Originally Posted by dahlia
Revelation or not, you can't tell me that lifting the ban was not a response to the changing times. This is mentioned in the article, but I don't believe it goes far enough. I don't fault the authorities for seeing the writing on the wall and lifting the ban. I'm just hesitant to say that this was all due to revelation. The Church was becoming increasingly active in parts of the world with black or mixed populations. People are not going to convert in large numbers to a religion that denigrates their humanity. And you can say the Church is true all you want, but if you are denying me the priesthood because of lineage, color, or whatever, I'm going to say you're not as true as you think you are.
I am going to tell you exactly what you said not to. I am going to tell you that the change did come from G-d and was not generated - even in part by men. In fact - I believe this idea (that the change is actually from G-d) is of up most importance and necessary for all "Mormons" (LDS). There are several reasons - and here is just a couple:
1. If is was not from G-d - then how important is the change really?
2. If the change came about because of "changing" times then if times should change again we should change to suit such whims? I do not think so.
I believe we cheapen the importance of the change by not believing G-d brought it about. I believe we can make excuses for not fully accepting it if we in any way think it was because "men" thinking it a good idea at the time.
The change in blessings not just for blacks for for all, not just good because I believe it to be good - it is good because it is a commandment from G-d himself.
I am personally grateful that G-d left no question in this manner that it was his will and by his command that there was a change that must be 100 % completely accepted by every individual that calls themselves LDS or "Mormon".