Defining what Mormons believe can be a moving target.
- There is no single authoritative source as to what constitutes official LDS doctrine and official interpretation of its scripture.
- Generally the sitting Mormon prophet has the final say. This has caused doctrinal evolutions and contradictions over the years. Thus, what may be true or emphasized today may be deemed false or ignored tomorrow. Likewise, what is denied today may have been deemed true in the past. For examples see Adam/God, Polygamy, Blacks denied the priesthood
- Since Mormonism claims to be restored Christianity, the handbook only looks as those doctrines which separate Mormonism from Christianity.