I just wanted to echo the editorial “Breaking barriers (10/27)” and praise The Daily Universe for advocating our need to learn from our brothers and sisters of different faiths.
As a professor of World Religions and Islam and the Gospel, one of my core objectives is to help students realize how much our Heavenly Father is truly a universal father who loves all His children and makes use of their talents, devotion and faith to advance goodness in the world.
My hope is an increasing number of BYU students will be able to go out into the world and join forces with other people of faith in support of moral conduct, unselfishness and the centrality of the family — we just can’t do it by ourselves and we don’t need to.
Too often we can be provincial in our way of looking at others as we forget our Heavenly Father is not only the God of the Latter-day Saints, but truly a loving Father who will make the best with what His children are willing to give Him.
As an individual who spent a year studying at a Vatican University where I developed deep friendships, which have strengthened my faith in the Lord, I only hope I may have been able to give these friends as much as I feel I have received from them.
I hope there will be many more opportunities in the future to learn from individuals like Senator Joseph Lieberman at BYU.