Prophet/President Stephen Veazey, First Counselor Becky Savage, Second Counselor Scott Murphy (seated)
Prophet/President Stephen Veazey, First Counselor Becky Savage, Second Counselor Scott Murphy (seated)

Continuuing with the theme of Black History Month, I thought I’d reflect on changes in the past 30 years or so.  In 1978, the LDS Church announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on black men.  In 1985, the RLDS Church (now known as the Community of Christ) announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on women.

Not a single black apostle has been called in the LDS Church.  (Our idea of diversity is to call a white German apostle.). The RLDS Church currently has 4 female apostles (1/3 of the quorum), a black apostle, a Polynesian apostle (who is female), and a Hispanic apostle to go along with a female in the First Presidency.

If God is no respecter of persons, why is there still a de facto restriction on black, Hispanic, and Polynesian apostles?  Is God really sexist and racist?

Community of Christ apostles shown are Susan Oxley, Bunda Chibwe, Mareva Arnaud Tchong, Richard James, Barbara Carter, Stassi Cramm, Art Smith, Carlos Enrique Mejia.