40 years after end of priesthood ban, some black Mormons still see discrimination

By | July 17, 2017

Kimberly Teitter anticipated only joy on her wedding day.

But the Salt Lake City woman instead had to deal with racism in an LDS temple.

A temple worker, apparently assuming Teitter is a convert because she is black, asked for her conversion story.

But Teitter is a lifelong member of the church.

Her new husband, who is white, is a convert. He wasn’t asked for his story.

Members of the church often make assumptions about her church activity because of her race, Teitter said.

While some black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they haven’t faced discrimination or racial tension, others, like Teitter, say the church’s history of racism isn’t confined to the distant past.

From 1852 to 1978, black men were not ordained to the church’s priesthood — which allows men to hold leadership positions in the church and, it teaches, is a power from God that can heal and serve other people. Black men and women also could not enter the church’s temples, where members participate in sacred ordinances the church says are essential to living with God after death. (Standard Examiner)

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