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“Convince us of our errors of doctrine, if we have any, by reason, by logical arguments, or by the word of God, and we will be ever grateful for the information.”
— Orson Pratt
10th Mormon apostle
The Seer, Vol. 1, p. 15
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 their scripture.
The sitting Mormon prophet generally has the final say. This has caused doctrinal evolution and contradictions over the years. As a result, what may be considered true or emphasized today may be deemed false or minimized tomorrow. And what is currently prohibited—such as polygamy, denying blacks the priesthood, and the teaching that Adam is God—were once accepted tenets of the church.
Since Mormonism claims to be restored Christianity, the handbook examines those doctrines that separate Mormonism from Christianity.