As a blonde, white girl from Utah, I am your stereotypical Mormon. Sonja and Vernon Wilbert, however, are not.
I sat down with them to ask about the ups and downs of their experience in the Mormon church. I wanted to understand what it is like to be part of a church where you are in the minority. I wanted to know what motivates them to be part of a faith that culturally might not be a perfect fit.
Mostly, I interviewed them because I knew they wouldn’t sugar coat their story.
I have been asked many times, “Can you be black and be Mormon?” According to the Wilberts, the answer is a resounding YES. Whether you’re Mormon or not, it’s worth 15 minutes of your day to hear what they have to say.
Meet the Wilberts: Part 1 — The Wilberts discuss how they were introduced to the church and how it has affected their families.
Meet the Wilberts: Part 2 — The Wilberts talk about the struggles they have faced while being Mormon, and what makes it worth it to stay faithful.