Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1-3

Sermons & Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith

Synopsis: A collection of the sermons and writings of Joseph Fielding Smith made in the mid-1950's, at the time when he was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, compiled by his son-in-law Elder Bruce R. McConkie (then of the seventy). The collection is comprehensive and comprises of three volumes.

Strong Points: The series is incredibly comprehensive, and entirely as interesting as it is comprehensive. Found within the three volumes are extensive discussions on such topics as the Adam/God Theory, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, evolution, progression between kingdoms, the Second Coming, conditions of the earth in the Millennium, and a host of other fascinating topics. Not only is the breadth of topics astounding, but they are almost without exception covered in great depth. President Smith was one of the greatest doctrinal minds the Church has ever produced, being both a historian and the Church's foremost scriptorian for many decades. These volumes are a true treasure, and should be a ready reference in the home library of each Latter-day Saint.

Weak Points: This book was packed with highly reliable and scripturally accurate teachings. Nevertheless, I did find a few (and only a very, very few) minor points on which I choose to very respectfully depart: President Smith's views on the matter of Book of Mormon geography was one of these. Also, another small weakness in the book is that Doctrines of Salvation only includes President Smith's teachings up to the year of 1956; he had many more years of preaching since that time.

Interesting: 5/5

Must Read: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

 
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