Chapter 5 McConkie and Dad: Memories, Dreams, and a
Rejection A Personal Essay
Context and Analysis:
"You Have Heard True Doctrine Taught":
Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s 1981-82 Addresses
Summary (Not part of the printed edition)
Part 2 examines the topic of secondary abuse—or the "innocent bystander"
phenomenon. Although a single person may be singled out for punishment, that punishment
affects relatives, friends, professional associates, and strangers. The abused person may become a cautionary
lesson of how to stay out of "trouble" with the Church.
Chapter 5 is the personal experience of David G. Pace, whose father, George
Pace, received a summary, public chastisement. This chapter describes the effect
on the family of George Pace.
Chapter 6 gives a biographical overview of George Pace, summarizes
the contents of his book, quotes from publicly
available reports on Elder McConkie’s attacks, then recounts some of the public
reactions and responses to those attacks, including George Pace’s letter of
"clarification" and apology. Lavina Fielding Anderson's analysis of
David Pace's experience and Elder McConkie's statements concludes the chapter.