document and I set up a spread sheet to track my progress through my new book.
Fat Mo here. I’m at church and typing from the pews on my iPhone. Today was great & one of the best openings to sacrament meeting in a long time: we had a convert confirmation. Last night, a teenager who lives in our ward boundaries got baptized & today, she was confirmed & welcomed as a new member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ‘spirit‘ of today’s meeting is happy & quite joyous. I haven’t been to a convert confirmation sacrement meeting in a long time–since I lived in Korea.
I love coming to church. I know others find church difficult. I often do, but I always find joy at church.
This, I think is one of the reasons President Packer was so assertive/aggressive in his defense of the purity of the church: he honestly wanted church to be happy for everyone & recognized certain aspects of contemporary society makes church painful, guilt-inducing, rage-inducing, opposition-inspiring, & occasionally awful for people living philosophies & lifestyles counter to the doctrine, ethos, & principles to LDS Gospel & the will of God as stated by modern LDS prophets.
In my research this morning, I came across President Packer’s application of 2 Timothy 3:1-7:
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I have been guilty of some these in my life, but rarely directed at members of the church, mostly directed at people at school, work, and/or on the internet who insist on the stupidities of whatever orthodoxy they cling to instead of looking beyond their checklist world to seek the ‘truth‘.
Progress: I’ve been adding speeches, sermons, & Ensign articles written by President Packer from 1971 to 1985 & extracting the reference material he uses. Even though I didn’t blog about it, I worked on this project on Friday & Saturday this week between activities with friends and family as well as this morning before church.
My master document is getting huge & it’s only on my hard drive. I’m planning on breaking it up by year & saving it to Google Docs & Dropbox. I don’t have a working CD/DVD burner anymore, but I’m going to need one. Once I’m ready to, I’m going to be printing everything, but that won’t be for some time.
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Fat Mo here. I just finished watching Mississippi Burning starring William deFoe & Gene Hackman. It’s an impactful movie for me. I saw it originally in the Camp Humphreys’ movie theater in 1989. I know it is a fictionalized account of what happened, but I didn’t know that then. Fast forward two decades & I met Henry “Hank” Miles, a retired state
department employee who returned to Provo, Utah, climbed the ‘Y’ everyday, & took English Lit. & creative writing classes at UVSC (now UVU) for $5 a semester. During his youth, Hank was involved in the civil rights movement, going to marched & volunteering when he could.
The Civil Rights Era is an amazing time period for me. I missed it. Sure, I’m an Army Brat raised on Ft. Sill, OK, but in the 70s & 80s, the fire just wasn’t that hot anymore. Yes, I’ve witnessed racist acts & as I got older, I started acting against racism.
I want to know about President Packer’s experience & does it surface in his writings & sermons. I know his official biography deals with the Civil Rights Era & President Packer was a member of the Twelve when the revelation on the priesthood was received. What did he have to say about it?
I’ll let you know what I find.
Today: I am almost done with my document prep for all of President Packer’s sermons from 1970 to 1994 & I made some more progress on his book Teach Ye Diligently.
The progress is slow since I also get to watch two energetic & clever grandchildren as I research.
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When I research, I try to do two things at once. Today, I continued to number the paragraphs in my .txt doc containing all of President Packer’s General Conference talks from 1970 to 1994. While doing that, I make a list of all the scriptures and other sources Packer quotes in his sermons. The most common scripture he quotes is D&C 1:30:
30. And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually–
He quotes this in four sermons (so far) and in his book, Teach Ye Diligently. The theme of “to lay the foundation of this church,” appears in most of his sermons, but I am not yet in a position to state that this scripture is his primary thesis. This is the reason I am indexing his sermons and eventually his books so I can confirm whether or not this is indeed Packer’s central theme, or if this is one of many.
I think this is pretty exciting.
I’m still not finished with all of Packer’s sermons from between 1970-1994, but I’m getting there.
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Today is day one of this blog, but I’ve been researching President Boyd K. Packer, late president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, for the last six or so weeks. I kind of figured I better start posting about my progress as an actual work log & hopefully to also connect with other people interested in President Packer.
I wish I were a researcher ensconced in some library or academy someplace, but most of my work I’m doing from my grandkid’s playroom while their parents are both working. I also wish I had an advanced degree, but I don’t even have a bachelors degree (I’m starting college again this fall, however).
Wishes & regrets aside, I get a bunch done. Today, I read several chapters from Packer’s 1975 book Teach Ye Diligently. The chapters dealt with how Jesus taught & how to apply His methodology to church & seminary classrooms primarily with youth students rather than adults. I also worked on my current primary goal of indexing all of Packer’s general conference talks.
I do not have print copies of Packer’s talks & sermons, so I’m creating a series of .txt docs so I can at least have those. Once I have what I need (a complete keyword & word pattern index), I’ll start building a bibliography & then make sure I have the actual print editions of as many of those talks as I can find. Today, I edited ten talks, including all the attribution details & numbering all the paragraphs for easy access. I also copied all the scripture references into a google sheets doc so later put all of those texts into their own .txt docs later.
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