Left to right: (former Genesis president) Darius Gray, (first Genesis president) Ruffin Bridgeforth, (emeritus member of the quorum of the seventy) Helvécio Martins, (current Genesis president) Don Harwell
Toward the end of 2013 the LDS church begin releasing a series of essays on their “gospel topics pages”. These essays were to serve as a resource, as well as to shed more light into bothersome subjects of concerned members. While, some bishops and stake presidents have shied away from discussing the information found on the church’s website, that was not my experience. It’s probably not a surprise that the essay that I gravitated to the most was “Blacks and the Priesthood”! After reading it several times, then checking and rechecking the website to make sure it was on the LDS churches official website, I decided to copy, paste and email the essay and link to my bishop and stake president. Both responded in a very positive manner, which I must say was a relief, because I knew that some of my friends were experiencing push back from their leaders. Within a week of receiving my e-mail, my stake president arranged a time where I could share the information with the bishops as well as the priest in my stake. I’ve read the story in The Salt Lake Tribune about what the Dawson’s experience, it was heart breaking, especially considering that the majority of the black members of the LDS church know and have known about the dynamics of the priesthood ban. Once most of us discovered the information, we were armed and ready to go tell it on the mountain. However reaching the mountain, came in the form of resistance from our brothers and sisters in the gospel. That is why when the LDS church came out with the essays, on race, polygamy, and Joseph Smith, I was content. Having information like Race & the Priesthood meant I know longer had to prove that what I was saying was true or proving that where I got my information from was legitimate. I said all that to say this, that as the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ feel moved to release information: I’m going to support it! It may not be everything I want when I want it, but I can certainly support their efforts. For the record that whole curse thang, I am not cursed, ain’t never been cursed, and ain’t never believed that I was cursed! And, err’body I know can run tell dat!
Are you familiar with the essays on the “gospel topics pages“? Do you have an experience worth sharing as it pertains to the sharing of info found in the essays?