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Elder Jack N. Gerard Talks with the Rev. Amos C. Brown about Overcoming Prejudice

The conversation took place at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, California

The September 2021 digital and print edition of the Liahona, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ global magazine for adults, features a conversation with the Rev. Amos C. Brown about overcoming prejudice.

Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Quorum of the Seventy sat down with Rev. Brown in the sanctuary of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. Latter-day Saint leaders, including President Russell M. Nelson, have worked with Rev. Brown and others of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to promote civility and collaborate on educational and humanitarian projects.

The interview transcript can be found at Liahona.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

A portion of the full interview is featured in the video above and has the Latter-day Saint hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints” playing in the background. The song 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.”

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