Books at General Conference

General Conference is a special time for Latter-day Saints.  Held twice a year, once in April and once in October, Latter-day Saints look forward to General Conference so they can hear the words of individuals they believe are truly "prophets, seers, and revelators" (Jeffrey R. Holland) and other inspired men and women.  The speakers at General Conference are not flippant with their responsibility to speak to the membership of the Church and by extension to the world.  They are deliberate in their words and in their sources.  With that said, I believe it's valuable to maintain a list of books which have been quoted during General Conference talks.  I don't presume to suggest that these books are pseudo-canonical, but I do believe the speakers would only have quoted from them if they felt the book was worth reading and learning from.  As I continue to study General Conference talks, I will continue to add to this list.

Books at General Conference (Alphabetical order by book title)

A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Talk:  The Dawning of a Brighter Day
Speaker: Gordon B. Hinckley

A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Talk: Children
Speaker: Neil L. Anderson

After All We Can Do: Grace Works
Author: Robert L. Millet
Talk: Yielding Our Hearts to God
Speaker: Neill F. Marriott

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Talk: The Three Rs of Choice
Speaker: Thomas S. Monson

Apocrypha
Author: Various
Talk: The Tongue of Angels
Speaker: Jeffrey R. Holland

A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Talk: Because He Came
Speaker: Thomas S. Monson

Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus
Author: Sam Eliot Morison
Talk: Building Your Tabernacle
Speaker: Gordon B. Hinckley

C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table and Other Reminiscences
Author: James T. Como (editor)
Talk: Premortality, a Glorious Reality
Speaker: Neal A. Maxwell

Essays on the Constitution of the United States
Author: Paul Leicester Ford
Talk: Our Divine Constitution
Speaker: Ezra Taft Benson

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem
Author: David Blankenhorn
Talk: Fathers
Speaker: D. Todd Christofferson

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem
Author: David Blankenhorn
Talk: The Hands of the Fathers
Speaker: Jeffrey R. Holland

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Author: Ben Carson
Talk: Parents: The Prime Gospel Teachers of Their Children
Speaker: Tad R. Callister

Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare
Talk: Be Not Afraid, Only Believe
Speaker: Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare
Talk: "He is Not Here, but is Risen"
Speaker: Gordon B. Hinckley

Hamlet
Author: William Shapespeare
Talk: Opposing Evil
Speaker: Gordon B. Hinckley

Lectures on Faith
Author: Joseph Smith
 Talk: Our Good Shepherd
Speaker: Dale G. Renlund

Les Miserables
Author: Victor Hugo
Talk: Our Good Shepherd
Speaker: Dale G. Renlund

Letters and Papers from Prison
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Talk: Why Marriage, Why Family
Speaker: D. Todd Christofferson

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women has Turned Men Into Boys
Author: Kay S. Hymowitz
Talk: Brethren, We Have Work to Do
Speaker: D. Todd Christofferson

Man's Search for Meaning
Author: Viktor Frankl
Talk: Spiritual Healing
Speaker: James E. Faust

Mere Christianity
Author: C.S. Lewis
Talk: Overcoming the World
Speaker: Neil L. Anderson

Outliers
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Talk: Foundations of Faith
Speaker: Quentin L. Cook

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism
Author: Terryl L. Givens & Matthew J. Grow
Talk: Foundations of Faith
Speaker: Quentin L. Cook

Romeo & Juliet
Author: William Shakespeare
Talk: "An High Priest of Good Things to Come"
Speaker: Jeffrey R. Holland

Stepping Stones to an Abundant Life
Author: David O. McKay
Talk: Born of God
Speaker: Ezra Taft Benson

The American Tradition
Author: Clarence B. Carson
Talk: Jesus Christ--Gifts and Expectations
Speaker: Ezra Taft Benson
Note: Ezra Taft Benson didn't quote directly from this book; however, when referencing the "Constitution in the tradition of our founding fathers," Benson said The American Tradition was one of the "best books on this subject."

The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
Author: Parley P. Pratt
Talk: "An Angel from on High, the Long, Long Silence Broke"
Speaker: Gordon B. Hinckley

The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
Author: Parley P. Pratt
Talk: Never Leave Him
Speaker: Neil L. Anderson

The Birth of the Nation
Author: Arthur M. Schlesinger
Talk: Encircled in the Arms of His Love
Speaker: Neal A. Maxwell

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Talk: My Words . . . Never Cease
Speaker: Jeffrey R. Holland

The Federalist Papers
Author: Publius (Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay)
Talk: Our Divine Constitution
Speaker: Ezra Taft Benson

The Great Divorce
Author: C.S. Lewis
Talk: Repentance: A Joyful Choice
Speaker: Dale G. Renlund

The History of Herodotus
Author: Herodotus
Translator: George Rawlinson
Talk: Be Not Afraid, Only Believe
Speaker: Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Life and Work of St. Paul
Author: F.W. Farrar
Talk: Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus
Speaker: Quentin L. Cook

The Mansion
Author: Henry Van Dyke
Talk: Because He Came
Speaker: Thomas S. Monson

The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
Talk: Encircled in the Arms of His Love
Speaker: Neal A. Maxwell

The Marshmallow Test
Author: Walter Mischel
Talk: Continue in Patience
Speaker: Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Note: According to the references of the talk, President Uchtdorf does not quote directly from this book; rather, he quotes from a New Yorker article.  Considering the author of The Marshmallow Test, Walter Mischel, is one of the creators of the study President Uchtdorf references, and the book is designed to explore in greater detail that study, I thought it was appropriate to include in this list.

The Miracle of Forgiveness
Author: Spencer W. Kimball
Talk: The Path to Peace and Joy
Speaker: Richard G. Scott

The Moral Sense
Author: James Q. Wilson
Talk: The Tugs and Pulls of the World
Speaker: Neal A. Maxwell

The Power of Everyday Missionaries
Author: Clayton M. Christensen
Talk: A Witness of God
Speaker: Neil L. Andersen
Note: In Elder Anderson's talk he says the following: "Please don’t see your efforts to share the love of the Savior with another as a pass/fail test with your grade determined by how positively your friends respond to your feelings or invitation to meet the missionaries."  Listed in the talk is a citation to Clayton Christensen's book, which says: "You succeed when you invite, regardless of how it turns out."

The Screwtape Letters
Author: C.S. Lewis
Talk: "The Great Imitator"
Speaker: James E. Faust

The Sketch-Book Geoffrey Crayon, Gent
Author: Washington Irving
Talk: Are You Sleeping Through the Restoration?
Speaker: Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Note: Although the story of Rip Van Winkle, which is quoted in the talk, can be found in Washington Irving's The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, the reference in the talk is actually to a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was called "Don't Sleep Through the Revolution."  Dr. King references the story of Rip Van Winkle in his speech, which is apparently where President Uchtdorf came across it.

The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar & Christ
Author: Will Durant
Talk: Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus
Speaker: Quentin L. Cook

Treasure Island
Author: Robert Louis-Stevenson
Talk: In Search of Treasure
Speaker: Thomas S. Monson
Note:  President Monson doesn't quote a particular line from the book; instead he mentions that "[w]hen I was a boy I enjoyed reading Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson."

Tuesdays with Morrie
Author: Mitch Albom
Talk: Gospel Teaching
Speaker: Dallin H. Oaks

Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership
Author: Donald T. Phillips
Talk: Of Things That Matter Most
Speaker: Dieter F. Uchtdorf

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner
Author: William Hague
Talk: Let There Be Light!
Speaker: Quentin L. Cook

5 comments:

  1. I never thought of this. What a great idea. Nicely done.

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  2. I've read three. Wish I could say I've read more... :(

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  3. I'm impressed that I've read two! I'll have to be more diligent in my studying

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  4. This took a lot of effort and I really appreciate that you've shared this with us. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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