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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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Dialogues on Science and Religion I 119 development, at least in the sciences. So that is where they are. I have one boy who is finishing up in psychology this year at the university where I teach. So your own family, the family where you are a parent and have children, has encouraged you to remain involved in the Church. Yes, I agree that the family is the center of our life, even though I don't spend as much time with them as I should, or possibly could, if it were not for my academic interests. That is an area that I want to take up later, the time that is required in your profession. Could you describe your parent's family. Most of my life we were raised in what you would call the mission field. This was in the Southwest. My family originated in Utah and Idaho and moved to Oregon and then down to the Mexican colonies. They were eventually kicked out of Mexico, and did not get very far. My parents were married in the temple and they had nine children, the first of whom died in Mexico. The other eight were raised and subsequently all were married in the temple. So we had some religious training, I guess, all the way through, or this would not have happened. Most of us met our mates either in school or down in that part of the country. We had a rather rigorous background in our religion even though we lived in the mission field. Referring now to the question I asked earlier about your involvement in the Church, you felt that you had been pretty evenly involved over your life. Have you likewise felt about the same enthusiasm for the Church through your life, or was there a time you recall being more enthused about the gospel? I don't know; this is a difficult question that I have evaded already once. I think that there have been more low points than there have been high points, we will put it that way. Periodically I have felt low points and I think it is probably due to my academic training, especially in the field that I have been working in. Because we deal with the species of animals, we deal with contraception, we deal with various phases of life, the growing of tissue ourselves. We deal with artificial insemination and ova transplant, which is dealing right at the heart of some of the taboos in our religious philosophy. However, I feel very strongly about certain aspects of the work that I am doing and can rationalize with really no conflict of interest. Periodically we get to feeling that we are pretty important, and this is probably the downfall of many of us. But to separate fiction and fact and faith is very difficult at times. When you say that in your work you deal with different species of animals and the growing of living tissue, contraception, and so on, what issues does this kind of work raise in your mind with the doctrines of the Church? What kind of conflicts would this cause for you as a member of the Church ? I will state one at the very outset. That is the phenomena of cloning. I don't know if you have ever heard of cloning or not. In a recent Saturday Review article