“Pearl of Great Price Conference”
James R. Clark, Conference Director
December 10, 1960 pps. 64-83
DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES AND TEACHINGS OF THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE—
THE CHALLENGE OF JOSEPH SMITH
Dr. Hyrum L. Andrus
As early as 1820, Joseph Smith challenged the world with a new concept of God, a concept that Latter-day Saints, even today, have not understood. Nor have we comprehended and seen it in its proper relationship to the gospel. To approach this concept of God I would like to break it down into four fundamental parts. First, the Prophet Joseph Smith, as we find in the Pearl of Great Price, taught us concerning a personal God; second, he taught us concerning a God of divine glory; third, he taught us concerning a God as an Eternal Father; and, finally, he taught us concerning God as a social being, an individual who is related with other divine Beings, in a divine economy after which the Law of Consecration and Stewardship, as we know it, is patterned. To understand the L.D.S. concept of God, as the Prophet gave it to us, we must understand Him in these four relationships; and see how these related aspects tie in with each other. Then, seeing things from this light, many important questions pertaining to God may be reconciled.
I have said at times that Mormonism reconciles the irreconcilable. For example, Mormonism combines the concept of a God who is a personal being with a doctrine of the immanence of divinity in all things, where God actually is in and through all things. Next, Mormonism contemplates and expresses in its doctrine the concept of a God who is endowed with an eternal fulness of all truth, yet at the same time is a progressive being. Here again it reconciles the irreconcilable.
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