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Correction: NAACP-Mormon President story

July 27, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story July 22 about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leader speaking at the NAACP convention in Detroit, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted a passage from the Book of Mormon. The passage reads, “all are alike unto God,” not “all are unlike unto God.”

A corrected version of the story is below:

In NAACP speech, Mormon leader urges love for all

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leader has been invited to speak at the NAACP convention in Detroit, marking the latest sign of a burgeoning partnership between the two organizations

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top leader urged people to love one another no matter their differences during a speech at the NAACP convention.

President Russell M. Nelson said Sunday night in Detroit that everyone has a God-given responsibility to help make life better for those around them. He pointed to a passage from the faith’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, that says, “all are alike unto God.”

Nelson’s invitation to speak illustrated a growing partnership between the two organizations.

He did not mention the religion’s past ban on blacks from the lay priesthood that stood until 1978. That ban was rooted in the belief that black skin was a curse, and lingers as one of the most sensitive topics in the religion’s history.

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