File:1958-Mormon Doctrine-Bruce R McConkie.pdf

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This file contains the entire first edition of ‘Mormon Doctrine’ (MD). MD was written by Bruce R. McConkie and published in 1958.


According to the book’s preface, MD “...is the first major attempt to digest, explain, and analyze all of the important doctrines of the kingdom”.

The book contains many interpretations of Mormon scripture that some consider to be extreme and not in line with mainstream or more common interpretations. One such example is McConkie's claim that the the Catholic Church is “the most abominable above all other churches” spoken of in 1 Nephi 13:5. This and other interpretations were removed from later editions.

For many years, members of the Mormon Church turned to this book as an authoritative source when trying to understand some of the deepest aspects of the Church’s doctrine. Church leaders, including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, found some of the content to be inaccurate and, at their request and approval, a second edition was published in 1966. The second edition contained edits that were approved David O. McKay, the President of the Church at the time.

A third edition was published in 1978 after the Mormon Church decided to allow people of African descent hold the priesthood and receive the full blessings of the temple.

The Church discontinued the printing of the book permanently in 2010.

The first edition is very rare and difficult to find. In it, one can read the book as McConkie originally intended.

Note: A copy of this same book is also available here. This version is of poor quality and does not provide the benefit of searchable text. MormonLeaks has released this version to provide the public with an option that is more easily accessible.

This file was first published by MormonLeaks on October 1, 2018.

See Also

The McConkie Papers

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