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Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King and his contributions to the civil rights movement and racial equality. His iconic "I have a Dream" speech was given in 1963.
Fast forward 13 years and Douglas Wallace, an active Mormon, goes against church policy and ordained Larry Lester, a black man, to the priesthood. Wallace would be excommunicated for this. Lester would have his ordination deemed null and void by the church.
Fast forward again, just two more years, and the LDS church changes its racist doctrine to allow black men to receive the priesthood. Making Wallace's action no longer a crime (They didn't call him and apologize and invite him back). _
Fast forward once more to present day when the LDS church released the "Race and the Priesthood" essay online wherein they admit that the whole policy was a mistake to begin with, "Today the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form." _
Why is a church that is supposedly directed by God, so grossly wrong on such important issues? Why didn't Brigham Young give a powerful speech about racial equality in 1852 instead of instituting the racial ban in the first place? Was he receiving direction from God or not?
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