LDS Beliefs: A Doctrinal Reference

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

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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.

About the Authors

Camille Fronk Olson

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.

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Brent L. Top

Brent L. Top is dean of Religious Education and former chair of Church history and doctrine at BYU. Brother Top has written numerous books, including coauthoring 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.

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Andrew C. Skinner

Andrew C. Skinner is a former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and founding executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU. He is Professor of Ancient Scripture and Near Eastern Studies at BYU, a member of the international advisory board of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, author of several books and over 200 articles and encyclopedia entries on religious and historical topics. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, holds masters’ degrees from Iliff School of Theology and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in European and Near Eastern history from the University of Denver. He pursued graduate studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and taught at BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies on several occasions. He taught Military History at the University of Colorado and Ricks College and was the recipient of a U.S. Military Academy Fellowship in U.S. military history. He is married to Janet Corbridge Skinner.

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Robert L. Millet

Robert L. Millet, former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor emeritus of ancient scripture. After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. Brother Millet is a beloved speaker and the author of numerous books. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.

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Must have for College
By , Submitted on 2016-10-12

I am so glad I have this as a personal tool and one that is aiding in my BYU-I Pathways. Granted. As a convert as well this is a gentle way to gain a deeper understanding of clearly explained, complete clear referencing from all scriptures and talks that simplifies topics leaving no question.

great update!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Lost opportunity
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Excellent resource
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

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