Fascinating, lidja! So glad I sent you the book to review.
Eric Bateman compiled a 3-volume set of all the prophet's speeches in General Conference from Joseph Smith to Howard W Hunter and gave us a copy while he stayed at our house:
I read quite a few of the addresses from the previous century and was struck by how many of them were about the last days and the gathering in Zion. When they shifted to family, virtue and hard work, I resonated with them more.