Latter-day Saint Life

What (and What Not) to Say to Black People at Church


Authorsand Time Out for Women presenters Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes have long been a voice for black members of the Church under the name "Sistas in Zion." Now they've brought their witty humor to LDS Living readers in this fun and insightful new video. Here is a taste of one of their tips:

"When it comes to asking questions, motive matters. If your motive is a loving one, it will shine through."

"Sometimes we have these conversations in the Church, and sometimes race is a part of it. Don't skip over the race part. We want to be a part of that conversation!" 

"Tamu and I don't speak for all black people, so the best rule of thumb is, treat everybody like individuals . . . All are alike unto God, but that doesn't mean that we are all alike. It means that we're striving to love each other like God loves each of us."

► You'll also like: "Sistas in Zion: How 2 Black Mormon Women Are Breaking Stereotypes"

Check out the full video below:

You’ve read the title, and now you’re scratching your head, wondering if this book is for real, right?
It is. Yes, the authors are bona fide Mormons. And hilarious, too! They call themselves Sistas in Zion.

Did we mention they’ve got enough faith to move mountains? Well, they haven’t moved any mountains just yet, but that’s not stopping them from keeping right on praying and believing and knowing that the gospel of Jesus Christ is worth it.

Their unique perspective on their own diary entries will have you laughing one minute and exclaiming “Amen!” the next. They talk about personal experiences and lessons they’ve learned about relationships, sisterhood, standing up for what you believe, embracing diversity, and dealing with adversity—what being a Christian is all about.

The Sistas’ humorous and poignant outlook on life will strengthen your faith and remind you of the joy to be found in living a Christ-centered life. You’ll soon realize that the authors aren’t mad-mad—they’re crazy-mad, funny, and inspiring!


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