In a conversation with Peter, the Savior declared: ". . . and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt. 16:18.)
"And how could it be otherwise?" asked Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Twelve. In his April 1981 general conference address, he identified the rock of which the Savior spoke as the rock of revelation. "There is no other foundation upon which the Lord could build His Church and kingdom. . . ."Revelation: Pure, perfect, personal revelation – this is the rock!
"Revelation that Jesus is the Christ: the plain, wondrous word that comes from God in heaven to man on earth, the word that affirms the divine Sonship of our Lord – this is the rock!
"The divine Sonship of our Lord: the sure, heaven-sent word that God is His Father and that He has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel – this is the rock!
"The testimony of our Lord: the testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy – this is the rock!
"All this is the rock, and yet there is more. Christ is the Rock: the Rock of Ages, the Stone of Israel, the Sure Foundation – the Lord is our Rock!"
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith; and April 1977 and April 1979 general conference reports.