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REVIEWING THE REVIEW: VOL. 12, ISS. 2 (2000)

Overview
            This is another one of the older volumes I was able to pick-up from the BYU Bookstore. Somewhere between this issue (12/2) and the only older one I own (8/2), all of the stylistic problems I complained about were improved on. Thus, reading this issue was less of a burdensome process, and was more enjoyable in some respects.

REVIEWING THE REVIEW: VOL. 8, ISS. 2 (1996)

Overview
            In my goal to collect and read every back issue of the Review, I am excepting to buy a lot of used copies of the older issues.  Nonetheless, I was recently fortunate enough to pick up brand-new copies of several older back issues, which I suspect are out of circulation at this point, from the BYU Bookstore. For all but one of these, I grabbed the last copy on the selves. I consider myself quite lucky (though I doubt anyone else thinks I got much of a treasure buying old books with old articles, which are in some ways dated and are available online for free). This issue was one (the oldest one) of those purchases.

KNOWING THE BRETHREN LOVE YOU

In the Church, we stress the importance of testimony. Specifically, we stress how important it is to have a testimony of God, of Jesus Christ, and of the scriptures, often with an emphasis on the Book of Mormon. We stress the importance of having a testimony that Joseph Smith was divinely called as a prophet to restore the Church of Jesus Christ, and that the prophets and apostles that followed him are also called and chosen by God, and act as divine instruments in fulfilling His will. These are all important – and perhaps even vital – aspects of a testimony of the Restored Gospel.
Sometimes, however, such a testimony may not be enough. When anti-Mormons dredged up the dark aspects of LDS history – such as the short comings and imperfections of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, or some other past or present LDS leader; or when an apostle’s message is not exactly “politically correct,” or perhaps even downright “offensive” in the eyes of some; or when we are exposed to the (quite often) biz…