Quick Tip: Finding Older General Conference Talks

Contributed By Larry Richman, Church News contributor

  • 10 August 2018

The solemn assembly at the opening session of general conference on Friday, October 6, 1972. The new First Presidency—Harold B. Lee, Marion G. Romney, and N. Eldon Tanner—is standing with their arms raised in a sustaining vote.

Looking for older general conference talks? Here are four sources:

  1. Conference.ChurchofJesusChrist.org has conference talks back to 1971 in text and more recent talks in video, audio, PDF, and EPUB in many languages. Also in the Gospel Library app.
  2. BYU has an LDS General Conference Corpus that lets you search the 24 million words in the 10,000 talks given from 1851 to 2010 in English.
  3. The Church History Department has scanned all the general conference reports in English since 1880 and placed them online in the Internet Archive, a nonprofit internet library.
  4. BYU’s LDS Scripture Citation Index (scriptures.byu.edu) has the text from conferences from 1941 to the present. You can search them or check references in all conferences to a given scripture passage.