Elder Bruce R. McConkie's knowledge of the doctrines of the gospel is legendary among Church members. His sermons and books reflect an earnest, lifelong search of the scriptures and a deep love for those sacred writings and for their central figure, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Though his mortal span is over, fortunately for us who remain his wealth of knowledge is preserved in written form. This book brings together in permanent format under one cover a substantial part of his speeches and writings, the material being specially selected to include great doctrinal themes on which the Restoration has thrown its glorious light. Here are not only excerpts but sometimes entire speeches on such pivotal gospel points as the character of God, the divine sonship of Jesus Christ, the mission of the Holy Ghost, the Creation, the Fall, the Atonement, spiritual gifts, sanctification, the written word and overcoming the works, to name only a few. Here are answers and essential clarifications to numerous questions: What is our relationship to God, Christ and the Holy Ghost? What is grace, and how does it work for us? How is revelation given? What is the purifying power of the Atonement? Why should we pray? How and why should we study the scriptures? What are the effects of charity? How should we worship God? What is the purpose of mortality? How can we endure to the end?
None who heard it will forget the impact of Elder McConkie's moving apostolic witness of Jesus Christ given in his final general conference address in April 1985. That testimony breathes through the pages of this book, in which the outstanding knowledge and profound insights of one of the great scripturalists of our era lives on— clearly expressed, straightforward, authoritative— for the lasting benefit of the Saints he served in mortality.
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