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October Conference Wordles: A Keepa Puzzle

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 03, 2009

Remember Wordles? Those are the word clouds produced by wordle.net: You run some text through their program, and it returns a cluster of words based on that text. The words used most often are in large letters; the ones used very seldom appear in tiny print. (For example, if you did a Wordle of the Articles of Faith, the word “believe” would be very large since it is used so often in those  few words. “Baptism” would be very small because it is used only once.)

I’ve run the text of some of the prominent October Conference talks through that program, and pasted the resulting word clouds below. But whose talk produced each of those Wordles? Who talked about which themes? Who told that story with the repeated and distinctive phrase?

Please solve only one puzzle, at least until the game has been up long enough for other Keepa’ninnies to discover it and have their turn. If there are still unsolved puzzles this afternoon, feel free to solve another one, or to give hints to help on the harder ones.

It would also be fun, I think, if you indicated which words were key in helping you solve any particular puzzle. All talks come from the recent Conference and may come from any session, including Priesthood and Women’s sessions. Conference speakers and talk titles are listed here. Enjoy!

UPDATE: The complete solution is in comment 47. If you’ve come along late, though, you can still play along by ignoring the comments. Thanks for a fun time, all.

No. 1:

No. 2:

No. 3:

No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7:

No. 8:

No. 9:

No. 10:

No. 11:

No. 12:

No. 13:

No. 14:

No. 15:

No. 16:

No. 17:

No. 18:

No. 19:

No. 20:

No. 21:



49 Comments »

  1. First! # 5 is Jeffrey R. Holland, without white gloves.

    Comment by kevinf — November 3, 2009 @ 11:26 am

  2. Bingo!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  3. #18 David A. Bednar

    Comment by Karen — November 3, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

  4. Karen scores!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

  5. #3 Elder Ballard. Key words: fathers and sons.

    Comment by John — November 3, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  6. #17 is Elder Choy’s talk on loud boys.

    Comment by Rameumptom — November 3, 2009 @ 11:13 am

  7. Two more solved! Now we’re picking up steam.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  8. #6 Elder Clayton: “That Your Burdens May be Light”

    Comment by Ben — November 3, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  9. Ben earns a point!

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

  10. No. 16 — is it Dallin Oaks’ talk on “Love and Law”?

    Comment by Hunter — November 3, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

  11. Yes, Hunter, that’s it!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  12. #1: Neil Andersen.

    Comment by Justin — November 3, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  13. Recap:
    1.
    2.
    3. M. Russell Ballard – Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship
    4.
    5. Jeffrey R. Holland – Safety for the Soul
    6. L. Whitney Clayton – That Your Burdens May Be Light
    7.
    8.
    9.
    10.
    11.
    12.
    13.
    14.
    15.
    16. Dallin H. Oaks – Love and Law
    17. Yoon Hwan Choi – I Love Loud Boys
    18. David A. Bednar – More Diligent and Concerned at Home
    19.
    20.
    21.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  14. That was before seeing Justin’s correct answer to #1.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  15. I know that some of you can’t see images on your office computers. If you want me to send you a Word document with the Wordles in them so that you can play along, let me know.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  16. No. 11 must be Elder Scott’s great talk on listening to the Spirit.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — November 3, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  17. It was, Ben.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

  18. Hint: #8, #12 and #13 should be fairly easily recognized if you look at the *titles* listed on the Ensign’s table of contents (link at the end of the introductory paragraphs above).

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  19. #4 is Barbara Thompson: Mind the Gap (is it not?)

    (Thank you, Ardis, for sending the wordles directly!)

    Comment by Coffinberry — November 3, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  20. Yes! I expected that to be the most difficult — naturally, therefore, it’s one you’d zero in on.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  21. Recap:

    1. Neil L. Andersen — Repent … That I May Heal You
    2.
    3. M. Russell Ballard — Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship
    4. Barbara Thompson — Mind the Gap
    5. Jeffrey R. Holland — Safety for the Soul
    6. L. Whitney Clayton — That Your Burdens May Be Light
    7.
    8.
    9.
    10.
    11. Richard G. Scott — To Acquire Spiritual Guidance
    12.
    13.
    14.
    15.
    16. Dallin H. Oaks — Love and Law
    17. Yoon Hwan Choi — I Love Loud Boys
    18. David A. Bednar — More Diligent and Concerned at Home
    19.
    20.
    21.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  22. # 8 Tad R. Callister, I suspect.

    Comment by kevinf — November 3, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  23. And # 2, I think with the Manti pageant connection, is L. Tom Perry.

    Comment by kevinf — November 3, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  24. Don’t know why you would think it difficult… that big “GAP” made it ever so obvious!

    Comment by Coffinberry — November 3, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

  25. Check, and check, kevin!

    To us women, yeah, but I never expect the men even to remember there was a women’s meeting, much less look over the talks.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  26. #14 – “Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ” by Elder Robert D. Hales

    Comment by Catherine — November 3, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  27. Catherine scores!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  28. 15 is Thomas s. Monsons talk on service (service and birthday being the give sways)

    Comment by Symphonyofdissent — November 3, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  29. 21 is Ann m dibb her iron rod talk [edited]

    Comment by Symphonyofdissent — November 3, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  30. Two more solutions bring us to this recap:

    1. Neil L. Andersen – Repent … That I May Heal You
    2. L. Tom Perry – The Past Way of Facing the Future
    3. M. Russell Ballard – Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship
    4. Barbara Thompson – Mind the Gap
    5. Jeffrey R. Holland – Safety for the Soul
    6. L. Whitney Clayton – That Your Burdens May Be Light
    7.
    8. Tad R. Callister – Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration
    9.
    10.
    11. Richard G. Scott – To Acquire Spiritual Guidance
    12.
    13.
    14. Robert D. Hales – Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ
    15. Thomas L. Monson – What Have I Done for Someone Today
    16. Dallin H. Oaks – Love and Law
    17. Yoon Hwan Choi – I Love Loud Boys
    18. David A. Bednar – More Diligent and Concerned at Home
    19.
    20.
    21. Ann M. Dibb – Hold On

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  31. what a FAB idea for a post, ardis! i love this!

    Comment by ellen — November 3, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  32. heh, heh! Fun, isn’t it? This was the idea of Keepa’ninny Alan for last year’s October conference. I didn’t think of it after April conference so it’s been a long time since we played anything like it.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  33. 19. Uchtdorf: “The Love of God” (love how the wordle captures it . . . if I’m right, that is)

    Comment by Deborah — November 3, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  34. You *are* right, Deborah, it’s Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk by that title.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  35. Tried to get my husband to play, so I’d have an excuse to post again, but no dice. We both recognized #20 as the talk about -ity virtues, but I had to look it up to see who gave it. So # 20 is H. David Burton, Let virtue garnish thy thoughts. I remember thinking during that talk: “Good luck translating that!”

    Comment by Coffinberry — November 3, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

  36. Me, too. I thought they might do okay with effort in Spanish with all the -edad words, but that had to be harder to translate than Neal A. Maxwell. And of course you’re right about identifying the talk and speaker.

    That leaves only 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13 to solve.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

  37. Cool! There are some left to solve. I love these.

    Comment by Jami — November 3, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

  38. 7. Prayer and Promptings
    President Boyd K. Packer

    Comment by Jami — November 3, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  39. 20. Let Virtue Garnish Your Thoughts
    Bishop H. David Burton

    Comment by Jami — November 3, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  40. 9.Blessings of the Gospel Available to All
    Elder Joseph W. Sitati

    Comment by Jami — November 3, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  41. 10. Be Ready
    President Henry B. Eyring

    Comment by Jami — November 3, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

  42. 12. Moral Discipline
    Elder D. Todd Christofferson

    Oopsies on giving 20 when it had already been found. I’ll leave 13 for some other lucky soul.

    Thanks, Ardis. Very fun.

    Comment by Jami — November 3, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  43. Jami is on a ROLL!

    #13, anybody?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

  44. How fun!

    Comment by SteveP — November 3, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

  45. When I saw your name in the comments column, Steve, I hoped you had come up with the last puzzle so I could wrap this up. C’mon, please?

    It *has* been fun!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  46. #13, Stewardship — a Sacred Trust by Quentin L. Cook

    Comment by Jones — November 3, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  47. And Jones cleans up the last one!

    Thanks, everybody. The complete list is:

    1. Neil L. Andersen – Repent … That I May Heal You
    2. L. Tom Perry – The Past Way of Facing the Future
    3. M. Russell Ballard – Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship
    4. Barbara Thompson – Mind the Gap
    5. Jeffrey R. Holland – Safety for the Soul
    6. L. Whitney Clayton – That Your Burdens May Be Light
    7. Boyd K. Packer – Prayer and Promptings
    8. Tad R. Callister – Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration
    9. Joseph W. Sitati – Blessings of the Gospel Available to All
    10. Henry B. Eyring – e Ready
    11. Richard G. Scott – cquire Spiritual Guidance
    12. D. Todd Christofferson – Moral Discipline
    13. Quentin L. Cook – Stewardship – A Sacred Trust
    14. Robert D. Hales – Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ
    15. Thomas L. Monson – What Have I Done for Someone Today
    16. Dallin H. Oaks – Love and Law
    17. Yoon Hwan Choi – I Love Loud Boys
    18. David A. Bednar – More Diligent and Concerned at Home
    19. Dieter F. Uchtdorf – The Love of God
    20. H. David Burton – Let Virtue Garnish Your Thoughts
    21. Ann M. Dibb – Hold On

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 4, 2009 @ 2:47 am

  48. Well, I’m behind on everything so I missed the fun, but I just wanted to say that this was such a fun idea. Even being lazy and just reading everyone else’s solutions (I guessed only one or two by looking at them) was great. Thanks for posting this, Ardis!

    (Oh, and I used Sister Thompson’s “Mind the Gap” talk to home teach last month. So maybe a few men are hearing about it.)

    Comment by Ziff — November 6, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  49. Thanks for wordling the Conference talks and making us think. I am real bad about rapidly forgetting what we have been taught and have also turned to wordles as a remembering tool.

    You mentioned the Articles of Faith and how “Believe” would be very large because it is used so frequently. Over a few years we developed some processes to really put some “visual kick” into wordles and recently enhanced one of our earlier wordles of the Articles of Faith. It really brings out your insights in the size of “We Believe”.

    Articles of Faith Wordle
    http://www.mormoncharts.com/143/mormon-wordles/articles-of-faith-wordle/

    Thanks again for your efforts in creating wordles of the Conference talks and making us rethink them.

    gary polson

    Comment by Gary Polson — September 27, 2011 @ 10:47 am

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