I had a few close encounters with Elder McConkie, but unfortunately I cannot go into detail. For this reason some may assume the story below is made up. Oh, well.
Anyway, without going into detail--I was present in a meeting, Elder McConkie was in charge, and a much younger brother, a minor local church leader, gathered up his courage at the end of the meeting and approached Elder McConkie with a delicate but harmless question. It were as though I was witnessing a little kid with a pop gun approach a soldier dressed out in full military regalia, but instead of responding in a way appropriate to such a harmless threat, the soldier climbs aboard a tank and runs over and completely annihilates the little kid with the pop gun.
I have since wondered about this young man, what became of him--recalling, as I do, his fallen countenance and shock at Elder McConkie's needlessly offensive reply.
For the "choir", i.e., the righteous and all of those firm in the faith, Elder McConkie was great. But for those with questions, honest doubts....
So what? They're human. My inlaws were in their home ward when Elder Haight came for a visit. The organist was sitting at the organ, her husband on the stand, and their 8 young children a little unruly. Elder Haight interrupted the meeting to demand that the parents of these children control them. Elder McConkie was not a people person. That isn't a requirement for the office.