By Matthew L Harris
The yr 1978 marked a watershed 12 months within the heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it lifted a 126-year ban on ordaining black men for the priesthood. This departure from previous perform targeted new cognizance on Brigham Young's selection to desert Joseph Smith's extra inclusive unique teachings.
The Mormon Church and Blacks offers thirty respectable or authoritative Church statements at the prestige of African american citizens within the Mormon Church. Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst touch upon the person files, interpreting how they mirrored uniquely Mormon features and contextualizing every one in the higher scope of the historical past of race and faith within the usa. Their analyses give some thought to how lifting the ban shifted the prestige of African american citizens inside Mormonism, together with the truth that African americans, as soon as denied entry to definite temple rituals thought of crucial for Mormon salvation, may perhaps ultimately be thought of full-fledged Latter-day Saints in either this global and the subsequent. all through, Harris and Bringhurst provide an educated view of behind-the-scenes Church politicking sooner than and after the ban. the result's a necessary source for specialists and laymen alike on a much-misunderstood point of Mormon heritage and trust.
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Kimball proclaimed through revelation that all “worthy male members” were eligible for the priesthood. The 1978 statement made no mention of previous rationales for the ban. 20 Concurrent with the priesthood revelation of 1978 there emerged a fourth explanation for the priesthood ban, overlapping the previous one. 21 Such folklore, church leaders posited, had permeated earlier explanations for the ban, specifically those penned by earlier church leaders, including Joseph Fielding Smith, Bruce R.
And the Lord said: I will send the first. 28. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him. ”40 The bulk of this work consists of Joseph Smith's numerous revelations, along with a series of his official pronouncements, plus a handful of revelations issued by Smith's Mormon successors. ” In three sections of the Doctrine and Covenants the Mormon church, through Joseph Smith, directly addressed slavery as it existed in antebellum America. 1. JOSEPH SMITH'S “REVELATION AND PROPHECY ON WAR,” 1832.
Justifying and Perpetuating Black Priesthood Denial, 1877–1949 5. Church Growth, Confronting Civil Rights, and Official Affirmations of Black Priesthood Denial, 1945–1970 6. The 1978 Revelation and Its Implications 7. Confronting the Church's Problematic Racial Past after 1978 Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments This book would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of a number of individuals and institutions. Particularly helpful were Armand Mauss and Lester Bush, whose own pathbreaking studies on blacks and Mormonism provided a high standard to aspire to.
The Mormon Church and Blacks: A Documentary History by Matthew L Harris