I want to make a public record of some positive things I see in Mormonism lately. The first is a recent article published by the church detailing the human origins of the Priesthood Ban against Black members. It stops short of an official apology which is where I think the church needs to go, but it offers an official refutation of folk doctrines surrounding the issue and of the church’s previous racism.
The second leaves me in an awkward spot of praising an LDS temple. In this case, it’s the Fort Collins, CO Temple which appears to be designed in the shape of a cross. It’s not yet an outright explicit worship symbol but it’s a gateway drug. I think the activities within the LDS temple are actually a contradiction of the power of the cross, so it’s a weird mashup for me. I think if I had to choose between LDS temple worship or LDS use of the cross in worship and art I would prefer to see the temples done away with. But it’s a cross nonetheless and for that I’m grateful.
The third is a FAIR podcast discussion between Ned Scarisbrick and Evangelical Bobby Gilpin. The two discuss the what it means to be saved and I was quite encouraged to hear Mr. Scarisbrick side with Gilpin against the traditional LDS understanding that a person must earn the right to receive the free gift of salvation. I appreciated the tone and style in which the discussion was held and was very glad to hear the two men share the same conclusion.