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What’s new: ‘Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand’ shares reflections on faith and being LDS in today’s world

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"LET YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS EXPAND: Reflections on Faith, Reason, Charity, and Beauty," by Thomas Rogers, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, $21.95, 350 pages (nf)

As an intellectual and scholar, Thomas Rogers believes there are no questions that should destroy the faith of believers in the doctrines and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Inviting others to test this truth, Rogers has compiled “Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand: Reflections on Faith, Reason, Charity, and Beauty,” which is a series of essays, stories, articles, poetry and artwork designed to help members of the LDS Church see that questioning does not necessarily reflect faithlessness.

Published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Rogers’ writings use experiences in his life as a teacher, mission president, traveling LDS patriarch and temple worker to guide others along the pathway of learning while still maintaining faith. Always a faithful member, the author has also confronted hard questions that needed answers beyond the standard offerings. The collection of writings in this book reflect a lifetime of service to those who have experienced doubt or loss in their testimonies.

A thoughtful, faithful mentor, Rogers approached questioners with an interest in helping them find the faith he had secured without making them feel unworthy for their inquiries. His beautifully penned essays reflect the deep compassion and love that allow him to continue to serve without knowing every answer. His hope is that by admitting his weakness, but finding ways to stay true, he might be of service to many who struggle with difficult issues.

“Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand” is a treasure trove of powerful guidance as readers consider how to deal with concerns in church history, doctrine, leadership and other thorny issues. This collection is not a cure-all, but it is a starting point for those who are sincere in discovering ways to continue in the faith they have chosen, despite outside challenges.

Rogers is a retired professor of Russian at Brigham Young University and has served in numerous positions of leadership in the LDS Church. He is the author of many books and plays, and he now lives in Bountiful with his wife.

Mike Whitmer lives in West Valley City and can be reached at grundelwalken@gmail.com. His blog is at mtwhitmer.blogspot.com.