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Rock, Dust

By Melissa Young

Emblem of Peter's DenialPhoto by Aidan McRae Thomson

I love the Apostle Peter—his enthusiasm, his heedless loyalty, his solid faith. His answer to the Lord’s question, “Will ye also go away?” is foundational to my own belief: “Lord, to whom should we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”

The completeness of his devotion is part of what makes Peter’s denial of Christ so troubling. Within our own tradition we have at least two prophetic opinions that differ from each other: Pres. Kimball’s and Pres. Hinckley’s. The space that exists between these two opinions leaves a lot of room for personal interpretation.

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