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“Today thousands of Lamanites [LDS code for ‘Native Americans’] are coming into the Church. More than one hundred Lamanite branches have been organized among the stakes and within the missions. In many of these branches the leadership is provided by the Lamanite members. They are the branch presidents, the teachers, the auxiliary leaders, the music directors. With increasing effectiveness and with characteristic humility and devotion, they are carrying forward the program of the Church. Lives are being transformed. In some cases whole Indian communities are being affected. …In fulfillment of Nephi’s prophetic words (see 1 Nephi 15:13-14), the Lamanites in our day are, indeed, being restored to their rightful place in the House of Israel. By their obedience to the principles of the gospel, they are beginning to receive the blessings promised to their ancient fathers.”

Boyd K. Packer, Relief Society Magazine – Volume 51, number 8, “For the Blessing of the Lamanites” (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, August 1964), 565 & 564.