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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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Harold B. Lee, i8gg-%gy^ I 15 Elder Lee resigned his job as city commissioner and became the prime mover in creating the Church Security Program, later called the Church Welfare Program. This new movement soon improved the economic well-being and personal morale of thousands of needy Latter-day Saints, and in addition caught the imagination of journalists all over the nation. In beginning the Welfare program, President Lee relied upon the organization of the Priesthood, and it was the need to use the Priesthood to its fullest capacity that made him so interested in "Correlation." In Welfare work he demonstrated a penchant for organization and administration. In the late 1940s, as a member of the Council of the Twelve, he presented to the First Presidency a special committee report on the organization of the Church. The First Presidency had asked for the study in order to find ways to simplify the programs of the Church and at the same time improve the effectiveness of their work. In i960 the First Presidency made a similar request to the General Priesthood Committee, of which Elder Lee was chairman. In addition, the committee was asked to work out a correlated system of gospel study for the entire priesthood and auxiliary program of the Church. From then until his death, President Lee was best known among the general membership of the Church for his leadership in helping to develop the Correlation program. And when the Church Correlation Committee was organized in 1961, Elder Lee was appointed chairman and he held that responsibility until January, 1972. In this capacity he employed all of his talents and knowledge to help refine Church administration so that a systematic program for teaching the gospel to children, youth and adults could be implemented. In addition, he led out in inaugurating and perfecting a system for better communications between Church leaders at all levels of administration. At the heart of his philosophy was the idea that all programs of the Church should be placed more fully under the direction of the priesthood, and this objective found place in many of his sermons, particularly in his later years. Grand as his contributions to the organization and administration of the Church may have been, however, they were no more important than the personal impact he had upon the lives of individual members. My own experience is only one example. I am sure he influenced different members in different ways, but for me three memories have special significance. In each case I was part of a group, and Elder Lee had no idea that I was there, or even who I was. Maybe it was because I was looking for something special at the time—but whatever it was, his ideas found place in my heart and became highly personal and spiritual to me. The first came twenty years ago—in the summer of 1954 when I was a young seminary teacher attending the BYU summer session for all teachers in the Church School System. This was a special summer, because for five weeks Elder Harold B. Lee was our instructor. I don't know how his instruction affected others, or what they remember from it, but as a young teacher I was particularly concerned with the fact that there were so many differing points of view within the Church on so many issues. The differences as such did not bother me, for I had already been reconciled to the fact that the Lord did not expect complete uniformity among His Saints on everything. But I badly wanted to hear a Church leader say that not everything written in so-called "church books" had to be accepted as scripture. Maybe that was why I was impressed with what happened on June 22, the day