658-660: Dr. Greg Prince – The Life of a Faithful Mormon Scientist and Historian
October 4, 2016
Dr. Greg Prince is a dentist, a pathology researcher, and a Mormon historian, best known for his books, Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, and Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History.
In Part 1, John talks with Greg about his formative years as a Mormon in Los Angeles, his mission to Brazil, his graduate work in dentistry and medicine, and his role in developing an immunization against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV, a bronchial infection often fatal to infants), which has saved thousands of lives.
Part 2: Greg discusses the challenges of raising a son (Madison) with autism, then discusses how he developed a gospel framework that allowed him to avoid a faith crisis, which led to his entree into Mormon history authorship. We end by discussing his book Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood.
Part 3: Greg goes deep into how he maintains faith/belief in God/Jesus/Mormonism and activity in the LDS Church as a scientist, and after knowing so much troubling LDS history. He also lays out in detail his nuanced LDS testimony.