While Mormons like to write in telling us the LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie wasn’t speaking for the Church whenever he published or taught something, their statements are patently false. His writings and teachings appear in authoritative LDS publications even today just as this one does.
I found this teaching in Doctrines of the Gospel, Student Manuals listed on their websites for students of LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Thus, it is being used as I type this today. This particular teaching smacks of Hinduism!
Spirit Elephants & Spirit Trees
Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, Chapter 7, The Creation; “Man and all forms of life existed as spirit beings and entities before the foundations of this earth were laid. There were spirit men and spirit beasts, spirit fowls and spirit fishes, spirit plants and spirit trees. Every creeping thing, every herb and shrub, every amoeba and tadpole, every elephant and dinosaur—all things—existed as spirits, as spirit beings, before they were placed naturally upon the earth” (Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, 642–43).”
Remember…pray for the kids who are being fed these lies!
With Love in Christ;