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By Paul Carter

Michael Young: Having a 'Wonderfully Good Time'

WASHINGTON, DC -- Vice-chair of the United States International Commission on Religious Freedom. Husband and Father. Former Stake President. Returned missionary. Graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard Law School. Former Law Clerk to a Supreme Court Justice. The man is Dean Michael Young, who, in addition to all of the above, is the current Dean of the George Washington Law School.

In a compelling interview in the February 1st issue of Meridian Magazine, Maurine Jensen Proctor provides readers the opportunity to glimpse how some of the building blocks of success have been stacked in the life of Michael Young. The involvement and the direction of the Spirit are evident and acknowledged openly -- and frequently -- by the subject of the article.

In one account, Dean Young reflects on the time when his son received his mission call and the family realized that the mission president for the son is someone who was baptized 25 years earlier in Japan by the father. In another, Dean Young documents the seemingly miraculous events wherein he, a former Republican administration appointee, is nominated during a Democratic administration to the International Commission on Religious Freedom.

From experiences as a stake president to those as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist, to life growing up in Utah, Dean Young conveys the insight that God moves in all of our lives. Dean Young refers to a time when he realized that, in his hard work and long hours, he was "having a wonderfully good time" and this article offers this attitude and enthusiasm as keys to his success.

The article reports on the severity of religious persecution identified by the Commission throughout the world and the effort required to hold countries accountable to honor the freedom of religion. It refers to recent proposed legislation in France which seeks to restrict some religious groups as well as individual incidents of persecution of Catholic and Protestant followers in specific countries.


Michael Young: Keeping Watch on International Religious Freedom
Meridian Magazine 2Feb01 P2
By Maurine Jensen Proctor


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