David O. McKay letter to John E. Denhalter
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Typed and signed letter addressed to John E. Denhalter, Jr. at Brigham Young University and dated November 3, 1947. The letter is McKay's response to Denhalter's request for an explanation of the Mormon Church's position on denying the priesthood to the black race. McKay explains that denying the priesthood to the black race did not originate with the prejudices of men but is part of the eternal plan of God. McKay assures Denhalter that God is just, that all people will be rewarded for their righteous endeavors regardless of race, and that some time the black race will have the right to receive the priesthood.
- 1947 November 3
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David O. McKay was the ninth president of the Mormon Church (1951-1970).
1 volume (4 leaves)
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Typescript copy in Americana.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Variant title; Letter concerning Negroes in L.D.S. Church
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