Front Matter

Editor’s Not​e

            Following our past tradition with the Religious Educator, this volume includes several essays written for and by Seminaries and Institutes faculty. In addition to those published by our colleagues at Seminaries and Institutes, there are several gems that will provide new insights into important historical events. Anthony Sweat’s article, “The Role of Art in Teaching Latter-day Saint History and Doctrine,” arose from work that was done in connection with our recent book From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon (RSC and Deseret Book, 2015). The article offers fresh insights into the interplay of religious art and the teaching of Church history. Another important contribution in this edition of the journal is the article written by Sharon Black, Brad Wilcox, and Spencer Olsen, “Preparation for a Classic Sermon: President Benson’s Study Materials for ‘Beware of Pride.’” This article presents a study drawing upon the archival materials that were used by President Ezra Taft Benson as he prepared for his influential talk on pride. I was particularly interested to learn of the diverse materials that he drew upon as he wrote that talk.

            As with past issues of the Religious Educator, I have enjoyed working closely with the authors and helping them express their important research in ways that will touch lives and shape understanding. I think this issue achieves that, and there is something in this issue for nearly everyone. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed shaping it.

Thomas Wayment



Reli​gious Educator VOLUME 16 NUMBER 3 2015

Let Your Light Shine

Elder Robert C. Gay


“Lift Where You Stand”: A Conversation with Elder Paul V. Johnson

Interview by Barbara Morgan


BYU–Hawaii: A Conversation with Steven C. Wheelwright

Interview by Fred E. Woods


The Role of Art in Teaching Latter-day Saint History and Doctrine

Anthony Sweat


Communicating with Parents in Today’s Digital World

Po Nien (Felipe) Chou


Understanding and Teaching Correct Doctrine Correctly

J. Jarlath Brophy


Teaching for Conversion: The Fundamentals, Objective, and Gospel Teaching and Learning Handbook

Adam N. Smith


Using the Elements of Narrative to Engage Students

Stephan Taeger


The Allegory of the Olive Tree: An Instructional Model for Leaders

José A. Bamio

“Beware of Pride”: Prophetic Preparation for a Classic Address

Sharon Black, Brad Wilcox, and Spencer P. Olsen


Human Anatomy in the LDS Standard Works

Heather M. Seferovich