I am grateful for the marvelous work that is being done to prepare and publish the Joseph Smith Papers. Learning about the real struggles and real successes of early Church leaders and members is a very faith-promoting process for me. We always need to remember that transparency and openness keep us clear of the negative side effects of secrecy or the cliché of faith-promoting rumors. Jesus taught the Jews, ‘Then, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (see John 8:32). Truth and transparency complement each other. ‘The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth’ (D&C 93:36).

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf at the Church History Symposium



Rachel is the owner of a website development company and a singer-songwriter. Her interests include neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, music and swimming in the ocean as often as humanly possible. Currently, she lives in Texas with her husband and children.

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