The author of Mormons An Open Book did not put his name on the cover or title page of the book, choosing instead to identify himself merely as “a Mormon.” The author identifies himself in his “Author’s Note” as Anthony Sweat, “a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, …a Latter-day Saint religious educator” (vii). In the Preface Dr. Sweat explains, “This book is an attempt to say, in essence, ‘Hey, this is what we actually believe. You can take it or leave it, but at least you now you know’” (x). Over the next 26 chapters comprising 243 pages, readers get a taste of everything Mormon, from the content of the Church’s central message to the prevalence of pot-luck funeral potatoes.