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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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124 I Dialogue findings. I like money. It seems like most everything that I touch turns towards that. I am involved in many different companies. This is a problem, too, a very serious problem. Let me make this question more specific. Has this inner drive to achieve and to learn in your profession conflicted with the Church in the sense that possibly you have been called to do something but felt unable to do it because of the time required to learn what you wanted to learn? I do not think that there is a direct conflict because I have not refused a position. But, by the same token, people know how busy I am and possibly leave me alone. In other words, I would have to say that my profession is more interesting to me than jobs in the Church. So if you stay busy enough, then I think that the attitude is always, "He is too busy to do that job so we won't call him," and that makes me just about as happy. I know that some people believe that Church jobs are most important and they work for these, not that they are looking for a job, but they make themselves more available for that position than some of us do. Do you understand what I am saying? Yes, / do. Now, my wife is Relief Society president, and to her, this is very important, and it is an important job; but she makes herself available for these things. I try not to make myself available. However, I am always available here in my work at the university because I like my work, and when my children have asked the question, "Why do you work so hard?" I have said, "Because it is not work. It is fun, it is a hobby." It would drive me nuts to have to come over here and work the extra hours that I put in if I did not like to. You see, there is a certain compelling force in some scientists to know the answer to a given question. Why, I do not know. There is no better balance of life. You have to balance certain things. We have to eat, so we rationalize to the point that we have to work. It is difficult for me to comply with the advice of the Saviour, to follow Him and give everything away, because I do not know of anyone who is going to feed me. Even welfare does not want to feed me. We see that in our little ward; they are perfectly content to let needy members be on state and federal welfare. We do not seem to turn our hands to do the job properly. We criticize rather than help many times, and this is an obvious thing in the wards that I have been in; the poor stay poor and we do not do a lot to help them out. As soon as widows get on state welfare, then ward welfare stops, and this is wrong. But my point is, that you have to still look out after yourself to a great extent. / have just about used up the hour that I told you this would take. Are there any other things that you would like to express before I close the interview? I think that the whole thing revolves around the faith that you have developed and the testimony that you have developed in the faith that you have. We have