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General Conference this season was truly remarkable with many powerful talks given throughout each session. We will be covering some of our favorite talks that were given throughout the coming weeks, but one in particular we wanted to highlight was President Russell M. Nelson's talk where he very bluntly denounced racism.
“His doctrine on this matter is clear. He invites all to come unto him, ‘Black and white, bond and free, male and female.' I assure you that your standing before God is not determined by the color of your skin. Favor or disfavor with God is dependent upon your devotion to God and his commandments, and not the color of your skin.”
There has been a rise of protests, riots, and demonstrations throughout the streets of the United States as well as political talking points and news cycles revolving around the topic of racism in America. Regardless of your opinion on these demonstrations and various opinions and talking points, one thing remains clear: God does not prefer one race over another, and racism is NOT okay.
“Today, I call upon our members everywhere to lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice. I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.”
President Nelson's blunt statements to end racism in the church echo past General Conferences when President Gordon B. Hinckley in 2006 said, that no one who makes racial slurs or denigrating remarks can consider himself or herself a Christian.
What are your thoughts on General Conference? What were your favorite talks? Let us know in the comments!