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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Letters to the Editor I I bitterly resent being spoon-fed platitudinous pablum, resent the atmosphere that discourages any kind of independent thought and the seemingly complacent satisfaction with things as they are. Dialogue has been an antidote for this. I hope you are able to continue. Accordingly I am enclosing an address change, a check for renewal of my subscription and a gift subscription. Also, a promise to do recruitment work for Dialogue, if it is not too late. Lula DeValve Logan, Utah You're just in time!—Ed. reaching the individual Dialogue has done so much in promoting our hope and faith in the Church by exposing us to individuals who are not afraid to express themselves. The aim of the Church has been to "reach the individual." Dialogue has been touching our lives for five years and we thank you. Jack and Adele Livingston Granada Hills, California ". . . and ye that are upon the islands of the sea" I would like you to know that I am very impressed with Dialogue. I am now living and quietly going crazy in Laie, Hawaii, which as you probably know, is a predominantly Mormon community. Your journal is very much appreciated here, not only by me but by many faculty members at the Church College of Hawaii, where I am teaching. Yours is an intelligent voice many of us are eager to listen and respond to. Let nothing silence that voice. Steven Goldsberry Laie, Hawaii the real anti-mormon literature The following letter was written to Samuel Taylor in regard to his widely popular night-fail AT NAUVOO. Dear Mr. Taylor: For several months I have been going to write you on your style. I felt we had finally raised up a worthy answer to Fawn Brodie in yourself. However, your book, Nightfall at Nauvoo killed the prophet and did him worse than George Q. Cannon, who sterilized him. Surely you can do better than this. You erred in the same way as John C. Bennett in his tirade on Mormonism. It seems ridiculous that 15,000 Saints would follow the prophet through thick and thin as they did if he was really as you portrayed in this book. I still have confidence in your writing and hope you could make Joseph live for us Mormons. O. D. Perkes, M.D. Afton, Wyoming Samuel Taylor Responds If you can cite any misstatement of fact in my book, Nightfall at Navoo, I will be happy to know of it. Unfortunately, we Mormons have been fed on literary mythology that often has scant relationship to the truth. For example, the Church Information Service made a film on Nauvoo, and a scholar whom I rate the world's greatest expert on Nauvoo told me it contained 87 errors of fact. When you can be wrong 87 times in a half hour, you're really dedicated to mythology. I know of no truth in our history that should harm anyone. However, I consider half-truth as extremely dangerous. And it is this suppression and manipulation of truth which is, in my opinion, the real anti-Mormon literature. Sincerely, Samuel W. Taylor more news on quetzalcoatl I would like to publicly thank Marden Clark for his kind and gracious letter in the last issue. In the same issue, on the last page, I am incorrectly listed as being from Uruguay. Actually, I was born in Ecuador (as far from Uruguay as Oregon is from South Carolina), and I have lived in the USA all of my adult life. The error derives, I suppose, from the phonetic similarity between my name (which, by the way, is a Basque name) and that of the "Oriental Republic." I do not approve of the editorial insertion of the words "more recent" in the first paragraph of my review of Dr. Cheesman's book (p. 92). Most Dialogue readers, including myself, are descended from the European invaders of America, so there is no real need for qualification. With respect to Pratt de Perez's letter, allow me to modestly point out that I had already indicated the needed correction on the subject of Quetzalcoatl (my letter on this appeared in volume 7, No. 4). I am grateful for the support and confirmation of the point I made, and even more for the additional information, especially the names of the divine Quetzal-coatl's parents, Ometecuhtli and Omecihuatl. Besides the god, and the priest born in the year Ce Acatl (843 A.D.), there was a Toltec conqueror in the 11th century who invaded Yucatan, and a large indeterminate number of people who also appropriated the name. Benjamin Urrutia Provo, Utah