Dirkmaat, Gerrit John, MacKay, Michael Hubbard, Sweat, Anthony
Doctrine: Models to Evaluate Types and Sources of Latter-day Saint Teachings
Religious Studies Center, BYU
"The purpose of this article is to open a dialogue about the nuances and complexities of Mormon doctrine by proposing two models: the first to evaluate varying types of doctrine and the second to evaluate official sources of doctrine. We begin by defining and understanding the word doctrine. Next we explore various aspects of the word, including concepts such as 'eternal doctrine', 'supportive doctrine', 'policy doctrine', and 'esoteric doctrine.' We conclude by considering categories that may help us evaluate 'official doctrine' and the power in prophetic keys to declare and expound doctrine."