In this quick reference volume, noted teacher and gospel scholar David J. Ridges uses years of research to provide concise information on hundreds of beliefs and doctrines taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You will find this work to be an invaluable resource for checking both basic information and specific details of the beliefs and doctrines of the restored gospel. In addition, you will find references provided in each section for more in-depth study. This quick-reference book provides brief, easy-to-understand information on hundreds of topics of interest to those who have wondered what members of the LDS faith truly believe. Topics cover subjects such as: * The family * The Holy Trinity * Baptism * Faith and works * Heaven * The Second Coming * Resurrection * Baptism for the dead * Eternal marriage * Tithing * Same gender attraction * And much more As local and national media continues to spotlight the Mormons, people everywhere will find this volume to be the ultimate guide to understanding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
David J. Ridges taught for the Church Educational System for thirty-five years and is in his twenty-fifth year of teaching at BYU Campus Education Week. He has taught adult religion classes and Know Your Religion classes for BYU Continuing Education for many years.
He has served as a curriculum writer for the Sunday School, as well as for the seminaries and institutes of religion of the Church. He has served in many callings in the Church, including gospel doctrine teacher, bishop, stake president, and patriarch. He and Sister Ridges served a full-time eighteen month mission, training senior CES missionaries and helping coordinate their assignments throughout the world. He is currently serving as the executive secretary for the Sunday School general presidency of the Church.
Brother Ridges and his wife, Janette, are the parents of six sons and daughters and make their home in Springville, Utah.