Unsigned commentary from the LDS Newsroom Web site notes that "the Church increasingly becomes a topic of scholarly study," citing Mormon Studies programs at two universities in the western United States. "This is a welcome development for two reasons," the commentary observes. "The Church encourages a deeper and broader examination of its theology, history and culture on an intellectual level, and this is a wonderful opportunity to expand open dialogue and conversation between the Latter-day Saints and various scholarly and religious communities." And it concludes that "the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and education by Latter-day Saints is both a spiritual mandate as well as a secular necessity." To read the entire commentary from the LDS Newsroom Web site, please click here.