5 Gospel Lessons from the “I Have a Dream” Speech

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    1. God is no respecter of persons.

    By virtue of being sons and daughters of God, all men and women—no matter their ethnicity—have unalienable rights: the right to freedom and the right to happiness through the gospel. King spoke boldly that

    “All men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’”

    In like manner, God denies no one the opportunity to change through the gospel. God is no respecter of persons, and as Nephi explained it,

    “He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).

    2. Now is the time to change.

    Both the gospel and King’s speech emphasize the urgency of now. King said,

    “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”

    Similarly, God asks us to change now—to start every day fresh with new determination to be better. Now is always the right time to take a step forward. Amulek taught,

    “And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance” (Alma 33:34).

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