Official Declaration 2 PLUS

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 It’s slightly old but very good news now.  The LDS Church has added to its scriptures.  For me, the addition to Official Declaration 2 (the statement that “all worthy males” could now be ordained to the priesthood, undoing the policy restricting those of African lineage from priesthood and associated privileges) is particularly significant:  Book of Mormon teaches that ‘all are alike unto God,’ including ‘black and white, bond and free, male and female’ (2 Nephi 26:33). Throughout the … [Read more...]

White Lady Speaks to the Genesis Group

The Genesis group is established, Oct. 19, 1971

Preliminary explanation, because inevitably somebody doesn't get it: This is one of those risky posts--a satire.  Think Stephen Colbert.  The subtext is real, however (like Colbert's).  The truth is, Mormons in Utah (particularly older ones) are often uncomfortable with Blacks and overly eager to prove that they're not.  The question "What should I call you?" pops up over and over again, and the conflation with African nationals and African Americans is common.The LDS Genesis group, organ … [Read more...]

Dr. King, President Lincoln, and Joseph Smith

Genesis 562

On June 27th, 1844, Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. was assassinated.  He was, at the time, running for the presidency of the United States.  LDS missionaries, unaware of his death, carried his platform for weeks afterwards as part of their proselytizing efforts. The winner of the 1844 election was James Polk, a slaveholder who made gains in territory but gave a de facto nod to slavery. He was succeeded by yet another slave holder—Zachary Taylor, who survived only part of his term and wa … [Read more...]


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