On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Mormon church wishes to remind you that they’ve been racism-free for 31 years.

Mormon Racism

Isn’t “new revelation” about doctrine just grand? It’s like silly putty: so pliable in the hands of the “prophets” that they can overturn years of racist LDS traditions and teachings (including the prohibition against blacks in the priesthood) with one simple claim: God has changed His mind.

And since this “new revelation” in June of 1978, the LDS spin doctors have worked tirelessly to cover up the racist teachings of their prophets, even going so far as to change the Book of Mormon–the very book they claim not only contains the fullness of the gospel, but is the most correct book on earth (minus those 3,913 changes and corrections made to it of course).

So on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us embark on a leisurely stroll down the halls of Mormonism’s history to see what this organization’s stance on race was until the summer of 1978.

And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them [Lamanites]; wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ . . . . and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people. - Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 30:5-6, (Changed in 1981 to read “pure and delightsome“)

And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations. - Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 12:23

And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites; And their young men and their daughters became exceedingly fair . . . - Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 2:15-16

For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. - Pearl of Great Price, Moses 7:8

The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. . . . The children [Indian children in the LDS] home placement program in Utah are often shades lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservations . . . . These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness. One white elder jokingly said that he and his companion were donating blood regularly to the hospital in the hope that the process might be accelerated. - Spencer Kimball, Improvement Era, Pags 922-923, December 1960

Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. - Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, Page 110, 1863

You can see men and women who are sixty or seventy years of age looking young and handsome; but let them apostatize, and they will become grayhaired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil. - Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 5, Page 332, 1857

Why are so many of the inhabitants of the earth cursed with a sin of blackness? It comes in consequence of their fathers rejecting the power of the Holy Priesthood, and the law of God. They will go down to death. And when all the rest of the children have received their blessings in the Holy Priesthood, then that curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will then come up and possess the priesthood, and receive all the blessings which we now are entitled to. The volition of the creature is free; this is a law of their existence, and the Lord cannot violate his own law; were he to do that, he would cease to be God. - Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 11, Page 272, 1866

Suppose we summons them to appear here, and here declare that it is right to mingle our seed, with the black race of Cain, that they shall come in with us and be pertakers [sic] with us of all the blessings God has given to us. On that very day, and hour we should do so, the priesthood is taken from this Church and kingdom and God leaves us to our fate. The moment we consent to mingle with the seed of Cain and Church must go to desstruction [sic], — we should receive the curse which has been placed upon the seed of Cain . . . . Therefore I will not consent for one moment to have an african [sic] dictate me or any Bren. with regard to Church or State Government. . . . If the Affricans [sic] cannot bear rule in the Church of God, what business have they to bear rule in the State Government affairs of this Territory or any others? - Brigham Young Address, Ms d 1234, Box 48, Folder 3, LDS Church Historical Department, February 05, 1852

Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fulness [sic] of the blessings of the Gospel. These are the descendants of Cain. Moreover, they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning. – Joseph Fielding Smith, Way to Perfection, Page 101

It was well understood by the early elders of the Church that the mark which was placed on Cain and which his posterity inherited was the black skin. The Book of Moses informs us that Cain and his descendants were black. - Joseph Fielding Smith, Way to Perfection, Page 107

There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less. - Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrine and Covenants, Volume 1, Page 61

The negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned . . . but this inequality is not of man’s origin. It is the Lord’s doing, is based on his eternal laws of justice, and grows out of the lack of spiritual valiance of those concerned in their first estate. - Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, Pages 527-528, 1966 Edition

“I don’t know, I don’t know, I can only say that.”

The late Mormon prophet, seer, and revelator, Gordon B. Hinckley



17 thoughts on “On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Mormon church wishes to remind you that they’ve been racism-free for 31 years.

  1. “Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fulness [sic] of the blessings of the Gospel. These are the descendants of Cain. Moreover, they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning. – Joseph Fielding Smith, Way to Perfection, Page 101″

    I am a little confused…..
    wouldn’t Cains’ lineage have been whiped out during the flood?

  2. The point about Cain’s family being wiped out in the flood is something I’ve made to Mormons before. I can’t remember now what responses I got, but I do remember they were always convoluted.

  3. Jeff H says:

    Mizraim,

    There are no inspired sources (ie the Bible) that trace the lineage of the wives of Noah’s sons.

    Your statement is invalid. Sorry.

    - Jeff H

  4. John Edwards,

    By his own testimony, Glenn Beck accepted Mormonism because of an emotional response he had. And this is THE basis for every Mormon decision, from deciding what hath God said in every circumstance. And this is why they are so easily led astray.

  5. Adam F says:

    I think someone is conveniently forgetting that God does change his mind and commandments in the scriptures, based on circumstances. Acts 10 is an example:

    13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
    14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

    The whole Law of the Gospel -> Law of Moses -> Law of the Gospel comes to mind, too.

    Why do you think we have the Holy Ghost to guide us? If nothing changed, we would not need any new scriptures except from Adam. God knows things change and a living prophet has always been needed and God has provided one, except when the people rejected them. Why do you think God has called prophets throughout the history of the world? Why do you think each prophet had the same, yet unique message?
    If God’s message were for God, He wouldn’t need to change it. But God’s message is for man, and man’s world changes all the time, and hence God customizes it for man.

  6. Adam,
    Typical of LDS teaching, you twist the Scripture. Acts 10 does not say what you imply. There was no changing of God’s mind or commandments. The dietary laws established in the O.T. were for a temporary purpose as part of the whole ceremonial system pointing to Christ. As Paul said, these were a shadow of things to come. Christ perfectly fulfilled and replaced the ceremonial law, and in Mark 7:17-23 Christ even declared all foods to be clean. This was what was being pointed out to Peter in Acts – that all foods were now clean, but more than that, it was being taught to Peter in the vision as an analogy so he would understand he needed to also reach the Gentles. God didn’t change his mind – what was previously unclean ceremonially, he now declared clean because of Christ.

    The Jews considered the OT canon closed before Christ was born, before the Christian church was formed. In line with that teaching, and also that Joseph Smith was only restoring the Christian Church, there would be no need to add to the closed canon of the Jew. The church did not have a compiled New Testament at the beginning, and therefore much of the original church was taught by the apostles and prophets of the day. Once the writings were collected, the church had all that God needed to give them. The teachings in the Bible are applicable in all times and in all cultures, so there is nothing needed to add.

    And, if God decided to add to what he already told us in the Bible, then he certainly wouldn’t contradict what he already said and so make himself out to be a liar, yet that is just what the Book of Mormon, D&C and POGP do – they contradict the Bible in many, many places. The LDS prophets have never had the same message as the prophets of the Bible.

    Man’s world does not change, it just gets more populated with more technology. But people are the same as they have always been.

  7. Adam F says:

    Sounds like you’ve closed the N.T. canon just like the Jews closed the O.T. canon. Christ was not only fulfilling the law but was also restoring/cleansing what the Jews had corrupted, which is why there was need for more writings. Same is true today. God has never said he would stop talking to his children. Not sure why you would not want to listen when he does.

  8. Adam F – actually, God told us He finished “publishing”:

    “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”

    Anyone who wants to know the will of God – the biblical God – need ask for wisdom and read His revealed and written and preserved Word. All modern “words from God” are the product of man’s imagination or the doctrines of demons.

  9. Adam,
    Manfred hit it right on the head. The problem with LDS prophets, is that they always contradict what God has already told us, as well as contradicting each other.

    Can you explain to me what “need” the BOM fulfilled? Very much of it is nothing more than plagiarized KJV, which is very problematic having 1611 English – including errors and translator additions – coming out word-for-word in the BOM supposedly translated from “reformed Egyptian.” Perhaps you’d like to take a look at my site at my recent postings questioning various things in the BOM?

  10. Adam F says:

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    Exactly! Christ called apostles and prophets to receive revelation and document it after He ascended. (Which is what they did and you are now quoting it.) He did not forbid revelation and writings after he ascended.

  11. Adam,
    Um, the citation from Hebrews which Manfred posted was written long after Christ ascended. The writings in the N.T. were by the Apostles or, as in Luke’s case, by those who were with the Apostles. These men had first-hand teaching from Christ, and nothing they ever wrote ever contradicted what God already told us about Himself. You cannot say the same for the LDS prophets and writings.

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