Last night I was given access to Bing Search’s GPT-4
A couple months ago, when Chat-GPT3 first came out I posted about how it might change the Church landscape, and presented a sacrament meeting talk that GPT-3 had written. Several months before that I speculated about how natural language processing would lead to researchers in essence having their own on-hand research assistant.
With Chat-GPT4 it looks like we’re kind-of-sort-of there, if your research assistant is a sloppy undergraduate.
I asked it to “Create a table of primary sources during Joseph Smith-era Nauvoo that were authored by women. Show 1) the author, 2) what the primary source is, 3) example text from the primary source, and 4) something interesting about the source.”
This is what it gave me (it’s hard to get the footnotes to play nice with the T&S website, so those are omitted and you’ll have to trust what I have to say about them):
Here is a table of some primary sources during Joseph Smith-era Nauvoo that were authored by women:
|Author||Source||Example Text||Interesting Fact|
|Emma Smith||Minutes of the Nauvoo Relief Society12||“We are going to do something extraordinary. . . . We expect extraordinary occasions and pressing calls.”2||She was the first president of the Relief Society and Joseph Smith’s wife.|
|Eliza R. Snow||Poems, Religious, Historical, and Political12||“The voice of innocence is hush’d / The sobs of sorrow dim; / And martyrd virtue sleeps beneath / The ruthless hand of sin.”2 (On the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith)||She was a poet, a leader in the Relief Society, and a plural wife of Joseph Smith.|
|Lucy Mack Smith||History of Joseph Smith by His Mother13||“I have never written one sentence which I could not substantiate by undoubted testimony.”3 (Preface)||She was Joseph Smith’s mother and wrote a biography of his life based on her memories and documents.|
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Here are some more examples of primary sources during Joseph Smith-era Nauvoo that were authored by women:
|Sarah M. Cleveland||Minutes of the Nauvoo Relief Society123||“I rejoice in this privilege. I have no doubt but that this Society is of divine origin.”2 (March 17, 1842)||She was one of the counselors to Emma Smith in the Relief Society presidency and a plural wife of Joseph Smith.|
|Elizabeth Ann Whitney||History of Joseph Smith by His Mother13||“I was present at a meeting where he [Joseph Smith] spoke in an unknown tongue; and David W. Patten interpreted, and told what he had said afterwards; it was according to our faith.”3 (Chapter 44)||She was one of the counselors to Emma Smith in the Relief Society presidency and a plural wife of Joseph Smith.|
|Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner||Autobiography1||“When I heard that God had revealed the law of Celestial marriage that we would have the privilege of associating in family relationships in the worlds to come, I searched the scriptures and by humble prayer to my Heavenly Father I obtained a testimony for myself that God had required that order to be established in his Church.” (Page 7)||She was a pioneer woman who saved some pages of the Book of Commandments from being destroyed and a plural wife of Joseph Smith.|