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A Bright Ray Of Hope: The Perpetual Education Fund Hardcover – November 1, 2004


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  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159038234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590382349
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,177,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elder John K. Carmack was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April 1984. He received a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University and a J.D. degree from UCLA. He was a legislative assistant to the California Legislature before entering private law practice. He has served in several area presidencies, as executive director of the Church Historical Department, and as president of the Idaho Boise Mission. Elder Carmack was named emeritus General Authority in October 2001.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Brian Watkins VINE VOICE on January 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
President Gordon B. Hinckley is sustained as THE prophet by over 12 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The final say in how the Church is directed rests entirely with President Hinckley and this book is a fascinating exposition of how the Lord continues to unfold the earthly organization that He will use to accomplish the goals outlined in scripture.

In the story as presented by Elder Carmack, we can see that while the idea behind the PEF was around since Brigham Young and while the need for educational assistance to the poor was recognized and the subject of existing programs, that the proper and inspired implementation of this far-reaching program combined several factors: (1) Strong local priesthood leadership, (2) Financial strength and willingness to contribute on the part of the general membership, (3) Particular expertise in multi-national financing and administration, (4) Existing resources at the General Administration level, and most importantly, (5) A Prophet inspired by God to present the program, motivate the people and put the whole mix together at the right time and in the right way.

Elder Carmack shows how the Lord had prepared individuals (including the membership of the Church itself) in miraculous ways to fulfill a role in bringing this program online. In so doing, he shows how the Church is administered at the highest levels. It is comforting to know that President Hinckley has the resources to accomplish such tremendously significant tasks and compelling to ponder on the incredible benefits that this profound program will have on the lives of individuals and influence of the Lord's Church.

(The book should be required reading for Priesthood leadership if only to teach how effectively the First Presidency conducts its private meetings.)
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I had the privilege of serving as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, and served under Elder Carmack when he was mission president

His writing style is that same as his speaking style. I could visualize him teaching a group of missionaries the gospel of Jesus Christ.

His ability to portray the development of the Education fund, on a "line upon line"basis makes this book an entertaining and instructional read.

The only two items of criticism l might have would be that it would have been nice to read a bit more of the individuals who received assistance; personalizing this program a bit more.

I would also like to see a new updated "Where are we now"edition. Since his release from this calling, it would be nice to have an update on both the organizational structure, and the lives of the first recipients of the fund.

It is an excellent book and well worth the read .
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