Joseph Fielding McConkie

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Joseph Fielding McConkie (April 3, 1941 – October 10, 2013)[1] was a professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University (BYU) and an author or co-author of over 25 books.

McConkie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the son of Bruce R. McConkie and Amelia Smith McConkie. In 1966, he married Brenda Kempton in the Salt Lake Temple.[2]

McConkie received a Doctorate of Education from BYU in 1973 and was an LDS Chaplain in Vietnam. He served in many capacities in the LDS Church, including as president of the Scotland Edinburgh Mission from 1989 to 1992. He also served as president of a student stake at BYU and was an Institute Director in Seattle, Washington.

Before retiring, McConkie taught at BYU as a Professor of Ancient Scripture in the College of Religious Education.


Many of McConkie's books primarily address Joseph of Egypt, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the revelations of the restoration. He said his book Between the Lines is an attempt to correct some misreadings of scripture.[3]



McConkie contributed columns to Meridian Magazine and LDS Living:

  • Mary and Elisabeth: Handmaidens of the Lord[4]
  • What Was It Like to Have Bruce R. McConkie as Your Father?[5]
  • Political and Religious Freedom: Understanding the Power God Gives Us [6]
  • Questions Commonly Asked By Those Not of Our Faith[7]
  • From Father to Son: Joseph F. McConkie on Gospel Teaching[8]
  • Joseph Smith and the One True Church Doctrine[9]


Some of McConkie's talks and lessons:

  • Finding Answers, BYU Devotional, 12 December 2006: video, audio, transcript
  • The How of Scripture Study, BYU Education Week, 23 August 2006: video, audio[permanent dead link]
  • The Smith Family and a Tradition of Revelation, Sperry Symposium, 28 October 2005: audio
  • The Prophet Joseph Smith: Revealer of Truth, BYU Education Week, 15 August 2005: video, audio[permanent dead link]
  • Joseph Smith as Known to Isaiah, BYU-I Devotional, 12 October 2004: audio
  • Agency, Ricks College Devotional, 9 November 1999: audio
  • The Prophet Joseph Smith: Evidences of His Testimony, BYU Education Week, 16 August 1999: audio[permanent dead link]
  • President Joseph F. Smith's Panoramic Vision: Doctrine & Covenants 138, BYU Education Week, 18 August 1997: audio
  • Recently[when?] interviewed on the topic of LDS scriptural interpretation and doctrine, on the LDS sponsored podcast "Mormon Identities," by Eric Huntsman (part 1 [1] and part 2 [2].)