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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 23, 2020
Thank you for fixing “Repentance,” although it still shows up capitalized when linked. But you’ve still got President Russell M. Nelson’s first name wrong. And now that I look at it again, it should be “protests, riots, and looting [no comma] have [not ‘has’] . . .” Also, “in bring racial issues” should be "in bringing racial issues . . . " Sorry to pester you but I thought you would want to get it right. Have a good day.
Jun 23, 2020
Really, Cedar Fort? “Russel” M. Nelson? Also, “repentance” shouldn’t be capitalized in the title. And you should have noted that this is only part of President Nelson’s statement. I expect better from a publisher.
Donna Draper Smith
Jun 22, 2020
We are living in a frightening world and when my children have questions of how to survive in it I tell them what I have done, and what I do. I follow the prophet. I’m so glad that President Nelson spoke out about our current situation so that we have his counsel and through him our Heavenly Father and our Savior’s commands. I am grateful for a true and living prophet. I love and sustain him.
Jun 22, 2020
I love President Nelson. I believe he has been called of God to be our Church Prophet and President in these last days.