Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
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 127 the top quarter of my class. That adjustment and the trauma associated with the poor performance initially have had a great impact on me. Would you say that the last year of your mission—a period you refer to as "ideal" —was the time when you felt most enthusiastic about religious matters! I would say that I feel enthusiastic now. I feel a great similarity between that mission field experience and my present relation to the Church. I do not know that there is a day goes by that I do not have some kind of internal manifestation as to the truthfulness of the Gospel or as to the workings of the Lord or as to the capacity of my priesthood with respect to my call. That is the main goal that I have worked at for 17 years. I feel that I have finally been able to bring the secular things into a semblance of control and into focus, in a way that is similar to that last year of the mission field, where I did not have such things to contend with. With great humility I feel that I have learned some of the secrets that are necessary in order to do that and I think that right now I have a real taste of what life can be like. Yet I am not satisfied at all with what I experience because I feel like I am just beginning to taste of an experience which can be so great and so internally satisfying and such a source of peace, that I want more of it. I am willing to pay the price that is necessary, through scripture reading, through commitment of time and other things that I can offer to the Church. Now that you seem to be on top of the secular buffetings and internal pressures, so that you are able to feel that kind of spiritual richness in your life that you looked forward to, I am wondering if there are related problems that you confront in your life other than time demands. Were there or are there now any intellectual confrontations that you have with your religious beliefs? Yes, the time in my earlier years when I was a Zoology major and teaching assistant in Comparative Anatomy at Brigham Young University. I have had some exposure to genetics. I have an appointment in three departments here, and I do get into genetics. Rather than there being any kind of conflict, I find it exactly the opposite. I find that everything that I learn and everything that I come to understand reinforces my testimony of the way things really are. I find absolutely no conflicts—absolutely none. Some of my colleagues might say that is because of a naive superficiality, but I do not think it is. I have delved into some of these matters deeply because I have wanted to know the answer. I think that in every area where there is a potential conflict, I find something to balance it that the Lord has helped me to realize. For those things with which there may not be something that directly counterbalances, I have found a plausible explanation in my own mind. Some explanations are rather complicated but most of them I have some documentation for from my readings or study, either secular or religious. To me, science is amazing in the way in which it is presently confirming the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored to Joseph Smith. I think that Joseph Smith was so far ahead of his time in what he said and what he taught, that his advanced understanding is totally beyond the realm of coincidence and represents divine inspiration.