Every Needful Thing

Essays on the Life of the Mind and the Heart

A collection of essays from accomplished academics and professionals who speak about discipleship not only with their minds but also from their hearts. Instead of pushing us to choose between faith and reason, love and law, truth within the restored gospel and truth in the wider world of God’s children, these writers urge us to seek “anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report” and learn to live in a world of complexity and abundance. With humility and openness that makes their specialized work accessible to a general reader, these authors model how to live life as a whole person. They relate the twists and turns of their intellectual and spiritual journeys, giving readers confidence to make their own ways and to pursue “every needful thing” (D&C 88:119)

Every Needful Thing was published February 13, 2023.


Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Kate Holbrook

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments (Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Kate Holbrook)
  • Contributors
  • Introduction (Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Kate Holbrook)
  • Part one: My grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly
  • Solid and Whole in a Messy Universe (Astrid S. Tuminez)
  • The Two-Way Street of Faith and Scholarship: A Political Scientist’s Experience (Valerie M. Hudson)
  • Faith as a Scientist (Emily Bates)
  • Faith and My Life as a Medical Scientist (Elizabeth Hammond)
  • Singing as a Teacher (Laney McClain Armstrong)
  • From Peru, My Academic Development Hand in Hand with Faith (Ana María Gutiérrez Valdivia, Spanish and English)
  • Part two: In theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel…of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth
  • Faith as a Complex Ecosystem (Kyra N. Krakos)
  • In Search of the Wise (Kimberly Applewhite Teitter)
  • Faith in Science (Julie Barrot Willis)
  • Eternal Principles of Reasoning (Noemí Lubomirsky)
  • Part three: Things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad
  • Walk in Beauty Every Step (Farina King)
  • History Calling: Acts of Creation, Memory, and Redemption (Tona Hangen)
  • A Discomforted Disciple, But Disciple Nevertheless (Carrieanne Simonini Deloach)
  • Warts and All (Jenny Hale Pulsipher)
  • Part four: The wars and perplexities of the nations, and the judgements which are on the land
  • Becoming Mormon (Marion Bishop)
  • The Relationship Between My Study of Law and My Faith (Esohe Frances Ikponmwen)
  • “The Great Check”: Reflections on Disaster and Faith (Lisa Grow)
  • Our Inescapable Connectedness (Michalyn Steele)
  • Part five: A knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms– that ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you
  • The Pillars of My Faith: Tautau, Alofa, Fa’aaloalo (Tanya Wendt Samu)
  • “For Such a Time as This”: Faith and Female Exegesis (Ariel Clark Silver)
  • A Journey into the Sacred (Keakaokawai Varner Hemi)
  • Afterword (Rosalynde Frandsen Welch)
  • From the Editors
  • Subject Index
  • Scripture Index


"This collection is, first and foremost, a trove of insight and inspiration from some of the Church's greatest scholars of our day. The illustrious gathering of global thinkers with impressive degrees demonstrates that faithful disciples of Christ can be multidimensional and that wrestling with complexity can lead to stronger testimonies. That the contributors happen to all be women marks a new frontier in our communal education: men can now be expected to gain as much from our greatest female voices as women have been expected to gain from male voices."

Neylan McBlaine, author of Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffrage in Utah

"Our lives are complicated–every one. What is planted as simple often grows in unexpected ways. Every Needful Thing demonstrates that growth can be variously inspiring, beautiful, and heartbreaking. It also demonstrates how growth can be deeply faithful. This collection of essays is for everyone, but the burgeoning student will find a particular values: generous and diverse examples of women constructively navigating scholarship, faith, and profession. Take note and learn from the best of our worldwide community."

Jonathan A. Stapley, author of The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology

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Publication Information

  • Subject: Religious Studies
  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 1639931260
  • ISBN 13: 978-1639931262
  • Page Count: 272
  • Price: $ 19.99
  • Imprint: Deseret Book Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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“Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (D&C 88:118)