“Marry Was Carried Away in the Spirit”

D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

The language of this verse provides a respectful shroud of silence regarding the details of the relationship. On Mary’s being carried away by the Spirit and conceiving, Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: “Without overstepping the bounds of propriety by saying more than is appropriate, let us say this: God the Almighty; the Maker and Preserver and Upholder of all things … who is infinite and eternal, elects, in his fathomless wisdom, to beget a Son, an Only Son, the Only Begotten in the flesh.

“God, who is infinite and immortal, condescends to step down from his throne, to join with one who is finite and mortal in bringing forth, ‘after the manner of the flesh,’ the Mortal Messiah.” 28

“There was only one Christ,” Elder McConkie also wrote, “and there is only one Mary. Each was noble and great in preexistence, and each was foreordained to the ministry he or she performed. We cannot but think that the Father would choose the greatest female spirit to be the mother of his Son, even as he chose the male spirit like unto him to be the Savior.” 29

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