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Recent Discoveries and Advances Published by Interpreter, Part 1

If you aren’t following the journal Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, you may have missed some discoveries and advances in understanding our scriptures that could be…

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A Heart on Fire: The Inhumanity of Neglecting Black Lives that Matter

Black lives matter. Of course they do. Sadly, the pains and sorrows faced by the victims of violence and inhumanity among black Americans is not adequately addressed by slogans and…

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Book of Mormon Reminder: Resist Voices That Stir Hate and Violence

 1. The Book of Mormon’s Warnings Against Manipulative Power Seekers Who Stir Us to Anger The Book of Mormon is becoming more relevant day by day during this time of…

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An International Church with More Visibly International Apostles

A familiar face for longtime members of the Church in Shanghai and the Asia Area in general has just been called as an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ…

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Many Great New Resources at LDS.org and on the LDS Gospel Library App

I am impressed with how rapidly the Church has moved in the past couple of years to make more information readily available to its members and the public. Have you…

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Race and the Priesthood: Significant New Statement on the LDS History of Blacks and the Priesthood at LDS.org

I’m delighted with the release of a thoughtful statement at ChurchofJesusChrist.org clarifying the history of the Church’s former policy that prior to 1978 prohibited those with African ancestry from holding…

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Sat in the Smoking Section of Church Today

One of the best misunderstandings ever happened today. I was asked by a leader to help out at a “gospel discussion” after church for expatriates (expatriates are foreigners living in…

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Marvin Perkins on Race and the Book of Mormon: Significant Insights Triggered by New Footnotes in the Book of Mormon

For anyone interested in the issue of race and the Book of Mormon, you need to consider what Marvin Perkins wrote on Feb. 7 about the new changes in the…

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Marcus H. Martins on Race in the Church

“A Black Man in Zion: Reflections on Race in the Restored Gospel” is a good read from the first black man to serve a mission after the 1978 revelation that…

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Updated Review of Black and Mormon

Many Latter-day Saints shouted with joy or at least breathed a sigh of relief on June 9, 1978 when the Church announced that any worthy male could be eligible to…

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