A New Witness for the Articles of Faith

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith

by Bruce R. McConkie

In his monumental work A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, completed shortly before his death in 1985, Elder Bruce R.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Religion
  • Rating: 4.28
  • Pages: 720
  • Publish Date: June 1st 1993 by Shadow Mountain
  • Isbn10: 0875796826
  • Isbn13: 9780875796826

What People Think about "A New Witness for the Articles of Faith"

When I brought it home and read his final testimony as found in the Preface of this book, I received a sure witness from the Holy Ghost that his words were true. To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful." (D&C 46:13-14.) This witness became the foundation on which my study of the gospel was built.

This is a good book containing some of Elder McConkie's insights about the Articles of Faith - a foundational document of beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book: "Salvation--blessed, hallowed, wondrous word--salvation is available to men on earth today because of Joseph Smith, the prophet and seer of the latter days. He is a new witness for the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel (p. He is the one sent of God to reveal the truths of salvation to people on earth and to perform with heavenly power the ordinances that seal them up unto eternal life. 15).'" "The Articles of Faith are part of an eternal fulness of everlasting truth that was then and is now in process of being revealed by the Lord to his people (p. 64).'" "It is the design and the purpose of Deity to keep man's attention everlastingly center in the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. The more man knows about God and Christ and the fall and the eternal plan of redemption, the greater will be his desire to be reconciled to God and to receive the blessings offered by the great Mediator (p. 114)." "'Faith is the first principle in revealed religion, and the foundation of all righteousness (Joseph Smith, p. 165).'" "In this mortal probation, as pilgrims far from their heavenly home, the saints are called upon to put first in their lives the things of God's kingdom and to let the things of this world sink into a place of relative insignificance. 189)." "'When men begin to live by faith they begin to draw near to God; and when faith is perfected they are like him; and because he is saved they are saved also; for they will be in the same situation he is in, because they have come to him; and when he appears they shall be like him, for they will see him as he is (Joseph Smith, p. By faith, Adam, dwelling in the peace and serenity of Eden, chose to fall that mortal man might be; this he did knowing that such a course opened the door to immortality and eternal life... 337)." "The gifts of the Spirit are for believing, faithful, righteous people; they are reserved for the saints of God. They come from God in heaven to man on earth in a miraculous manner. 371)." "Prayer is the way ordained of God whereby mortal men can converse, by the power of the Spirit, with their Immortal Father. Revelation truly is the beginning and the end, the reality that makes all things possible, the great and grand principle that separates the saints from those in the world who are without God and without hope (p. First, the Lord reveals the truths of salvation; he tells fallen men of the salvation that is in Christ; and he charts for them the course leading to eternal life. Those saints whose souls are attuned to the Infinite believe all that God has revealed; they need only be taught that any particular truth came by revelation, and they automatically believe it (p. 483)?" "We look forward to the future with joy...All thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the gospel of Jesus Christ (p. And is it an unseemly or unrighteous desire on man's part to hope and live and pray, all in such a way as to qualify for so great a manifestation (p 492)?" "The Lord be praised for the gathering of his people (p. It is the book, given of God, to prove the truth and divinity, of his great latter-day work. 554)." "Zion is a people--pure people; people who walk with God; people from whose souls sin and evil have been burned by he sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost.... Our work is to preach the gospel to every nation and kindred and tongue and people, in plainness and perfection, but the power of the Spirit, unto the convincing of those who hear our words.... Until then we have no choice but to use our means, talents, and time in the building up of the Lord's work on earth and the establishment of Zion (p. They will include faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other upright and decent people who, following the light of Christ, have manged to rise above the world and walk in paths of decency and uprightness (p. Unless men have their agency--given of God in preexistence, given anew in the garden of Eden, and given again after the fall--unless men are free to choose, they cannot gain liberty and eternal life through the great Mediator of all men (p. 692)." "It is the hope and prayer of this disciple that the doctrines announced and the truths taught in the Articles of Faith may live in the hearts of the Latter-day Saints and of all who will yet join with them in striving to gain that eternal life which is the greatest of all the gifts of God. There is no salvation in an unused truth; it is only when men conform to the truth and make it a part of their very being that they advance and progress and finally qualify to return to the Eternal Presence.

although it was enlightening to have all the stuff that i learned from the various church books and programs in one place.

My biggest point of criticism is that McConkie was a wordy writer. With all of this criticisms, I think that I will pick up a different book the next time I want to learn about the Articles of Faith.

Yes, McConkie was a divisive figure, but I'll try to just focus on his writing here.

The author's writing style can be a combination of dry, flowery, and authoritative, yet the best part the book is in the introductory material.

Bruce Redd McConkie was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).