Bruce R. McConkie

“A person may get converted in a moment, miraculously. But that is not the way it happens with most people. With most people, conversion [spiritual rebirth and the accompanying remission of sins] is a process; and it goes step by step, degree by degree, level by level, from a lower state to a higher, from grace to grace, until the time that the individual is wholly turned to the cause of righteousness. Now this means that an individual overcomes one sin today and another sin tomorrow. He perfects his life in one field now, and in another field later on. And the conversion process goes on until it is completed, until we become, literally, as the Book of Mormon says, saints of God instead of natural men.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  “Be Ye Converted” (address given at the BYU First Stake Quarterly Conference, 11 February 1968), 12.

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“Being born again is a gradual thing, except in a few isolated instances that are so miraculous they get written up in the scriptures. As far as the generality of the members of the Church are concerned, we are born again by degrees, and we are born again to added light and added knowledge and added desires for righteousness as we keep the commandments.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified,” 1976 Devotional Speeches of the Year

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“True worship goes on seven days a week. Sacraments and vows and covenants of renewal ascend to heaven daily in personal prayer.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  A New Witness for the Articles of Faith

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“Death can be comforting and sweet and precious or it can thrust upon us all the agonies and sulphurous burnings of an endless hell. And we—each of us individually—make the choice as to which it shall be.”

Bruce R. McConkie

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“One of the seven greatest heresies is that you must be perfect before you die.”

Bruce R. McConkie

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“the sacrament of the Lord’s supper is an ordinance of salvation in which all the faithful must participate if they are to live and reign with him.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  The Promised Messiah

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“Work on the projects ahead, and when you have taken one step in the acquiring of faith, it will give you the assurance in your soul that you can go forward and take the next step, and by degrees your power or influence will increase until eventually, in this world or the next, you will say to the Mt. Zerin’s [see Ether 12:30] in your life, “Be thou removed.” You will say to whatever encumbers your course of eternal progress, “Depart,” and it will be so”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  "Lord, Increase Our Faith,” BYU Speeches of the Year, October 1967, p. 11

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“Men are not born equal. They enter this life with the talents and capacities developed in preexistence…The talent of greatest worth was that of spirituality, for it enables us to hearken to the Holy Spirit and accept that gospel which prepares us for eternal life.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  A New Witness for the Articles of Faith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1985), 34

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“True religion is not a matter of intellectuality or of worldly prominence or renown, but of spirituality.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  Doctrinal New Testament Commentary (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971), 2:316

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“The most important single thing any latter day saint ever does in this world is to marry the right person in the right place and by the right authority.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  Agency or Inspiration?

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