Race in the Mormon Church


“Brothers and sisters, please listen carefully to what I am about to say. God does not love one race more than another. His doctrine on this matter is clear. He invites all to come unto Him, “black and white, bond and free, male and female.”  Russell M. Nelson

“I assure you that your standing before God is not determined by the color of your skin. Favor or disfavor with God is dependent upon your devotion to God and His commandments and not the color of your skin.” Russell M. Nelson

To read what the Mormon Church has to say about race, specifically blacks and the priesthood, here is a great resource:

Race And The Priesthood – Gospel Essays Church Website

For additional resources and reading:

Yes, We Really Do Need To Talk About Race – Public Square Magazine

Honest Questions About Race for Fellow Disciples – Public Square Magazine

Race and Representation in Latter-day Saint Art – Public Square Magazine

The Public Takes On The BYU Racial Equity Report – Public Square Magazine

A Fourth Take on The BYU Racial Equity Report – Public Square Magazine

White Privilege – A Latter-day Saint’s Perspective – Third Hour

Will we be of different races in the hereafter? – Ask Gramps

Where did the black race originate? Did it have anything to do with the Priesthood ban? – Ask Gramps

Pam is currently the Visual Layout Director for Public Square Magazine and for Third Hour. She loves anything to do with road trips and history. She currently lives in San Antonio, TX.