50 years ago today - Jul 23, 1973-Monday

[Leonard Arrington]
My own experience is that one cannot completely trust one's dreams, hunches, and intuitions. They are not always promptings of the spirit. Some of one's dreams are meaningless or coincidental and have no particular significance in one's life and may be the result of one's physical and mental condition rather than the result of promptings of a spiritual source.

Joe Muren [Second Quorum of Seventy] is a fine lecturer and thoughtful, but it seems to me not always wise in some of the matters he brings up. He is quite dogmatic and takes a very hard line on certain issues-tends to forget the human equation, birth control for example. He tends to take the view that there is never any justification for the practice of birth control. The same with abortion and other matters. He talks quite explicitly of masturbation and homosexuality, as if they are unqualified sins and unforgivable. Aside from these occasional aberrations, he is an interesting and sound speaker.

My impression of Education Week is that the program seems more designed for "entertainment" and "inspiration" than for instruction. There seems to be no widespread interest in real history-just the use of history as a foundation for inspirational stories. ...

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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