- The number one word used was Christ – 533 references (14.6 per talk)!
- Families or Children – 322 mentions (8.5 per talk)
- Priesthood – 189 mentions (5 per talk)
Based on word count, what was the focus of April 2009 General Conference? Before you scroll down, see if you can guess the top 3 words that were used.
OK, here goes. This list is not comprehensive, but it’s a great start. If you want more stats, do your own research!
Did you guess right?
There’s a pretty big drop between the first and second. Clearly Christ was a key topic. Did you guess Temples would be in there? I think that one talk mentioned it about 5,280 times alone. But perhaps not. Here are the rest of the top 10 by word count:
4. Temples – 184 times (4.8 per talk)
5. Men & Fathers – 169 times (4.5 per talk)
6. Faith – 157 times (4.1 per talk)
7. Prayer – 157 times (4.1 per talk) tied with Faith
8. Women & Mothers – 135 times (3.6 per talk) – a little disturbing that they placed so much lower than men & Priesthood maybe
9. Love – 115 times (3.0 per talk)
10. Adversity/Challenges – 101 times (2.7 per talk)
Other topics mentioned more than 1 time per talk:
11. Missionaries – 68 times (1.8 per talk)
12. Service – 60 times (1.6 per talk)
13. Scrpitures – 58 times (1.5 per talk)
14. Revelation – 54 times (1.4 per talk)
15. Youth – 50 times (1.3 per talk)
16. Food Storage/Preparedness – 43 times (1.1 per talk)
And bringing up the rear, these were mentioned less than one time per talk, but multiple references: Sacrifice (43x), Obedience (30x), Education (28x), Eternal Life (26x), Debt/Money (24x), Hope (24x), Baptism (22x), Angels/Spirits (21x), Temptation (20x), Courage (19x), Sacrament (19x), Humility (17x), Book of Mormon (17x).
So, were any of these surprising to you? Were some higher on the list than you expected? Were some lower? How did this compare with previous GCs? What do you expect to change in future GCs?