Civil Rights Era & Boyd K. Packer: Day Three

Fat Mo here. I just finished watching Mississippi Burning¬†starring William deFoe & Gene Hackman. It’s an impactful movie for me. I saw it originally in the Camp Humphreys’ movie theater in 1989. I know it is a fictionalized account of what happened, but I didn’t know that then. Fast forward two decades & I met Henry “Hank” Miles, a retired state

Hank Miles Poet Novelist Scholar Hiker Retired State Department Employee Provo Utah
Henry “Hank” Miles

department employee who returned to Provo, Utah, climbed the ‘Y’ everyday, & took English Lit. & creative writing classes at UVSC (now UVU) for $5 a semester. During his youth, Hank was involved in the civil rights movement, going to marched & volunteering when he could.

The Civil Rights Era is an amazing time period for me. I missed it. Sure, I’m an Army Brat raised on Ft. Sill, OK, but in the 70s & 80s, the fire just wasn’t that hot anymore. Yes, I’ve witnessed racist acts & as I got older, I started acting against racism.

I want to know about President Packer’s experience & does it surface in his writings & sermons. I know his official biography deals with the Civil Rights Era & President Packer was a member of the Twelve when the revelation on the priesthood was received. What did he have to say about it?

I’ll let you know what I find.

Today: I am almost done with my document prep for all of President Packer’s sermons from 1970 to 1994 & I made some more progress on his book Teach Ye Diligently.

The progress is slow since I also get to watch two energetic & clever grandchildren as I research.

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