Brady McCombs, a writer for the Associated Press, published an article entitled Mormon president calls on members to help end racism that highlighted pieces of President Nelson’s Sunday Morning General Conference address and was shared on various website outlets.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ president issued another plea for members to help end racism, saying Sunday at the faith’s signature conference that God loves people of all races equally and that it pains him to see Black people suffer prejudice.
In the article, McCombs shared beliefs about the Church including living prophets who received revelation from God. It also touched on the “priesthood prohibition” and the 2013 Gospel Topics Essay, Race and the Priesthood, which corrects misconceptions that some members still hold today:
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.
McCombs ended his article highlighting positive steps that President Nelson is taking to build bridges of understanding in the black community.
Since becoming president in 2018, the 96-year-old Nelson has called for racial harmony and launched a formal partnership with the NAACP.
“I grieve that our Black brothers and sisters the world over are enduring the pains of racism and prejudice,” Nelson said.
You can read the full article from the AP here.