Today; Day One

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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Blog on, 

Fat Mo.