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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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n8 I Dialogue and there are very few times that I will use the term "I know." Well, there may be somewhere in that territory of a testimony a festering thorn that requires a bitter pulling. I would say that one of the irreconcilables to me still is that I do not feel that my testimony, as I define it candidly and frankly, would be particularly welcome to my fellow members in the local ward. It is jarring to listeners to hear a testimony of this kind. It is jarring because of those who have gone before and those who will come afterwards. People do not come to testimony meeting to hear about doubts and uncertainties. For my part, there is something within me that is violated each time a person blandly says "I know" when I know damn well he doesn't. It irritates me just as a bland lie would. But I am imposing my own scientific standards for assessing what is true, the distinction between belief and wishfulness and knowledge, and the person giving a testimony is not making those distinctions. There are two languages, or perhaps better, two rhetorics rather than just one. And so I am irritated that members don't use these words in the way I think they ought to use them, and I am angry because I can't give my own testimony in my own way and be understood. There you have the ugly picture of marginality. There is not any place in a testimony meeting for a marginal member, even in the role of devil's advocate. D dvocate. DIALOGUE WITH A BIOlOGICAl SCIENTIST le for us the time in your life when you felt most involved in Would you describe for us the time in your life when you felt most involved in the Church? That may be now, when you were in the mission field, or some other time in your life. I have always been involved in the Church some way or another. I have been in the elders' quorum presidency several times in my life. I guess at the time of my marriage, I was most highly involved because I had to develop up to the point that I could qualify for that important event; I did, so I guess that I have always been involved, I have always had some kind of a job in the Church. At this point, I am a high priest and serve in several capacities. There is no one apex that you look back to as the time in your life that you felt most engaged in the activities of the Church? I do not think that there has ever been any real high point or low point. Sometimes it is low. Maybe this is no progress. What factors in your life have encouraged you to continue your activity in the Church? I have a rather large family and, of course, they play a big part in my life. We continually try to maintain the standards of the Church. We have a family home evening every Monday as suggested. So my family plays a large part. I have three youngsters in college at this point. Two of them are at Utah State University. I prefer that university over Brigham Young University for scholarly