“Having Not Understood the Scriptures”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The peace in the land which has flowed from the faith of believers is punctuated by a doctrinal misunderstanding. There are those who presumably begin to conclude that the birth, rather than the death, of Christ was to be that moment in history wherein the law of Moses would be done away.

In reality, it is not the life of Christ- albeit that was a matchless example of perfection- on which the hinge of eternity turns; rather, the sufferings and death of Christ put in motion the atoning sacrifice, which brought to fulfillment the temporary law, the law of Moses.

The scriptures plainly taught that the Lord of life must suffer and die before that law, and especially animal sacrifice, would be done away. That those who preached falsehood in this regard were not malicious in their intent is evident from their speedy conversion to the truth when they were confronted.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4