Defending the Faith: A stimulating month ahead

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

“Now behold,” says a very familiar passage of scripture revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith in February 1829, “a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day” (Doctrine and Covenants 4:1-2). There are, of course, many forms of service. Service with the mind — including that offered through faithful scholarship and study — is almost certainly not the most important of those forms, but, clearly, and by divine command, it should not be neglected.

Daniel Peterson teaches Islamic studies, founded BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, directs, chairs, blogs daily at, and speaks only for himself.

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