The September issue of the Liahona, the Church’s global magazine for adults, features a discussion with Rev. Amos C. Brown on the hot button topic of overcoming prejudice.
Rev. Brown sat down with Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Quorum of the Seventy at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. The conversation is a continuation of the work other Latter-day Saint leaders, including President Russell M. Nelson, have done with Rev. Brown and others from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to promote civil dialogue and collaborate on humanitarian and educational projects.
A transcript of the full interview can be found at Liahona.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
A small excerpt from the interview is featured in the video above. The beloved hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints” plays because it is one of Rev. Brown’s favorites.
“That hymn embodies a statement of the struggle of the human family,” Rev. Brown says. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went through struggle. Your congregation did not rest in the ruins of oppression. It did not just survive. It struggled to soar above the persecution that was inflicted by persons who didn’t like you because you were different. But the prophets kept saying, ‘Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear.’ That opening line really impacted me when I first heard it over 50 years ago, and I never forgot it.”