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“The Church shouldn’t tie religious faith to its history. Religious faith should be faith in God and in one’s fellowmen — not faith in some historical events and their official interpretation. In the case of Mormonism, historical events have been made in effect the foundation of the faith and in a sense the touchstone of orthodoxy. Due to the position taken by official Church writers, Mormon history has such a large bearing on the Mormon faith that I think it is inevitable that from time to time there will be trouble between the Church historians and history teachers, and those who are appointed to be the protectors of the faith.”

Sterling McMurrin/Mormon Writer to Blake Ostler, Seventh East Press (7EP) “Interview: Sterling M. McMurrin” (Salt Lake City, UT: Seventh East Press, 11 January 1983), 1.