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RACE MYTH ORIGINS – BLACKS AND MORMONS, A LOOK AT THE DOCTRINE
Lecture Given Internationally on Race and LDS Doctrine
Exciting Announcement From Blacks In The Scriptures
JULY 4, 2012
THE COMPLETE BLACKS IN THE SCRIPTURE DVD SERIES
BLACKS IN THE BIBLE (Segment 1)
SKIN COLOR AND CURSES (Segment 2)
EQUALITY AND PRIESTHOOD (Segment 3)
BLACKS AND THE LDS PRIESTHOOD (Segment 4)
Before The Color Line in America
1623 Letter From Indentured Servant Richard Frethorne
ALEX BOYE VIDEO OF THE MONTH
ALEX BOYE, PRESIDENT UCHTDORF & MARVIN PERKINS AT MORMON NIGHT AT THE DODGERS (Click on photo to enlarge)
MARCH 9, 2012 FAIR BLOG
Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research
CONVERSATION WITH MAX MUELLER PhD Candidate – BLACKS and THE PRIESTHOOD
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BREAKING NEWS February 29, 2012
Church Statement Regarding ‘Washington Post’ Article on Race and the Church
Salt Lake City —
The Church issued the following statement today in response to news media requests:
The positions attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott in a recent Washington Post article absolutely do not represent the teachings and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU faculty members do not speak for the Church. It is unfortunate that the Church was not given a chance to respond to what others said.
The Church’s position is clear—we believe all people are God’s children and are equal in His eyes and in the Church. We do not tolerate racism in any form.
For a time in the Church there was a restriction on the priesthood for male members of African descent. It is not known precisely why, how, or when this restriction began in the Church but what is clear is that it ended decades ago. Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine. The Church is not bound by speculation or opinions given with limited understanding.
We condemn racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the Church.
Official Statement From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – February 29, 2012
The Church and Race: “All Are Alike Unto God”
The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. The Book of Mormon states, “black and white, bond and free, male and female; … all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). This is the Church’s official teaching.
People of all races have always been welcomed and baptized into the Church since its beginning. In fact, by the end of his life in 1844 Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, opposed slavery. During this time some black males were ordained to the priesthood. At some point the Church stopped ordaining male members of African descent, although there were a few exceptions. It is not known precisely why, how or when this restriction began in the Church, but it has ended. Church leaders sought divine guidance regarding the issue and more than three decades ago extended the priesthood to all worthy male members. The Church immediately began ordaining members to priesthood offices wherever they attended throughout the world.
The Church unequivocally condemns racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the Church. In 2006, then Church president Gordon B. Hinckley declared that “no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church. Let us all recognize that each of us is a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven, who loves all of His children.”
Recently, the Church has also made the following statement on this subject:
“The origins of priesthood availability are not entirely clear. Some explanations with respect to this matter were made in the absence of direct revelation and references to these explanations are sometimes cited in publications. These previous personal statements do not represent Church doctrine.”
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