In modern parlance, the word “essay” infrequently means an attempt; it came to English from the French essai, which came from the Latin exigo. The Latin word has quite a few connotations—e.g. determine, weigh, or examine. Such terms, including attempt, are demonstrative of my intentions with these essays. They represent my meagre effort at articulating the universality of Mormonism from the perspective of one I would call a rounded Mormon. The rounded Mormon’s perspective is opposite that of the provincial Mormon; in time an essay will expand on both these perspectives. For the time being, know that in each essay I intend to demonstrate Mormonism’s regard for the whole.