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A fun and insightful article in the Deseret News …
Please read this powerful story of Yeah Samake, a Mormon leader in Mali who is working with the moral majority of Muslims to secure a democracy. They are fighting against Al Qaeda and others who strive to kidnap Islam.
See also his comments of the importance of President Obama’s 2008 election and ongoing opportunities; and the role that Mitt Romney has taken and could yet take in helping his country and ours.
Read http://www.patheos.com/Mormon/Pastor-to-Pastor-Margaret-Blair-Young-09-18-2012 for the article by Maragaret Blair Young. Here are excerpts:
“Yes, there are children of light and children of darkness, but the distinction is not based on skin color, but on their reception of the Word. And even with the children of darkness who turn away from the Word, God works earnestly for their repentance from their evil ways. God yearns for their return unto the embrace of Creation” (Pastor Cecil Murray in Twice Tested by Fire).
Just before Pastor Murray came to BYU, he met with Gordon B. Hinckley. In that meeting, President Hinckley offered him an apology for the LDS Church’s participation in slavery and in racism—using the same spirit Pastor Murray had urged me to use when I approached my angry son. In truth, Dr. Murray himself had some cause for anger; he had personally been confronted by the past Mormon teaching that Blacks were cursed. In an email on April 7, 2007, he told me, “In the Air Force I first encountered this teaching when stationed at Thule, Greenland, and lodging with two Mormons. They reminded me of this teaching constantly.”
Certainly, many things led President Hinckley to speak boldly against racism during April Conference, 2006. Perhaps Pastor Murray even had an effect. President Hinckley said: “[N]o man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ . . . How can any man holding the Melchizedek Priesthood arrogantly assume that he is eligible for the priesthood whereas another who lives a righteous life but whose skin is of a different color, is ineligible?”
This is the tribute Pastor Murray paid to his fellow pastor, President Gordon B. Hinckley:
President Hinckley is a true messenger of our Lord. Two years ago, I was invited to Salt Lake City by the LDS Church, and President Hinckley took his personal time to sit with our small group that was touring the many ministries and apologized to me in front of the group. That was amazing! Now the [LDS] Church pushes Blacks to learn their lineage via the Church. That will open eyes and doors that will open new avenues of life.
See www.blackmormonfilm.com in the Long Trailer where Pastor Murray recounts his conversation with President Hinckley.
The Genesis Group: Support for Black Latter-day Saints. By Margaret Blair Young
… As Gray puts it, “Back then, having three black Mormons together was like having a quorum. There weren’t many of us.” In fact, in…
Deseret News – July 23, 2012
When Brigham Young first entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, he did so in the back of a fine, white carriage donated to the Mormon pioneer leader by a faithful follower, James Madison Flake.
Young was ill and couldn’t drive the rig himself, so Green Flake drove the carriage and was among those who actually heard Young say, “This is the right place.”
And then, speaking to Green Flake, Young added, “Drive on!” Green Flake, at that time a black slave, was later given his freedom by Young. …
For a poem about Green Flake, see http://www.blacklds.org/community/green-flake-and-abraham-poem
Go to this link to see videos of the BYU Young Ambassadors’ trip to South Africa.
Here is a statement from a May 2012 NY Times article:
Paul Sleet, a black computer systems engineer and photographer in St. Louis, joined the Mormon Church in 1989. He has five children, one of whom is serving as a missionary.
“Everything the church represents seems to be more clearly represented by Michelle and Barack Obama,” he said.
“I’m 100 percent Mormon and committed to my religion,” he said, “but I’ve never really thought about whether I’d have the same pride in a Mormon being elected president.
DVD Release for Nobody Knows:
A Documentary About African American History in the Mormon Church
Praise for Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons
About the Film
About the Filmmakers
- Bonus interviews with prominent experts on Civil Rights, Black history, and Mormonism.
- Additional “untold stories” of present-day Black Mormons.
- Tape recordings that capture the faith, struggles, and insights of Black Mormons throughout the 20th century.
- Video content that comes from decades of never-seen footage.
- And more!