This is the first in my posts with the title “The Continuing Crisis.” Each will discuss issues that either are, or should be, front and center in Mormonism today (at least in my opinion…)
Imagine my surprise when I learned that Martin Luther King Jr. died at the age of 39! This Monday is a holiday celebrating Dr. King. Another young man lost his life at about the same age — Joseph Smith, Jr. Both had a dream, both were either loved or hated by the people. Both based their beliefs in religion. Both died martyrs.
My question: would Dr. King be welcomed into the Mormon church today? They may want him to keep quiet about his feelings of unrest. And how far has Mormonism come in its well-known problems with race? Has Mormonism become the race-neutral welcoming place that it should have been from the beginning?