In our casting about essential Mormon texts and our questing for Mormon literary achievement, I think that we frequently foget on of the great Mormon mediums and one that we have produced in huge quanties, with occasional examples of great quality. I am talking about sermons.
What sermons would everyone put on their list of “essential mormon texts”? Here are some possiblities:
Joseph Smith, “The King Follett Discourse”
Bruce R. McConkie, “The Purifying Power of Gethsemane”
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Our Mission of Saving”
Ezra Taft Benson, “Beware of Pride”
Spencer W. Kimball, “The False Gods that We Worship” (not quite a sermon — it was published as a First Presidency Message in the Ensign — but still within the genre, I think.)
B.H. Roberts, “The Mormon Doctrine of Diety” (Chapter 1 was first delivered as a sermon)
Just a start and in no particular order. Further suggestions?