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Reginald Little in Black Latter-day Saint Profiles
Purpose of this Hub
The purpose of this article is to inform Black Americans that Black Latter-day Saints do exist and support a growing gospel community in truth. They invite all to come to Christ and find out what The Church of Jesus Christ has to offer.
NOTE: Because most of the information was taken from Brother Reginald Little, the author will interject without special considerations, in other words not all of Reggie's comments will be in quotations.
"No matter how the world may look at us I love being Black. I wouldn't want to be any other ethnicity."
- Black Latter Day Saints Page on Facebook
Use to be that if you were Mormon, you were a Caucasian living in the Rocky Mountains in the Salt Lake Basin, the great state of Utah. That has started to change. Mormons can be found any and everywhere though in small numbers.
Missionaries knocked on my door
When Reginald Little was asked why he listened to the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints he simply responded, "I didn't want to be rude and turn them down." Like many Latter-day Saints, Brother Little is active in his ward congregation and devoted to Jesus Christ.
Some continue to ask if Latter-day Saint Christians are Christian!
Reggie replies, "He [Jesus Christ] is my savior & best friend. I am grateful for the restoration and grateful to have the knowledge of it."
Reginald Little is a member of a Black Latter-day Saint group hosted on Facebook called Black Latter Day Saints. The purpose of the group is to allow Black LDS Christians and their families to have a place to talk about LDS issues from a Black perspective.
Brother Reginald Little was baptised May 6, 2011. Since he joined the church he has passionately posted comments about his feelings for the Restored Gospel as it came through Joseph Smith. He had a witness of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Said Reggie, "I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and if you truly study it and ask God is it true with a sincere heart and real intent acting on what he will show you; you will know it is His work and glory.
When asked bout the Priesthood Ban and Curse of Cain, Brother Little preached a sermon.
When I found out about the priesthood ban, I wanted to know more of the reason why. But when I prayed about it to asked God why I felt as if it were not our time to have the priesthood because it would not sit well with the racism going on with the members of the church and others. We are all equal in the Lord's eyes, however.
If you look in the "topical guide" in the scriptures & look up words like separation, peculiar people, and so on... You will see that God's people are above the rest and He always separates them.
The Israelites couldn't have mixed relationships. When Jesus was born until he died he only preached to the Jews.
So the way we Black Mormons feel now I'm pretty sure is the same way the people separated from Gods people back then felt.
Also, the Lord NEVER turned anyone away from the gospel but may not have let them exercise full authority; such as the priesthood.
But what I'm saying is we don't know all the Lords reasons but I do know if a prophet puts something out in conference or however it, maybe, is inspired of The Lord whether it be meant just for today or forever.
Now the gospel is preached to everyone. When Jesus was living, He said preach only to the Jews, when He was resurrected He commanded the apostles to preach the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10). Hence, Jew & Gentile, meaning there was separation before.
Our God is not a God of confusion. The truth is in the word, we just have to search them and ask God for an answer. But this topic is not confusing. The Lord does things in His own way according to His will. Remember He sees things eternally not as we do, He's all knowing.
Teaching and Accepting the Gospel
Little Points to Remember
Although faith is a gift, it must be cultured and sought after until it grows from a tiny seed to a great tree. The effects of true faith in Jesus Christ include:
- An actual knowledge that the course of life one is pursuing is acceptable to the Lord (see Heb.11:4);
- A reception of the blessings of the Lord that are available to man in this life; and
- An assurance of personal salvation in the world to come. These things involve individual and personal testimony, guidance, revelation, and spiritual knowledge.
Where there is true faith there are miracles, visions, dreams, healings, and all the gifts of God that He gives to His saints. Jesus pointed out some obstacles to faith in John 5:44 and 12:39–42 (see also James 1:6–8).
Little on Faith
Reggie's family supported his decision to join the church even with all of the history involved in its past teachings. He was born May 24, 1993, in Melbourne, Florida. He is a man with a large heart and understanding of the gospel message. Reggie admits, “I love going out teaching with the Missionaries and teaching my family and friends the gospel. It brings me peace & joy. I cannot serve a mission because I'm married with a child, but I will when me & my wife retire.”
I realized that some people won't accept the gospel in this life no matter how much truth you show them or tell them your testimony. But I feel peace when I get the impression on my heart that it's just not their time right now.
Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true (Heb. 11:1; Alma 32:21), and must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone.
The Lord has revealed Himself and His perfect character, possessing in their fulness all the attributes of love, knowledge, justice, mercy, unchangeableness, power, and every other needful thing. This is to enable the mind of man to place confidence in Him without reservation.
Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith (Rom. 10:14–17). Miracles do not produce faith, but strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ; in other words, faith comes by righteousness, although miracles often confirm one’s faith.
Faith is a principle of action and of power, and by it, one can command the elements, heal the sick, and influence any number of circumstances when occasion warrants (Jacob 4:4–7). Even more important, by faith one obtains a remission of sins and eventually can stand in the presence of God.
All true faith must be based upon correct knowledge or it cannot produce the desired results. Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel and is more than belief since true faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical and mental action; it carries an assurance of the fulfillment of the things hoped for. A lack of faith leads one to despair, which comes because of iniquity.
What is truth? How can we be sure it's really truth? How to react to truth that contradicts truth we heard before?
Don't confuse belief with truth just because its convenient or understandable--doesn't mean it's true.
The truth would require us to change.
Admit we were wrong.
When someone has info that could be helpful & compliment what you know we often take it as that person has been misinformed.
Truth existence beyond belief. It's true even if no one believes. "Absolute truth" it's unchangeable & can't be altered.
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I'm sure it would be very peaceful to see the hand of The Lord! To not have faith anymore but to really see The Lord. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His work & glory!
And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing doubting, Ether 3:19.
Satan, the father of all lies, keeps us from "absolute truth" and makes us think that one person's truth is just as valid for us as the real truth—that for some "absolute truth" is out there somewhere but can never be reached.
For those who have the truth, Satan gives them reasons to doubt—gives them reasons that contradict their truth.
Just because something is on paper or has a strong group of followers doesn't make it true. Sometimes things are presented in a way that makes it seem quite credible.
We don't know all things we can't see all things but if you continue to keep searching truth, what may seem contradictory now will be more know! As we find & seek more trustworthy information—trust in God who sees clearly.
Our role is full of confusion all our doubts and questions will become certainty because of our Heavenly Father. He knows truth as it was, as it is, & will be.
God offers us His truth.
His gospel, which is in Jesus Christ, is that truth. We are obligated to know the truth and come to a personal testimony of it. People have too much confidence in their leaders for their salvation that they find won't find out if their leaders are being led of God.
Leaders should be walking the paths of the Lord. Just 'cause "man" thinks it's true doesn't mean it is as I stated before! Wisdom receives wisdom & truth embraces truth. The Holy Ghost will help us know the truth, and He stands as a witness of truth in all things & all places. God will not let us wonder alone in darkness. Seek truth continually. Have confidence that God will help you know truth!
I think we all have the same testimony of Jesus Christ & the church and all things therein. But I think some of you & myself do according to the scriptures as pertaining to the meaning of some of them. I think some of you may believe what they may want to believe and not the real meaning—to perceive the truth of doctrine.
If we believe something contrary to the gospel, the true gospel of Christ, then is it not false? But I also think some you doesn't accept all the things the church has such as "the standard works".
The standard works and everything therein is truth. And being a part of the church I think you have to accept that whether we are Black, White, Hispanic, or whatever! What's true is true.
This is not to one person or to be taken in a disrespectful way. I just think we should all accept all The Lord has given us & restored to us fully.
Reference President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Scriptures that speak of Records
- D&C 107:57 These things were all written in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.
- Ether 15:33 And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him: Go forth. And he went forth, and beheld that the words of the Lord had all been fulfilled; and he finished his record; (and the hundredth part I have not written) and he hid them in a manner that the people of Limhi did find them.
- Articles of faith 1:9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
What do YOU say!
Will you be willing to talk to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about what they believe?
Records of The Gospel
The scripture John 21:25 was referring to all the things Jesus did such as blessing & healing people. And John said it he were to write all the things Jesus did the world itself could not contain the books.
I think the meaning was that there would be things such as the creation in it and how everything came to be. Along with Christ ministry on earth. And there is more scripture but the Lord has not given them to us yet.
I see in the topical guide in the LDS version of scriptures that it talks about "scriptures lost" or "scriptures to come forth" In the bible dictionary it speaks of “lost books" –and we know there was a book of Lehi in the Book of Mormon; but it was taken when Joseph Smith showed Martin Harris the manuscript and let him take it from his possession—he was not supposed to.
Importance of Obeying
Sometimes we may think a commandment is not very important. The scriptures tell of a man named Naaman who thought that way. Naaman had a dreadful disease and traveled from Syria to Israel to ask the prophet Elisha to heal him.
Naaman was an important man in his own country, so he was offended when Elisha did not greet him in person but sent his servant instead.
Naaman was even more offended when he received Elisha’s message: wash seven times in the river Jordan.
“Are not [the] rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean?” he demanded. He went away in a rage. But his servants asked him: “If the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?” (See 2 Kings 5:1–14.)
Naaman was wise enough to understand that it was important to obey the prophet of God, even if it seemed a small matter. So he washed in the Jordan and was healed.
I think if the prophet says something then it was inspired by God even if it has no meaning today. Some things were meant for time periods and something's are laws eternal. The prophets are not perfect but the spirit is always with them and I'm sure they're always receiving revelation and inspiration from Heavenly Father.
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 1:38)
For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 21:5)
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Happy Father's Day to Me!
The gospel changed Reggie's life for the better. He was in a dark place for a while and revealed that “The Missionaries who taught me the gospel—when they were teaching—I always had my head down because I was going through some things. When the missionary who taught me came & visited me a year later, when we were talking, I always had my head up and knew the gospel—holding on firm to the iron rod.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Because I overcame my life situations to put away everything & follow The Lord He posted it on facebook and the author concludes with the statement by a man of God, who is Mormon and Black.
Reggie celebrated one particular moment where he was deeply moved by the spirit. He was led to write the following.
“When God answers you immediately He increasing your faith. When He delays He's increasing your patience. When He does not answer you He has something better for you. Let the will of God almighty be done in our life.
Catered this wedding last night. It was my first real traditional wedding almost made me cry. Made me realize happiness last forever & something's really just ain't worth it.
Made me wanna be a better husband to my wife & treat her like she deserves loving her unconditional and showing her grace.
Just made me want more out of life! Sometimes you get only 1 chance & when I get mine I'ma be ready! Today is a new day for me & my family. Getting ready for church! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jesus Christ, Gospel truth, the spirit of God, Prophet & apostles, The Priesthood, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone, CHARITY, Fellowship, all in 1 place across all continents and almost every country & almost every language, 1 faith. The church is the same everywhere you go: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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Whether the ban was of man or of God is not important ... it is your purpose to be true to your beliefs—the things God have revealed to you. I know that the gospel has been restored and that the missionaries who taught me of the gospel changed my lif
- Convictions of Paul L. Sleet: Black Latter-day Saint...
Shortly after sharing the gospel with ALL of my friends, one of them claimed that I had just joined the most racist church on the face of the earth!
- The Book of Mormon View of Things: The Gall of Bitterness
If bitterness had gall, or its own secretion of bitterness, I would be swimming in it! I am full of self righteous contemptuous pride thinking that I can circumvent the commands of God.
- Bobby Zee: Black Latter Day Saints Profiles
I heard things like the church members drink human blood; Mormons have their own bible; you get rich quick when you join the church and many other such things. Despite all these teasings, I still accepted to meet with the missionaries.
- The Truth About Blacks and The Curse of Cain
President Brigham Young refuted the possibility of this falsehood in his support of a first presidency message declaring that all who obtained the first estate of life did so with earnest. No soul sat idly by in the war commenced in heaven
- Truth About Cain & Abel
Jealous Cain could not see past his own lust, which with the help of Satan became a blood lust. He called himself according to Moses Master Mahan. The great secret was that he could murder and get gain without getting found out--or so he thought.
© 2013 Rodric A Johnson