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Race and the Mormon Church – What do we know, and how do we teach it?


This episode is all about Race and the Mormon Church. Some of the episodes of the LDS MissionCast feature content for those preparing to serve a full-time mission, some episodes are directed towards those that have returned home, or are wanting to be more inspired in member-missionary work. Episodes like this one are unique in that we occasionally need to take the time to learn the gospel and to learn our history better so that we can be better members of the church and better ministers to those around us.

Russell Stevenson - Race and the LDS Church
LDS MissionCast Podcast Guest – Russell Stevenson

On June 1st, 2018 there will be a “Be One” celebration in the conference center in Salt Lake City, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the Priesthood, or Official Declaration #2. It is common for people to feel marginalized or to hold issue with a past policy of the church that was in place, and this is certainly an issue that missionaries in the field face on a semi-regular basis. In an effort to explain or even justify this policy, it is also common for members of the church to say things about this issue that are either wrong, possibly hurtful, incorrect, you name it. So we will spend some time in this episode learning the history, and coming to some understanding of this often controversial topic. I know in the south on my mission this issue of race and the LDS Church came up on a regular basis and was something I had to face almost every week. The information that will be shared by our guest today is vitally important in our society, if we are going to be successful in building bridges and bringing souls unto Christ and His church.

Our guest, Russell Stevenson, has dedicated years of his life to the study and understanding of the issues surrounding Race and the Mormon Church. He talks about how his mission experience inspired this work, and informs much of what he does in his academic studies.

Listen to this episode of the LDS MissionCast:

Other sources for this episode:

Race and the Priesthood Essay @

Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables by Russell Stevenson

LDS MissionCast Questions and Answers: Are Mormons Racist? Are there Black Mormons?

Shawn Rapier Brittany Whiscombe
Shawn Rapier & Brittany Wiscombe from the Latter-day Lives Podcast

Latter-day Lives Segment features Shawn Rapier who interviews Brittany Wiscombe, the director and producer of the upcoming “In Emma’s Footsteps” movie. She tells are great story of how not all missionary stories go the storybook way.

Race and the Mormon Church – What do we know, and how do we teach it? Interview with Russell Stevenson

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