Once upon a time there was a little kingdom called Rayad. The tiny people who inhabited this kingdom were called Rayadites. They lived happily, sharing and caring about each other. Life was good to them. There were only a few things they needed to watch out for; for instance, chocolate cake or wearing the color red. If any Rayadite ever ate chocolate cake or wore red, his spirit would become weakened and he would care less and less about himself and the rules of the kingdom.
Once upon a time, there was a mighty man named Thor who, though born of mortal parents, seemed anything but mortal to those around him. He was stronger than any ox, faster than a pack of running wolves, and more clever than a fox. His friends praised him, and his enemies greatly feared him.
A Heavenly Manifestation given to Heber Q. Hale, President of the Boise Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as related by him at the Genealogical Conference held in the auditorium of the Bishops Building, Salt Lake City, Utah on October 1920, requested by the Presidency of the Church of 1920.
I met him just once—at a sacrament meeting held with the LDS servicemen of the 15th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, during the Korean War. There were about 15 of us crowded into a front-line bunker. Using our own canteen cups and C-ration crackers, we blessed and partook of the sacrament; and since it was the first Sunday of the month we then turned the time over to the bearing of testimonies.
This talk is commonly referred to as "Bruce R. McConkie's Last Testimony." Elder McConkie gave this talk in the Saturday morning session of General Conference in April 1985. He was not originally scheduled to speak at this conference because he was suffering from the late stages of cancer and was not thought to be well enough. However, Elder McConkie made a special request to speak at the conference knowing that this would likely be his last opportunity to speak publicly to the church. He passed away thirteen days after giving this testimony.
He walked around his desk and with a smirk began his lecture. "During the course of this semester all who have the desire to remain in this section of Anthropology 201 will learn the truth. In learning the truth you will find every belief you have ever held about God or religion in general will be destroyed."
Several weeks ago the impression came to me strongly that I was to deliver to the members of the wards in the stake an explicit message about the meaning of the covenant we undertake in connection with temple marriage. At one time, I proposed within myself to put it off until Fall Semester when I thought it would be more appropriate, as more members would likely be present. However, it was made clear to me that no postponement was in order.