In NAACP speech, church leader urges love for all

FILE - In this April 19, 2019 file photo The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson speaks during a news conference at the Temple Square South Visitors Center in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' top leader has been invited to speak at the NAACP convention in Detroit, marking the latest sign of a burgeoning partnership between the two organizations. The Utah-based faith said in a news release Wednesday, July 17, 2019, that Nelson will speak Sunday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leader urged people to love one another no matter their differences during a speech at the NAACP convention.

President Russell M. Nelson said Sunday night in Detroit that everyone has a God-given responsibility to help make life better for those around them. He pointed to a passage from the faith’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, that says, “all are alike unto God.”

Nelson’s invitation to speak illustrated a growing partnership between the two organizations.

He did not mention the religion’s past ban on blacks from the lay priesthood that stood until 1978. That ban was rooted in the belief that black skin was a curse, and lingers as one of the most sensitive topics in the religion’s history.

CORRECTION — In a story July 22 about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leader speaking at the NAACP convention in Detroit, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted a passage from the Book of Mormon. The passage reads, “all are alike unto God,” not “all are unlike unto God.”

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  • Voter July 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Wow what a misquote. 2 Nephi 26:17 says, “… and all are alike unto God, …”.

  • PolygamyPolly July 23, 2019 at 10:23 am Reply

    Love a good cafeteria Mormon – pick & choose what you want to believe or follow and for sure don’t ever mention all of the horrendous things your religion has done in the name of God. It is so disturbing. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people…I wonder who’s next on their list?

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