Introduction

Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, (2000), 1


Doctrines of the Gospel, Religion 430–31, is a course designed to help you systematically study the principles and doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ from the four standard works of the Church. Hence, your basic texts are the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. This student manual is a guide to help you study the scriptures and to provide a basis for classroom discussion.

Every chapter has two sections, Doctrinal Outline and Supporting Statements. In the first section, Doctrinal Outline, the subject is divided into a number of statements, which in turn are further divided into still more specific statements. Scripture references for each doctrinal statement build on each other in a logical and sequential manner. The second section, Supporting Statements, consists of commentaries from prophets and apostles in this dispensation.

It is recommended that you read the introduction to each lesson and then read quickly through each statement in the outline. Next, look up each scripture reference in the order it is listed. Finally, read through the supporting statements.