Arrington reflects back on his career and his entree into Mormon history. He mentions the staff of historians who he assembled when asked to be Church Historian in 1972. He speaks in praise of amateurs who engage in an endeavor out of a love or passion for the subject. He recognizes that the passion, which is the inherent strength of the amateur, can replace professionalism--a weakness and drawback of amateurism. Nonetheless, the passion which characterizes MHA gatherings is that which sustains vibrancy and interest. He has a high regard for those amateurs who have progressed individually to become more than amateurs--to become mentors and contributors.