Racism

September 02, 2022 02:56 PM MDT
“Let me be clear where BYU stands on this issue: racism is disgusting and unacceptable.”
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July 23, 2022 06:00 AM MDT
My grandparents were forced to live in prison camps during Word War II. When they were released, they found their way to Utah where a new community awaited them.
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June 07, 2022 03:26 PM MDT
“Life was a disappointment to me. I was living terribly, breaking my mother’s heart. And I thought, ‘There’s got to be something better than this.’”
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June 01, 2022 01:23 PM MDT
Ed Willis authored the raw, gritty memoir, ‘Panther to Priesthood.’ From matters of race to matters of the heart, here are a few principles he wants you to know.
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April 15, 2022 02:36 PM MDT
Ed Willis’s life began in a place literally called “The Lower Bottom.” Drugs, Alcohol, Prostitution—you name it, and it could be found in the lower bottom. Ed was always searching for something.
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February 27, 2022 11:15 PM MST
Lita Little Giddins explores how racism can be a “thorn in the flesh” for those who seek to gather Israel.
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February 25, 2022 03:08 PM MST
Ronell Hugh has spent his career in marketing working for recognizable businesses like Adobe, HP, Microsoft, and Walmart, and recently spoke of approaching the prophet’s call to abandon attitude and actions of prejudice from the perspective of a marketer.
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February 23, 2022 05:00 AM MST
Let’s seek to be less passive and more aggressive in this fight against racism. And more importantly, let us look up to Him who created us perfectly in His image.
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February 17, 2022 09:02 AM MST
Wanda was so overjoyed by the blessings of the Church that she tried to share the good news of the gospel with anybody who would listen! She especially wanted to let Black Americans know that they didn’t have to struggle.
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February 10, 2022 10:44 AM MST
For Ed Willis, life was one harsh blow after another. He sought higher meaning in the Black Panther Party, but ultimately only Jesus Christ brought peace.
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December 06, 2021 06:15 PM MST
As a Japanese-American living in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor bombing, Sister Chieko Okazaki faced racism and discrimination throughout her life.
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October 14, 2021 04:15 PM MDT
Several articles in a recent issue of the ‘Liahona’ help members answer President Russell M. Nelson's call to “expand our circle of love to embrace the whole human family.”
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August 30, 2021 04:18 PM MDT
Author Taylor Ricks has often relied on unnamed scripture heroes and their examples during her darkest hours. But she’s found that unsung heroes aren’t just in the pages of scripture—they are in our wards and neighborhoods, too.
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By  LDS Living
January 18, 2021 12:21 PM MST
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we celebrate a man who dreamed of a better nation—a dream of a nation that would “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
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By  LDS Living
January 18, 2021 12:00 PM MST
The year 2020 will be remembered for many significant reasons. Among them will be the way in which the year reminded us that racial strife is not a thing of the past but something that very much still exists in our world. It is something that we at LDS Living hope will soon come to an end, but until that time, it is up to all of us to contribute to the conversation rather than attempt to silence it.
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October 27, 2020 04:25 PM MDT
Speaking at the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, renewed Church leaders’ pleas to Latter-day Saints to “root out racism.”
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June 04, 2020 02:22 PM MDT
Sheryl Ellsworth and Emily McCormick wrote, “We came together as mothers of children of color to [offer] five things we would hope others could learn about race and racism.”
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February 03, 2020 05:59 PM MST
This story was originally published by LDS Living in May 2018.
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March 12, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The friendship between Jane Manning James and Emma Smith—remarkable in a pre–Civil War era—is documented only in a few scattered lines of historical text.
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November 06, 2018 04:39 PM MST
When Harry Bailey Jr. learned from his bishop he could finally hold the priesthood after waiting a quarter of a century for the opportunity, he had his temple clothes already pressed and ready. “He told me once that if he could strip off his skin to hold the priesthood, he would,” Johanna Brutinell said. Learn more about how this amazing Latter-day Saint ministered to his community and remained faithful, despite racism and priesthood restrictions.
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July 07, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
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June 01, 2018 09:18 AM MDT
The Church’s history with race is complex and controversial. Here is a look at the priesthood and temple bans, the “curses” associated with dark skin, and the evolution of LDS beliefs and doctrine.
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May 05, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
With the unprecedented LDS Church celebration "Be One" set for June 1 to commemorate the priesthood revelation, we wanted to share this thought-provoking essay.
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April 05, 2018 04:14 PM MDT
LDS author, speaker, and founding member of the Genesis Group Darius Gray provides four key ways members can heal the wounds of racism in their own communities.
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February 22, 2018 06:13 PM MST
For LDS marathon runner Wendy Garrett, being able to walk a mile is a miracle, let alone run 26.2. And now, Garrett is preparing to make history as she gears up to run her sixth World Marathon Major.
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October 25, 2017 01:26 PM MDT
"It was a very easy decision to make. Me and Blake have been through so much together. He's always been there for me. This was, honestly, the least I could do for him," Sean Rausch said.
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October 23, 2017 05:08 PM MDT
Six miles left and Heather Jenson could barely breathe.
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October 02, 2017 02:10 PM MDT
"We need to embrace God’s children compassionately and eliminate any prejudice, including racism, sexism, and nationalism," Elder Ballard said at the Sunday afternoon session of general conference this weekend.
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By  LDS Living
August 15, 2017 05:57 PM MDT
The Church recently updated their statement following the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, adding this clarification:
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June 06, 2017 02:47 PM MDT
On Sept. 5, 2014, Kendal Levine was parked 15 feet off of the side of the road on her mission in Canberra, Australia, to take a picture of a double rainbow when she was hit by a 4,000-pound car traveling 40 mph.
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May 04, 2017 02:08 PM MDT
After years of recovery and therapy, a former sister missionary has decided to push herself to achieve a new goal and hopes to still complete her mission.
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April 07, 2017 01:30 PM MDT
Jocelyn McCauley says she wasn't thinking about anything when she crossed the finish line of the Ironman New Zealand 2017 race, finishing first place in the women's division.
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December 13, 2016 04:16 PM MST
African Americans have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost since its founding in 1830. Their numbers were initially small, but their role was significant. Green Flake, for example, Brigham Young’s driver and scout, was one of the first Mormon pioneers to reach the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.
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November 13, 2016 10:00 PM MST
In bringing home our son, Elie (A’lee) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) five years ago, my previously only-Caucasian family added layers of complexity and richness to our lives. The benefits and challenges continue to emerge.
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August 01, 2016 04:00 AM MDT
*Editor's Note: This is a republication of an article written in 2011, prior to the release of the Church's essay "Race and the Priesthood" in 2013.
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March 18, 2016 04:10 PM MDT
“Many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people”
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By  LDS Living
October 23, 2015 09:13 AM MDT
In ancient Greece, runners competed in a relay race called a lampadedromia.1 In the race, runners held a torch in their hand and passed it on to the next runner until the final member of the team crossed the finish line.
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October 01, 2015 03:30 PM MDT
MR says: See what interesting insights were added to the Church's in-depth essay which explores the role of race and the priesthood in our Church History.
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August 26, 2015 05:19 PM MDT
MR says: Learn what this athlete has to say about how she keeps her family life and training in balance.
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July 20, 2015 07:13 PM MDT
MR says: Help celebrate Pioneer Day this year with an unusual stake activity, by dedicating a temple-to-temple run to one of your ancestors.
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October 20, 2011 04:25 PM MDT
"Bull. One simple word. I'd put the other word behind it, but we don't talk that way." That's how Don Harwell responded when asked if he felt compelled to support President Obama -- a fellow African-American -- in 2012.
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