The Wandering Mind


Honest LDS History – Black Priesthood Holders

Posted in Mormonism by wandren on 6 September 2007

I found a blog tonight, Mormons Talk, in which a question was asked as to whether or not the LDS Church is open and honest about some of the uglier points in its history, and whether or not this information is readily accessible.

The main problems I see with The Church’s handling of these issues are:

  • the Church only addresses these problems when it comes under heavy criticism by mainstream media, and
  • official Church materials “spin” the truth to reflect more favorably on it than the honest facts suggest, rather than simply admitting that they were wrong, corrected the mistake, and learned from it.

With the search words “blacks priesthood,” I found the following on the first page:

Church Response to Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven
Some book reviewers and religion writers have asked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its reaction to a new book by Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. Three responses from the Church are given below.

Priesthood Ordination before 1978
Ever since biblical times, the Lord has designated through His prophets who could receive the priesthood and other blessings of the gospel. Only after a revelation to the Apostle Peter were the gospel and priesthood extended to others…

Priesthood Restoration by Gordon B. Hinckley
The question of extending the blessings of the priesthood to blacks had been on the minds of many of the Brethren over a period of years. And so, we celebrate not only the restoration of the priesthood of Aaron and the higher priesthood called Melchizedek.

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