At last, we are able to put a footage trailer for Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons online. However, those who saw it at FAIR or Sunstone will notice one difference: The version on the website does not include President Hinckley’s powerful words from the priesthood session of General Conference, April 2006. Those words are:

It seemed to me that we all rejoiced in the 1978 revelation given President Kimball. I was there in the temple at the time that that happened. There was no doubt in my mind or in the minds of my associates that what was revealed was the mind and the will of the Lord.

Now I am told that racial slurs and denigrating remarks are sometimes heard among us. I remind you that no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church of Christ. How can any man holding the Melchizedek Priesthood arrogantly assume that he is eligible for the priesthood whereas another who lives a righteous life but whose skin is of a different color is ineligible?

As we approached the Church’s Intellectual Properties division, we were aware that it is unusual to get permission to use footage of President Hinckley — for anything. We do hope to get permission to use these words in the documentary itself — and to show footage of the Prophet himself speaking them. For now, we have moved the words of Pastor Chip Murray up to where we had President Hinckley. So what do you think?

Some of my friends have suggested that few people felt the significance of the above quoted words as much as those of African descent did. I had a bunch of phone calls immediately after that priesthood session telling me about what had happened and how important it was. One message, on my voicemail, was teary. “He did it. President Hinckley spoke directly to the issue.” But when we have referred to the words recently, we have sometimes been met by blank stares and a statement like, “I don’t remember any statement about race.”

Do you remember hearing the statement — or hearing about it? Was it quoted in anyone’s Sunday School class recently (like in the lesson titled “God is no respecter of persons”)?