The selections come during a two-day conference happening as the faith grapples with heightened scrutiny about its handling of sexual abuse reports and one-on-one interviews between local lay leaders and youth. The ex-leader denied the allegations. It was the first conference presided over by new church President Russell M. His choices for the two open leadership spots sparked hope that the year-old former heart surgeon will focus on the globalization of the faith during his tenure. The last time there were openings on the quorum, in October , the church chose three Utah men.
It was the first conference presided over by new church President Russell M. Cook Islands. French Polynesia. Joel: yes. The all-male panel sits below Asin President Russell M. Republic Asian mormans the Congo. The selections come during a two-day conference happening as the faith grapples with heightened scrutiny about its handling of sexual abuse Asian mormans and one-on-one interviews between local lay leaders and youth. The ex-leader denied the allegations.
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By Heidi June 23, However, I think a further inquiry into Korean, Southeast Asian, Mongolian, and South Asian perceptions would be helpful and fascinating. The sources are out there, the work just needs to be done. Browsing through library databases and catalogues today, it is difficult to find even a handful of hits on Mormonism and Asian Race.
Subsequently, for my presentation today, I will not attempt to trace every intricate historical nuance of the subject but rather focus on my own particular research into how cultural influences created and shaped Mormon conceptions of Asian Race between and The first era, roughly from to , established a rigid hierarchy clearly favoring the Japanese over the Chinese.
Rather, Mormons gathered in the knowledge available to them to rationally construct a worldview that, over time, took on religious significance. Two large murals dominate the North and South walls, each celebrating different moments of arrival into Utah. First, the pioneer train, and second, the arrival of the transcontinental railroad.
Completed in , the transcontinental railroad established Utah as a bustling hub for coast-to-coast travel and commerce. The economy in Northern Utah boomed and Salt Lake City often hosted visiting dignitaries and celebrities.
And, along with the railroad came the Chinese. In the mural commemorating the railroad on the North Wall, three Chinese men look on from the extreme left and though marginalized visually and culturally in Utah, they were still a noticeable presence. The settlement of Chinese immigrants presented a problem, however. Not only did their presence shatter the previously territory-centric worldviews of LDS settlers, but it also demanded an explanation for their very existence.
Previous to the opening of the transcontinental railroad, Mormons had not put much thought into Asia. To answer these questions, Utahns turned to science and their own observations in an attempt to place the Chinese within an understandable context. Explanatory articles began to appear in local newspapers describing their physiology, habits, beliefs, and culture. Unfortunately, by , Utahns were also informed by the Chinese Exclusion Act and articles telegraphed in from other American newspapers underscored established prejudices from across the country.
Beyond law, local newspapers repeated and reemphasized racial stereotypes. Between and , for example, the Provo Daily Enquirer ran numerous explicitly anti-Chinese articles. From this prolific cultural atmosphere of s and 90s Utah, it is not surprising that official church publications would take up similar subjects as simply accepted fact.
Racial assumptions also piggy-backed with phrenology and evolutionary science. Its prevalent presence in the Mormon mentality undoubtedly influenced the way missionary work and lineage constructions would be formulated by the turn of the century. However, to fully understand the developed doctrine of Asian lineage which peaked in , one must first understand where the Chinese stood in relation to the Japanese.
Article filed under Miscellaneous. Comment by David G. This would certainly be a data point on that score. Comment by Seth R. Comment by SC Taysom — June 23, am. I agree with you that there is much work to be done on the relationship between Asians and Mormonism. I think your work demonstrates the importance of including other racial groups when analyzing the history of Mormon racial thought if for no other reason then to understand the context of the ban as it continued into the second half of the 20th century.
Comment by Joel — June 23, am. Nobody welcomes them. I offer it here, though, as another illustration of what Heidi is describing. Comment by Ardis Parshall — June 23, am. Of course, the cleanliness of the streets at the time given the proximity of a horse based business, meant that the laundry needed to be rewashed. I find the tone in which the biography was written is an indication of how accepted this kind of behaviour was. Comment by BruceC — June 23, pm.
Grant and several missionaries were on the land leg of their trip to Japan. As I recall, Pres. Grant had very little success in Japan, converting only one person, who soon de-activated. It jars. Comment by Margaret Young — June 23, pm. I wish we could get rid of the concept that those who are responsive to the Gospel are? But the scriptures are full of ideas like this. Ultimately not being prepared at a given moment does not make one better than others nor does it preclude them from becoming prepared at a later time.
Heidi: I look forward to your serialized articles. I wrote a research paper on a similar topic when I was an undergraduate at BYU. Margaret: My research showed that Pres. Grant, in his dedicatory prayer for Japan, believed the Japanese were descendants of Lehi and Nephi. Maybe he changed his mind after he started trying to convert the Japanese. I do have some of the words of the prepared tract he took with him to Japan:. We recognize you as the children of our common Father, the Creator of the universe.
The spirits of all men are the offspring of God. Therefore, men and women of all races and kindreds and tribes and tongues upon the face of the earth are brothers and sisters. Margaret: Here is the citation I had for Pres. Opening of the Chinese Realm for the Preaching of the Gospel? Relief Society Magazine 8 Apr. Sterling: What? No link?? Dad is on dialysis now and hence unable to travel. In , they went to a freshly painted Christian Church in the Jinan province which was finally re-opening.
The building had been used as a factory from until that time. They had been practicing their religion in secret for all those years. Joel: yes. Probably tomorrow though. Comment by Heidi — June 23, pm. Very interesting stuff, thanks! Hardly any, in fact. Comment by Heidi — June 24, am. DavidH: How Wide the […]. Heidi: Thank you so much for this. But thank you. Comment by sister blah 2 — June 24, am. Great stuff, Heidi. This is a great start. Comment by Christopher — July 8, am.
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