There seems to be a lot of satisfaction over the fact that the OD2 heading now says, “Church records offer no clear insights into the origins of [withholding priesthood from blacks].”
My surprise came because the new heading starts out with this:
The Book of Mormon teaches that “all are alike unto God,” including “black and white, bond and free, male and female” (2 Nephi 26:33)
It seems odd to me that the section declaring the priesthood open to blacks is now prefaced with a statement that men and women are “alike unto God.” To be clear, I’m not trying to make a case here about the status of women, but it seems a strange declaration to make right before launching into the section about the priesthood that is reserved exclusively for “every faithful, worthy man in the Church.”
I look forward to seeing the new things available in digital format and, later, printed versions.
What changes have you noticed? What are you most excited about?
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