Personal Savior: Change and Confluence in Religious Rhetoric

Glen Leonard observed (somewhere in his Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise I think) that in 1985 the LDS Church consciously altered course in both its public persona and public rhetoric. In a way, outwardly fathered by the correlation idea, the Church moved to focus its message more simply and more on Christ. I observed the results of this effort in a number of ways.
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The Spirit — The Meaning in Small Changes

Some time ago I offered this note about Lorenzo (Dow) Barnes. I also quoted a couple of excerpts from Joseph Smith’s eulogy for Barnes. Like all the funeral sermons, this one demonstrates a fair number of variants in its imprints. Probably the most important imprint of the sermon is the one appearing in the History of the Church. As I have noted before, once an edition of a given sermon appeared in the 20th century, the text essentially settled down. Full sermons remained in the public eye as reprints of anthologies or other volumes, rarely as separate documents (those demonstrate more variation).
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