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Truth Eternal: Six Essential Doctrinal Works Every Latter-day Saint Should Know

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“This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3.)

At a symposium on the New Testament on August 15–17, 1984, at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Elder Bruce R. McConkie, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave a landmark address titled “The Bible, a Sealed Book.” In it he noted: “We should be aware that there are approved and inspired writings that are not in the standard works. These writings also are true and should be used along with the scriptures themselves in learning and teaching the gospel. Next to the standard works, five of the greatest documents in our literature are—

“1. The ‘Wentworth Letter.’ Written by the Prophet Joseph Smith, it contains an account of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, of the organization of the Church in this dispensation, and of the persecutions suffered by the early Latter-day Saints. The thirteen Articles of Faith are part of this letter.

“2. The ‘Lectures on Faith.’ These lectures were prepared by and under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith and were taught by him and by others in the School of the Prophets. The Prophet said they embraced ‘the important doctrine[s] of salvation.’

“3. ‘The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and the Twelve.’ This exposition sets forth the status and relationship of the Father and the Son, shows those ways in which Christ is the Father, and through its various recitations lays to rest the false and heretical view that Adam is our Father and our God.

“4. The ‘King Follett Sermon’ and the ‘Sermon in the Grove.’ These two sermons, one in thought and content, set forth the doctrine of the plurality of Gods and of becoming joint heirs with Christ. They show that man may become as his Maker and reign in celestial exaltation forever.

“5. ‘The Origin of Man,’ by the First Presidency of the Church. This inspired writing sets forth the official position of the Church on the origin of man.”

Almost Scripture includes these important documents listed by Elder McConkie, along with a few other works that teach the most glorious truths of the Restoration. These truths must not be lost or glossed over, for they, along with the Atonement, are at the very core of the plan of salvation, revealing the fundamental meaning of life and the transcendent purpose of our Heavenly Father’s work: “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39.)

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