Mormonism and racial issues/Blacks and the priesthood/Ban

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The priesthood ban

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The origin of the Mormon priesthood ban

Summary: The origin of the priesthood ban is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Its origins are not clear, and this affected both how members and leaders have seen the ban, and the steps necessary to rescind it. The Church has never provided an official reason for the ban.

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The nature of the Mormon priesthood ban

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Understanding pre-1978 statements by members and leaders of the Church regarding the priesthood ban

Summary: Critics frequently parade justifications for the ban by past General Authorities that are considered quite racist by today's standards. While these have not been officially renounced, there is no obligation for current members to accept such sentiments as the "word of the Lord," and they most certainly do not reflect the Church's current position and teachings.

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Lifting the Priesthood ban

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Social pressure and the lifting of the Mormon priesthood ban

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Statements made by Church leaders regarding the priesthood ban

Summary: A compilation of statements made by Church leaders both before and after the rescinding of the priesthood ban in 1978.

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