Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon

by George Q. Cannon, Jerreld L. Newquist

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Few members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have had such remarkable understanding of the gospel as did George Q. Cannon, apostle, counselor in the First Presidency, writer, editor, missionary, and gifted speaker.

In all his writings and sermons, President Cannon emphasized the need for correct understanding and adherence to gospel principles. He wrote: "Too great a value cannot be placed upon the possession of truth. It is indeed beyond estimate. . . . The great strength of the latter-day work in which we are engaged is found in its truth. This constitutes its great power and makes it all powerful."

In Gospel Truth, you will find new insights into and clear expositions of basic principles, each explained in depth and yet so plainly and clearly that the newest convert as well as the most learned scholar can learn and benefit. These truths are arranged topically, providing an excellent resource for lesson preparation, speaking assignments, and individual study.

Among the subjects in this volume (formerly published as two volumes) are these: the preexistence, the Fall and Atonement, death and resurrection, the last days, the priesthood and its offices and functions, revelation, testimony, obedience, temptations and trials, true and false religion, salvation for the dead, fasting, prayer, the Word of Wisdom, tithing, apostasy, family responsibilities, temporal affairs, and constitutional government.

About the Authors

George Q. Cannon

George Q. Cannon was born in Liverpool, England, in 1827. His family learned of the gospel through his aunt Leonora Cannon, who had immigrated to Canada and had there met and married John Taylor. The Cannons were baptized in 1840 and they immigrated to Nauvoo in 1842. George's mother died and was buried at sea; a few months later his father died and George moved in with the Taylor's. He left Nauvoo in 1846 with the main body of pioneers and, after a season at Winter Quarters, traveled on to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

In Nauvoo, George had learned the printing and editing business. As a young man he translated the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian. He edited the Millennial Star, the Juvenile Instructor, and the Deseret News, and was author of several books and tracts and many newspaper and magazine articles. In 1866 he established George Q. Cannon and Sons Co., the parent company of today's Deseret Book Company.

George Q. Cannon became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in October 1859. He was named assistant counselor to Brigham Young in 1874 and subsequently served as first counselor in the First Presidency under Presidents John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow. He died in Monterey, California, in April 1901.

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Jerreld L. Newquist

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