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067: Repercussions of the LDS.org’s Race article

BlackPriesthoodToday we talk about the far reaching repercussions beyond the sole issue of the priesthood ban.  I attempt to show our Church is growing up and while this announcement provides problematic issues to work on such as defining Doctrine and how we as members dissent it also shows great maturation of the Church and may indeed usher in a whole new paradigm in which we view what the Church is and how we define it.

http://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/the-doctrine-of-christ?lang=eng
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/no-other-gods?lang=eng
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/come-join-with-us?lang=eng
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/10/trial-of-your-faith?lang=eng
http://mormonstories.org/other/Lowry_Nelson_1st_Presidency_Exchange.pdf
http://en.fairmormon.org/Mormonism_and_racial_issues/Blacks_and_the_priesthood/Statements

 

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5 thoughts on “067: Repercussions of the LDS.org’s Race article

  1. Than you so much, Bill, for this articulate, respectful treatment of this issue. I’m a convert of many years who has served in the whole spectrum of callings and sent out several missionaries–I love the church. I also feel it’s time for the church to make this transition–the leaders aren’t always right, and it actually takes stronger, more spiritually mature saints to actually take responsibility for our own spiritual confirmations, and to respectfully speak up when the spirit directs. The fundamentalist “Church and its leaders are perfect model” not only falls apart in the light of documented history (ie: Lowry), but it does the members no favors; it keeps them children to the perfect parent Church. I welcome adulthood.

  2. This topic is at the heart of much of my doubt currently. I think near the end you really hit it on the head but I differ from you where you say that time can vindicate you, as that day is yet to come for anyone as the brethren have never admitted any wrongdoing.
    You said that “all this stuff going on has shown that the brethren have acknowledged…” There has been no apologies (with the exception maybe of the Mountain Meadows Massacre) that the church has been wrong on any matter (that I am aware of) for past racism or that it might be wrong on any current issues, and people like Lowry Nelson or Byron Marchant in 1977, have not been vindicated. This is yet to happen. I see this as hypocrisy and pride in the brethren and I long for the day that this could happen. Correct me if I am wrong, but presenting your opinions (even in a group of 15) as the unimpeachable word of God is immoral in my eyes. They might get there someday, but this topic has my testimony in tatters.

    • I hear you… hang in there…. it gets better if you ever want to talk send me an email and your #.

  3. We should always be ready to change our way of thinking to be in harmony with which Christ would instruct us… and allow ourselves to be led by the power of the Holy Ghost.

    2 Nephi 32:6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.

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