Bill Beardall's online Gospel Doctrine class provides lesson outlines from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Gospel Doctrine class so that students can prepare and study before class. The church does not officially endorse the website.
Bill Beardall's Gospel Doctrine website follows the Gospel Doctrine manual published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The outlines are to supplement each week's Gospel Doctrine lesson rather than replace it. The website started in 1998 to provide students with additional gospel study material. Bill Beardall does not have any qualifications or credentials for preparing the outlines other than a love for studying the gospel. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1971 to 1973 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As of July 2015, he has served in various instructional capacities for the church.
Each outline begins with a Lesson Highlights section where Bill Beardall lists the main topics, the purpose, and what students should gain from the lesson. The next section summarizes the lesson's scripture verses and provides students with study guide questions and additional reading suggestions. The Gospel Doctrine Notebook section tells students how the lesson relates to them. The final section lists reference materials Bill Beardall used in preparing the outline and a link to the next week's lesson.