On May 3, MormonThink announced on its website that we learned from several sources that the LDS Church will be releasing a series of 13 essays that will address troubling historical issues that are causing people to doubt and leave the Church. Some comments on this page are based on inside sources that provided us with the advanced notice of the essays. The essays are listed in the topics section of LDS. Currently they are all located here: Gospel Topics Essays.
Gospel Topics Essays
LDS blacks, scholars cheer church's essay on priesthood - Deseret News
Human society tends to act negatively towards change, an instance would be racial discrimination to minorities like African-American, LGBT, Asian and Latinos and the female sex. To understand why people visually discriminate others, one must look back in time and see what our ancestors did that has impacted this century to be visually discriminating. Humans are the race who have fought bloody wars due to different beliefs and cultures. No matter where people look in history, visual processing is the trait that sets us apart from each other. Even though he knew this, he still wish to spread the word of Christ, and believe that dying in the name of the lord was the best way to spread the religion, but why was this a problem for the church?
Race and the Priesthood
Over the past two centuries, the relationship between black people and Mormonism includes both official and unofficial discrimination. From the mids until , the LDS Church prevented most men of black African descent from being ordained to the church's lay priesthood , barred black men and women from participating in the ordinances of its temples and opposed interracial marriage. Since black men of African descent could not receive the priesthood, they were excluded from holding leadership roles and performing these rituals. Temple ordinances such as the endowment and marriage sealings are necessary for the highest level of salvation.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints explained their reasoning for restricting men of black African decent from receiving the Priesthood until as a result of "a highly contentious racial culture," in a newly published page on a website with resources for church members. The statement echos many Latter-day Saints' belief on the topic, but is significant in that it is a thorough explanation for the practice officially published by the church. Until , men who were black were barred from receiving the Priesthood, and both men and women who were black were denied entrance to the church's temples.