I think for me, what I know now, what I didn’t know before and what I know now is that you don’t have to know what to do to do what needs to be done — you just have to begin the work, and the Lord will reveal the path if we just start walking, start moving in the direction we need to go in.
Mauli Junior Bonner, Church News podcast, Episode 34, June 8, 2021, https://www.thechurchnews.com/podcast/2021-06-08/episode-34-richard-turley-mauli-bonner-early-black-pioneers-215657
This was a good podcast to listen to. I learned so much. I had no idea there were people of color that played a critical role in the trek westward, both free men and women, as well as slaves. Maybe I chose to block that out instead.
Looking back in our history, it is completely easy for me, or anyone, to lose their testimony over the fact that slavery was part of this church.
But we don't know the whole story. We do not have the entire picture. All we know is what our perspective teaches us. We don't know the cultural or political climate of the time. We weren't there.
All we can do is trust that the Lord is Captain. He is our Guide. Trust that. Trust Him. He will not lead us astray. Never.
I keep thinking about how the Savior said that we shouldn't judge. He said "judge not", and that, to me, means not just that we shouldn't judge others, but also that we shouldn't judge situations or events, especially if we don't have the whole picture.
What we should do is learn. We should educate ourselves. I should and will educate myself.