By Matthew Cappell, Time staff writerThe pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has told his congregants to forget the past and start anew.
He has been speaking to his congregation at a meeting at the Jades, a historic black church in Jacksonville, Florida, for two years, the first time he has done so since his father died in the Holocaust.
It is a place that has stood for the Black Lives Matter movement and has been a focal point for protests against police brutality.
In 2017, Jades became the site of a violent riot, during which four officers were killed and dozens wounded, most of them black.
Now, the church is under threat from the Black Panther Party, which is seeking to overthrow its leadership.
The Panthers have threatened violence and murder against Jades if it doesn’t renounce violence.
The church is one of the largest in the world, with about 8,000 members, many of them from the state of Mississippi.
Many of its members have ties to the church and, like many churches, have long had ties to politics.
In 2016, the Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to support President Donald Trump in the election, and the Jides congregation voted for Trump in a recent election.
But the congregation has remained mostly white, and members have been struggling to reconcile the two worlds in which they live.
“I think it’s going to be difficult, but I don’t know if we can do it,” said Pastor Tim Jones, who has been the pastor of Jades for nearly 40 years.
He said that while some of his members would like to see the church move away from politics and towards gospel principles, the vast majority of his congregation still identifies as black and that he would like the church to stay a place of peace.
He was referring to the congregation’s decision to relocate its headquarters from New York to Jackson, Mississippi, where it has a large black population.
“This is where we need to go,” Jones said.
“We need to make it our mission to move forward, and we will be moving forward, we will build a place where we can all be welcomed and all be loved.”
His vision of the future of the Jales congregation is in stark contrast to the vision of President Donald Trumps administration, which has been increasingly anti-black.
Last week, Trump signed an executive order that seeks to remove the U.S. from the International Criminal Court and block the U,S.
military from accepting refugees from countries where there are documented instances of racism.
Jones said that his congregation has made the decision to stay focused on the church.
“The church is a very important place for us.
We have a lot of members who are members of our church,” he said.
But he said that he is worried about what his congregation might do if they are targeted by the state and threatened with violence.
“When you have that many people in your community, especially if you have a Black member, it becomes very hard to know how to deal with that.
And that is what this is about for us,” he added.
Jones told his congregation that his own family was among those who fled the Holocaust, and he hoped that the church would continue to help those in need.
But many of his congregations members have come to believe that the government has taken away their freedom.
“If you feel like the government is taking away your rights, I think we should leave the church,” Jones added.
“But we are in a state that is in the process of taking away our freedoms.
We are in the midst of a civil war.
It’s a civil rights issue, and this is why we need a church to come in.”
Pastor Tim Hughes, who is also a member of the congregation, echoed Jones’ concerns.
“There are a lot more of us here who feel that way than there were a year ago,” Hughes said.
Hughes, a former Navy SEAL and Marine who has worked in the church for more than 20 years, said that there are also members who do not feel that they can safely leave the congregation because they fear being targeted by local law enforcement.
“It’s going on all the time.
I think that’s really the way this country is,” Hughes added.
Hughes said that the Javes congregation has been on a downward spiral for some time.
He says that many members feel the church has become less inclusive and less welcoming.
“For me, I’m still here, I still belong,” Hughes told TIME.
“That’s not something I’m happy about.”
Jones says that he has had many conversations with his congregation members who have expressed concerns about their safety and security.
The pastor said that a large number of his parishioners have gone into hiding in recent months.
But that has not deterred Jones.
“My goal is to build a church where everybody can come together and be part of this journey,” Jones told TIME, adding that he hopes that the congregation can