MORMON DOCTRINE BOOK
Mormon Doctrine is an encyclopedic work written in by Bruce R. McConkie, a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS. This work on Mormon Doctrine is designed to help persons seeking salvation to gain that knowledge of Sold by BEST BOOK DEAL and Fulfilled by Amazon. My husband and I love this book, it has been our go to for every teaching calling we've had. Expensive great for Gospel Essentials class. Also just a really good.
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Preface from Mormon Doctrine This work on Mormon Doctrine is designed to help persons seeking salvation to gain that knowledge of God and his laws. Mormon Doctrine book. Read 74 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This work on Mormon Doctrine is designed to help persons seeking sa. FileMormon Doctrine-Bruce R resourceone.info The book contains many interpretations of Mormon scripture that some consider to be.
The LDS Church does not consider it canonical. One of the differences between the LDS Church and many other organized churche This book is interesting because of the insight into Bruce R. One of the differences between the LDS Church and many other organized churches is that members of the LDS Church are expected to seek spiritual confirmation of any statements which their leaders present as doctrine, and the leaders of the church are allowed to voice their own personal views or opinions without having them be considered "doctrine".
Joseph Fielding Smith also voiced a lot of his own personal, non-doctrinal opinions for instance, that we would never reach the moon but almost without fail he qualified them by stating that they were opinions.
McConkie was a great man in many respects, but he was also very, very opinionated and often mistook his personal views for fact. Again, it's a fascinating look at the personal views of a single member of the LDS Church decades ago, but it is not canonical and not representative of the LDS Church's official beliefs. Jun 28, John Robertson rated it it was amazing. If the people who wrote all the negative reviews of this books were to honestly and thoroughly read any of the following WITHOUT knowing their source to be scripture, they would review those works no less harshly than they have reviewed Elder McConkie's book.
The Old Testament - Seriously. What they hate about McConkies book is generally what fits perfectly with scripture, and is even plainly taught in the scripture in many instances, but does not fit with their few favorite scriptures read in i If the people who wrote all the negative reviews of this books were to honestly and thoroughly read any of the following WITHOUT knowing their source to be scripture, they would review those works no less harshly than they have reviewed Elder McConkie's book.
What they hate about McConkies book is generally what fits perfectly with scripture, and is even plainly taught in the scripture in many instances, but does not fit with their few favorite scriptures read in isolation. Most of the actual objections to things McConkie taught could just as well be aimed at the prophets, as well as the God, of the Old Testament. Ironically, what Christ said to the Pharisees applies to all these critics: Not that Elder McConkie was a Moses, or claimed to be.
But these many critical reviews are not written by members who judge Elder McConkie by the depth of their gospel insight, but by the shallowness of it.
If these same reviewers were to write an honest review of scriptures, having fully considered the meaning of them, without knowing in advance that they were scriptures, they would be just as harsh toward them. Examples would be: These critics would also be just as harsh if they were to honestly review the meaning of the following of Christ's words without knowing they were spoken by our great exemplar, the Son of God.
Jan 11, Chad rated it it was ok Shelves: One of the more definitive Mormon doctrinal encyclopediae, helpful for anybody with deep questions about what the church believes. Offers concise summaries of Mormon beliefs about everything from sex, Sundays, and the nature of god to the location of the lost tribes of Israel and the second coming of Christ.
McConkie was infamously opinionated, and peppered the first edition with rants against chiropractors, psychologists, hypnotists, and the Catholic church.
Church leadership required him to rem One of the more definitive Mormon doctrinal encyclopediae, helpful for anybody with deep questions about what the church believes. Church leadership required him to remove much of this from later editions. View 2 comments.
Jun 04, Jon rated it liked it Recommends it for: A recommended this book for its clarity and eloquence, but the title is a little misleading. They should have stayed with the more accurate title: The 1st edition is much spicier if you can find it. And while the book itself doesn't contain much in the way of a narrative or drama, the story of how the book was published and republished has enough drama for a week of telenovelas. Dec 12, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: When I first encountered this as a missionary, I could not get enough of it.
I read it with all five fingers usually marking places at once of other entries that I needed to read--I would read one, and two or three others would come to my mind that I also wanted to check out--eventually I gave up using my fingers I didn't have enough and got slips of paper instead.
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Those were heady days! It is noteworthy that McConkie, even as an apostle, does not have the authority to state what is doctrine fo When I first encountered this as a missionary, I could not get enough of it. It is noteworthy that McConkie, even as an apostle, does not have the authority to state what is doctrine for the Church as a whole--the only way that Official Church Doctrine is established is by a sustaining of the general membership, such as was done with the Proclamation on the Family.
So although a lot of outside and even inside-the-church readers think that this book is definitive, it is not. It is McConkie's opinion, and sometimes that is very obvious such as the first edition entry on why blacks don't have the priesthood, which changed in later editions to be less inflamatory.
Sep 02, Andrew rated it did not like it. Never has a book been so poorly named. Written ostensibly as an encyclopedic overview of the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Doctrine is instead a remarkable and at times terrifying introduction to the perspectives of one very prominent midth century General Authority of the church.
It is hard to overstate how alien the doctrines in Mormon Doctrine appear to me, a practicing Mormon. Abrasive, myopic, condescending, and often simply incorrect, this book repres Never has a book been so poorly named. Abrasive, myopic, condescending, and often simply incorrect, this book represents to me the worst of theological dogma.
I certainly acknowledge that McConkie is entitled to his opinions and beliefs, many of which are based on his own personal spiritual experiences.
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But it is a profound tragedy that many Mormons and non-Mormons have turned to this book--and hence McConkie's worldview--as the authoritative source for LDS theology. May 03, Lori rated it liked it Shelves: Although this book has now become "Mormon Opinion" by many mainstream LDS, I love that this apostle was bold enough to try and define what exactly Mormon doctrine is. I have referenced this book several times during my life.
View all 7 comments. May 26, James Badger rated it liked it.
Well, I can't say that I didn't enjoy this book, because I certainly did, but I didn't enjoy it in the same way that I did when I read it as a 14 year old. On that particular go-round I had a difficult time with the passages dealing with the fact that, according to Bruce, black people would never get the priesthood because of the sins of their parents millenia before.
I still don't like those passages, but since Bruce R. McConkie and I no longer share a common belief system, his ridiculousness d Well, I can't say that I didn't enjoy this book, because I certainly did, but I didn't enjoy it in the same way that I did when I read it as a 14 year old.
McConkie and I no longer share a common belief system, his ridiculousness does not reflect on my quality as a human being not that it ever really did. Anyway, my 14 year old self was very impressed with McConkie's grasp on every important gospel topic, but my adult self is not nearly as impressed. Given the many harmful doctrines in this book and yes, I absolutely concede the point that this is not an official church document and is not an official statement of doctrine by the church.
Even so, it absolutely affected the way the laity approached their own theology, as it was arguably the most popular work on LDS theology for nearly a half century how is it that I can say I enjoyed it? In this book you will find doctrinal support for young earth creationism, misogyny, racism, classism, anti-intellectualism, sectarian conflict, Mormon exceptionalism, American exceptionalism, revisionist history, biblical literalism, and many many other nonsensical notions.
It's like a museum of bad ideas. In this sense I enjoyed reading it. I will not live my life by the principles in this book, and I would suggest that others do likewise.
Even if you're an active Mormon, chances are you are a much better person than Bruce R. McConkie would have you be. Keep it up. Apr 08, Cassy rated it really liked it.
It's an interesting approach to explaining Mormonism. Though it can't be classified as "doctrine" being that it is the opinion of one man and not endorsed by the church itself, it does offer some interesting and rather insightful view points about the LDS faith. But of course to find absolute truth, all ideas and comments made in the text must be compared with what is in the scriptures and what the prophets, through modern revelation, have told us is truth.
Jun 11, Matthew Fellows rated it did not like it. I feel weird giving this just one star in the same way I feel weird giving a movie like Troll 2 just one star inasmuch as both are so heinously awful and repulsive that it is morbidly enjoyable to experience them. I was grateful that she had taken the time to warn me and to teach me a valuable lesson: I was very glad to hear the news a year ago that the Church had finally begun to officially disassociate itself with the book.
Yet I still worry that the book lives on like that stubborn, garrulous old great-uncle you try to avoid at family reunions. Check out a first edition to see his rant about psychology as a tool of the devil.
That was later removed, along with many other things. When it was first published in , its appearance was news to the prophet, David O. But the Mormon people apparently loved it, and six years later McConkie lobbied the ailing prophet for a second edition.
It is not clear that McKay ever authorized it to be published under Church auspices, but McConkie moved forward anyway. I have not yet seen any such evidence. It helped some, but not entirely. There will probably never be an official repudiation of the book. It felt good to clear the air.
I would suggest this book to any one who loves to study the in depth doctrines of the church. This is really great, but more of an encyclopedia than a "book. A great thing to help you further your understanding of smaller gospel subjects. I love this book!
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It has really helped me with basic understanding of principles the 12 years I have been a member of this church. I love to read it like a book--front to back-- learning so many things all the way through. It has also helped with an increased perspective and knowledge when I have had to teach lessons, give talks and study the gospel a little more.
It's a must have in every LDS library! Mormon Doctrine is a tremendous resource for any member of the LDS faith. It can be a great resource for any gospel student that is serious about learning of the restored gospel.
Elder McConkie is one of the few legendary scholars that the LDS church has produced and to regard his work as flawed simply because some topics have become 'politically incorrect' is a ridiculous assumption. If permitted I would like to base my review on the original publication of , duly signed personally by Bruce R. I have found the volume over almost 50 years to have been a very valuable and faithful guide to my understanding of the Scriptures.
I have been so impressed that I am looking forward to acquiring a new version as a wonderful gift for the future generation. I highly recommend Mormon Doctrine to young and old as a constant and ready guide to the Word of God.
Talmage this is one of the two or three best books ever written on the subject of Mormon doctrine. Highly controversial in some circles because of the author's opinionated writing style it is nevertheless so well grounded in the scriptures and the revelations of Joseph Smith that it inspires as well as the scriptures themselves. It is one of very few books of which the Holy Ghost has testified to me. Highly Recommended. I would give it six stars if I could. Daughters of God.
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Jeffrey R.See verses in 2 above. And you do that in concert with health care professionals, with ecclesiastical leaders, with friends and family support. In it, one can read the book as McConkie originally intended. History[ edit ] In , McConkie, then a member of the First Council of the Seventy of the LDS Church, published a book entitled Mormon Doctrine: A Compendium of the Gospel, which he described as "the first major attempt to digest, explain, and analyze all of the important doctrines of the kingdom" and "the first extensive compendium of the whole gospel—the first attempt to publish an encyclopedic commentary covering the whole field of revealed religion.
The instructions and chastisement that the Lord gave the Prophet also help us to know how each person should study and use the book.
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