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Don't marginalize religion, Elder Oaks says to Harvard law students

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Elder Dallin H. Oaks urged Harvard students on Friday to take more than a superficial approach to religion, an approach he said is exacerbated by the secular American university system.

Noting that speaking to such a diverse audience is a challenge, Elder Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said "My object is to illuminate several premises and ways of thinking that are at the root of some misunderstandings about our doctrine and practice."

Elder Oaks acknowledged that Mormon doctrines and values are not widely understood by those not of the LDS faith, and said his disappointment with that "is only slightly reduced" by research that shows "that on the subject of religion Americans in general are 'deeply religious' but 'profoundly ignorant.'"

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