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|Searching for Elijah Abel|
Mar. 5th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
In thinking about the recent controversy involving Randy Bott and his justifications for the priesthood ban I thought it would be interesting to look at what materials the Church has to offer on the subject. So I decided to search on LDS.org for Elijah Abel. It results in a single hit from 2003. Here is the full text that applies from a News of the Church article:
Note that the article chooses to omit the fact that he was ordained to the priesthood, and refers to him as Brother Abel, rather than Elder Abel, as would befit a member of the Seventy and a man that became ill on a mission and died upon returning home.
How sad that a conference talk hasn’t been given on the life of this early saint. How strange that there is not an Ensign article on the topic. Is it any wonder people such as Brother Bott cling to their discredited rationalizations when nothing has been offered to fill the void they left?
While I personally would like to see a denunciation of the ban itself, some simple factual information from the Church on the early history of the topic would be a good first step in causing members to reconsider their prejudiced notions.