LDS Beliefs: A Doctrinal Reference (Hardcover)

by Robert L. Millet, Camille Fronk Olson, Andrew C. Skinner, Brent L. Top


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What do you know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Would you like to know more?

Whether we are the most recent convert or the oldest lifelong Church member or anyone in between, these familiar questions prompt us to consider our personal store of gospel knowledge and to accept the Lord's invitation to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77)

This landmark work is a trustworthy and convenient guide to distinctive LDS doctrines. It comes at a time when it is vital for us to clearly understand the principal teachings of our Church so we can share knowledge with each other and with persons not of our faith.

Entries on nearly four hundred topics range from “Adamic Language” to “Elect of God” to “Saviors on Mount Zion” to “War in Heaven” — all written in a conversational tone and with a cordial and inviting spirit. It is the most comprehensive and up-to-date one-volume reference work on LDS beliefs produced in many years.

As President Boyd K. Packer has taught, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.” This book will change our lives and enrich our gospel conversations.

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  • Size:  6x9
  • Pages:  688
  • Published:  10/2011

About the Authors

Robert L. Millet, an Abraham O. Smoot Professor and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor of ancient scripture and a lifelong scholar of the last days. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.

CAMILLE FRONK OLSON, professor of ancient scripture, serves as chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. She earned an MA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and a PhD in the sociology of the Middle East from BYU. Formerly dean of students at LDS Business College, she has served on the Young Women General Board and on the Church’s Teacher Development Curriculum Committee. She is a popular speaker and writer whose published books include Women of the Old Testament; In the Hands of the Potter; Mary, Martha and Me; and Too Much to Carry Alone. She and her husband, Paul, reside in Provo, Utah.

Andrew C. Skinner is a professor of ancient scripture and Near Eastern studies and holder of the Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University, where he served as dean of Religious Education and as the first executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. A member of the international editorial group that translated the Dead Sea Scrolls and author or coauthor of more than two hundred articles and books on religious and historical topics, Dr. Skinner taught at the BYUJerusalem Center and was its associate director. He has served in the Church in several capacities: bishop, counselor in the Israel district presidency, member of the Correlation Evaluation Committee, and member of the Sunday School General Board. He and his wife, Janet Corbridge Skinner, are the parents of six children and grandparents of seven.

Brent L. Top is a professor and the chair of Church history and doctrine at BYU, where he has also served as associate dean of Religious Education. Brother Top has written numerous books, including co-authoring LDS Beliefs: A Doctrinal Reference, and is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He served as mission president of the Illinois Peoria Mission and is currently serving as a stake president. Brent and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of four children and live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Children of God

God is our Father in Heaven, the Father of the spirits of all humankind (Hebrews 12:9). We are his spirit children. Because of the Fall, however, we come forth into a world of sin, a fallen world in which we are alienated from things of righteousness, including the royal family of God. Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—which brings forth repentance, baptism, and the reception of the Spirit—we are forgiven of our sins and become innocent before God. In addition, through the Atonement we are reinstated into the family of God. That is, we become “children of God” in this sense by rebirth, by adoption, by regeneration.

The apostle John wrote, as a part of the prologue to his Gospel, that Jesus “came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:11–12; see also 3 Nephi 9:16–17). We must be given power—gospel power, Atonement power—to become a son or daughter of God. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the [children] of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the [children] of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be [in the resurrected, glorified state]: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:1–3). By Christ “and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” through the Atonement (D&C 76:24).


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Excellent resource

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  November 29, 2011

This is a great doctrinal and historical reference arranged by topic. Well-researched and referenced, including sources for every article. I have the eBook edition as well on Deseret Bookshelf and it's turned out to be very handy for teaching Sunday School since it's both arranged by topic and searchable.

Lost opportunity

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  February 06, 2012

A general introduction to LDS beliefs only. I cannot but think this edition which is largely made up of quotes from leaders is really a lost opportunity given the tidal wave of material on the net which distorts and attacks our beliefs. This volume in my assessment could have easily addressed some of the critical issues which we as a church are still largely silent on, except for our academics, so why not use the opportunity? This book could have and may have been compiles by research students.I dont identify any of the authors proven ability in this book.

great update!

by  Jason  -   reviewed on  February 14, 2012

I grew up with 'Mormon Doctrine' by McConkie, and this is a fantastic update, removing some of the sections regarding members of African descent that applied more in the 70's. Wonderful explanation of our current beliefs! Thanks to all involved.

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