Duce's Wild: Fighting personal apostasy in order teach the Restoration

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    April 20, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    I get a number of my promptings while taking a shower--may be some figurative message there; could be compared to the spirit cleansing the soul. One morning shortly after the revelation on priesthood was announced, I had the strong impression while showering that the Lord had to wait until enough blacks were converted that they could live the stringent covenants required by an ordination to the LDS priesthood, and for a time when enough whites were willing to accept them as co-equal holders of the priesthood. I explained this to a friend who was struggling with the decision, and he received a spiritual witness that this makes perfect sense. Some time later, I heard Thurl Bailey express that a mission president had told him much the same, alleviating his concerns. So the timing must have been of the Lord, and not due to political pressure.

  • SLPeterson Aurora, CO
    April 20, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    As with all controversial issues, this can be a real can of worms if the youth aren't well prepared. There is a lot of negative material that could seriously harm their testimonies, so first of all, I would recommend checking in with them ASAP to see how things are going. Regarding resources, the Church's 2013 heading to Official Declaration 2 will be the best starting point, because it explains a lot and will help the youth to get the basic history straight.

    The heading sets the standard for what we do and don't know about the priesthood restriction; the many proposed explanations for the restriction, while possibly useful, should be treated as the speculation that they are.

    Next, you might look up the following online: blacklds, ldsgenesisgroup, Jeff Lindsay's page on "Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Blacks, and the Issue of Race," and the FAIRLDS page on "Mormonism and racial issues." (I would have posted links, but they're not allowed.)

  • william e. kettley SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 19, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    This is an excellent article which should be read and considered by all. Our futures depend so much on the living of our lives making the most of the decisions we make each day, and we all need the best guidance we can receive, especially in our young years as we are developing our spirits and bodies, or souls. We all become what we think and do each day, and our futures bode well when we make consistent good decisions. This was a thought provoking article. Thank you for this effort. William Kettley

  • cheute79 Longmont, CO
    April 18, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Sis. Duce, I also struggled with understanding the whole issue of denying the Priesthood to all worthy males for years. I was relieved when the practice (not policy) changed in the 70s. If you are truly interested in the details, read the book published by the U of Utah Press, David O MacKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism. It is well discussed, regardiing timing, the reasons, etc. It might helpp in your understanding of other practices, occurances, etc. Like anything that involves personal inspiration, it can challenge a weaker testimony, but strengthen a strong one.