Week One Complete; Leave It Alone by Boyd K. Packer: Day Eight

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..

forgive forget it leave it alone Boyd K Packer art
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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:

  • Keywords: Tribulations, Crisis, Prayer, Obedience, Spiritual Leaders, Spiritual Healing, Suffering.
  • 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.
  • Citations: none.

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.

Teach Ye Diligently: Day Eight

Boyd K Packer A Theodore Tuttle BrazilFat Mo here. I just finished working on the introduction to President Packer’s book, Teach Ye Diligently, written by his friend and associate, A. Theodore Tuttle.

I think I’m going into too much detail, but then again, I’m not sure. I correlated four categories of information: keywords, frequently used words and phrases, an index, and a citation list.

I’m going to keep pressing on, but I think for Packer’s talks and Ensign articles, I’m going to wait until I have physical copies of each document (if possible).

The picture above is of Packer and Tuttle traveling to Brazil.

The Things of the Soul: Day Seven

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 Things of the Soul Book of Mormon Boyd K Packer Book
The Things of the Soul by Boyd K. Packer

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.