Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Tribute to Levi S. Peterson

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Tribute to Levi S. Peterson

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Dear Readers,

This journal completes Levi Peterson's twenty-volume editorship of Dialogue. I have had the privilege of chairing the board in both his first and last years and welcome this chance to say thank you on behalf of us all.

Levi Peterson is a man of love. He wrote in his autobiography that his mother's love infused him "with a propensity to affirm and take pleasure in human beings rather than to injure or begrudge them." A noted writer, he is also an editor deeply respectful of writers and of the process and import of writing, for him central to his instinctive need for purpose, "directional, a base, a determinate." Combined, these perspectives underpin Levi's leadership style to our authors, his staff, and our board: ever clear, kind, respectful, and exceedingly generous with both his material and personal resources.

Levi teaches by deed that charity can accompany the highest professional standards. He teaches by editorial selections that we strain to understand the inexplicable for the sheer joy of the effort and that we can respect the visions of others even if no visions enlighten us. Particularly in his own writings but also in the pages of Dialogue, he invites us to embrace the passions and the humor of the human condition as we embrace our fellows. …

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