As most people are aware Elder McConkie also wrote the chapter headings for the Bible, Book of Mormon, and the Pearl of Great Price. What is often missed here is that these headings constitute a commentary, howbeit brief, on each chapter in these books.
I am deeply grateful to Heavenly Father for blessing us with the teachings of Bruce R. McConkie. In my opinion, he had a deeper and better understanding of the scriptures and modern revelation than almost any other person who has ever written on the doctrines of the Restoration. I find that in my own study of the scriptures, I usually understand them in the same way that Elder McConkie did. While he often mingled his “personal opinion” with scripture in teaching Mormon doctrine, and he never had authority to make official Church doctrine, to the best of my knowledge he never claimed such authority. He was a man like Paul who spoke the truth boldly, and what he spoke was indeed the truth in most instances. Paul was never the President of the Church either. But most of what he taught was scripture because he taught as moved upon by the Holy Ghost. And the scriptures themselves proclaim that whatever a man speaks by the power of the Holy Ghost is scripture. God bless Bruce R. McConkie and his wonderful family.