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The recent protests, riots, and looting, has caused President Russel M. Nelson to post on social media his thoughts about these current events which he calls "saddening." President Nelson has been a big proponent in bringing racial issues forward and working with many different groups, including the NAACP, in fixing the issues that we have as a culture and society.
On June 1st, President Nelson wrote:
We join with many throughout this nation and around the world who are deeply saddened at recent evidences of racism and a blatant disregard for human life. We abhor the reality that some would deny others respect and the most basic of freedoms because of the color of his or her skin.
We are also saddened when these assaults on human dignity lead to escalating violence and unrest.
The Creator of us all calls on each of us to abandon attitudes of prejudice against any group of God’s children. Any of us who has prejudice toward another race needs to repent!
During the Savior’s earthly mission, He constantly ministered to those who were excluded, marginalized, judged, overlooked, abused, and discounted. As His followers, can we do anything less? The answer is no! We believe in freedom, kindness, and fairness for all of God’s children!
Let us be clear. We are brothers and sisters, each of us the child of a loving Father in Heaven. His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, invites all to come unto Him—“black and white, bond and free, male and female,” (2 Nephi 26:33). It behooves each of us to do whatever we can in our spheres of influence to preserve the dignity and respect every son and daughter of God deserves.
Any nation can only be as great as its people. That requires citizens to cultivate a moral compass that helps them distinguish between right and wrong.
Illegal acts such as looting, defacing, or destroying public or private property cannot be tolerated. Never has one wrong been corrected by a second wrong. Evil has never been resolved by more evil.
We need to foster our faith in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.
We need to foster a fundamental respect for the human dignity of every human soul, regardless of their color, creed, or cause.
And we need to work tirelessly to build bridges of understanding rather than creating walls of segregation.
I plead with us to work together for peace, for mutual respect, and for an outpouring of love for all of God’s children.
Jun 26, 2020
Totally agree President Nelson most righteous Prophet of the world
Jun 25, 2020
Thank you for being our Prophet,, Seer and Revelatory. for being an example for me. The kindness you show and love for us. As I watch you and hear you talk feels my soul. I am so thankful for to have leaders to guide and direct us through out our lives.
Pray that you have the strength and fortitude to keep serving us and loving me as a daughter of God. I believe that you are called of God. So thankful for you and your counselors
Jun 26, 2020
I’m disturbed by how you take a full treatise on how racism needs to be solved and then single out one small part to create a photo collage pretending President Nelson is most condemning of rioters. Almost as if you feel (as a Utah faith-based publisher) that Nelson’s awesome work with the NAACP has somehow worked as proxy repentance for the racist attitudes espoused in our state. On the contrary, Nelson’s message should waken us to compassion and cooperation for the dark-skinned people in this country. Yes, rioting is bad. Hundreds of years of racial oppression is worse.
Judy E. Wilcox Ricks
Jun 23, 2020
Thank you, thank you for counseling and pleading with us to love all people as children of our loving Heavenly Parents, and to be respectful of property and people. We love you and pray for you and our leaders night and morning. ♥️