Beautifying General Conference Addresses
Posted by BrianJ on May 25, 2011
So I’ve been thinking: Wouldn’t it be nice if the editors at The Ensign could rewrite General Conference addresses so that the prose was more beautiful?
I don’t mean to say anything negative about the original authors’ writing abilities, but certainly a team of talented—and faithful—English majors, poets, authors, and artists could beautify, and therefore, improve their messages.
And it’s not that I’m opposed to hearing what prophets have to say in their own words. It’s just that I think the medium should rise up to and honor the message, and rewording the prophets is the only way to do that.
I realize that this will result in unintended changes to the prophets’ messages, but clearly it is worth it. Maybe some straightforward and sincere talks—like Elder Scott typically gives—will need to be radically reworked and will therefore become aloof and difficult to understand without a good thesaurus. Also, it will be difficult to “hear” the difference between, for example, the way President Monson and President Packer write, but these are all small prices to pay for aesthetics.