Welcome to our first issue of the Religious Educator of 2016. This issue features a recent devotional talk given to students and faculty at Brigham Young University by Elder Ronald A. Rasband, recently called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. We are delighted to share with you Elder Rasband’s thoughts on the topic of religious freedom and fairness for all.
This year we are launching a new series of interviews entitled “Discussing Difficult Topics” that will be loosely tied to the gospel topics essays published through lds.org (see https://
This issue also presents what will hopefully be a continuous series on global Latter-day Saint pioneers. We would like to encourage submissions on the topic of Latter-day Saint pioneers from across the globe. The first of these, authored by Fred E. Woods and Jean G. Huysmans, offers an interesting and detailed account of the service of John Volker in the Netherlands. We hope other such publications will treat the topic of Latter-day Saints from around the globe.
We feel that there are many gems in this issue of the Religious Educator, and we hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as we have enjoyed working with these insightful and articulate authors.
Thomas A. Wayment, Editor