I Am Unashamed

November 15, 2009 4:09 PM - Anonymous said:"How can you be black and be such a supporting member of an organization that was officially racist until 1978? And still teaches to this day that the Curse of Cain is manifest in black people? Shame on you."

Sista Laurel's response:

We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

Above is the 11th Article of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The line in that sentence that stood out to me the most as I pondered and prayed on this question was: “according to the dictates of our own conscience.”

Dic-tate [v. dik-teyt, dik-teyt; n. dik-teyt] verb, -tat-ed, -tat-ing, noun –verb (used with object)
1. to say or read (something) aloud for another person to transcribe or for a machine to record: to dictate some letters to a secretary.
2. to prescribe or lay down authoritatively or peremptorily; command unconditionally: to dictate peace terms to a conquered enemy.

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