01. What is the current Mormon view on racism?

02. Were there black Mormons with the priesthood before 1978?

03. Did Mormons oppose slavery?

04. Is interracial marriage a sin?

05. Did Mormonism oppose the civil rights movement?

06. Can black people go to the celestial kingdom?

07. Why were black people born black?


What is the current Mormon view on racism?

In 2006, then Church president Gordon B. Hinckley declared that “no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church. Let us all recognize that each of us is a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven, who loves all of His children.”

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Were there black Mormons with the priesthood before 1978?

Yes. Prior to 1847 a handful of black Mormons were ordained to the priesthood. Shortly after Joseph’s death, the practice was banned and remained so until 1978.

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Did Mormons oppose slavery?

Some Mormon Prophets and members did, while others didn’t. Joseph Smith ran for president on an anti-slavery platform. Read his impassioned letter not just speaking out against slavery, but even calling on residents of slave states to demand its abolition.

Petition, also, ye goodly inhabitants of the slave States, your legislators to abolish slavery by the year 1850, or now, and save the abolitionist from reproach and ruin, infamy and shame.

On the other hand, Brigham Young and the all-Mormon Utah Territorial Legislature passed a law making slavery legal in Utah. The law also made it illegal for “any white person… guilty of sexual intercourse with any of the African race,” regardless of whether or not they were married.

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Is interracial marriage a sin?

“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.)

“And if any man mingle his seed with the seed of Cain the only way he could get rid of it or have Salvation would be to come forward and have his head cut off and spill his blood upon the ground- it would also take the life of his children.”

(Wilford Woodruff Journal)

“God has commanded Israel not to intermarry. To go against this commandment of God would be in sin. Those who willfully sin with their eyes open to this wrong will not be surprised to find that they will be separated from the presence of God in the world to come. This is spiritual death… To intermarry with a Negro is to forfeit a Nation of Priesthood holders… It reminds me of the scripture on marriage, ‘what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.’ Only here we have the reverse of the thing – what God hath separated, let not man bring together again.”

(Apostle Mark E. Peterson, Race Problems – As They Affect The Church, Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954)

Though marrying outside your race is no longer condemned, the Church still advises against it. See the following quote on lds.org in the current Aaronic Priesthood Manual:

“We recommend that people marry those who are of the same racial background generally, and of somewhat the same economic and social and educational background (some of those are not an absolute necessity, but preferred), and above all, the same religious background, without question” (“Marriage and Divorce,” in 1976 Devotional Speeches of the Year [Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1977], p. 144).

Though Church leaders were very clear about the evils of interracial marriage, even passing laws to prevent it, it is no longer against the rules. Even interracial temple marriages are now performed.

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Did Mormonism oppose the civil rights movement?

In 1954 the civil rights movement was just turning a corner from lobbying to civil disobedience. Many faithful saints supported giving African Americans equal rights. This did not go unnoticed by the Church and was addressed by Mark E. Petersen, an Apostle from 1944 until his death in 1984.

In Petersen’s talk he addresses the sin of interracial marriage due to the “restriction placed upon them,” referring to the fact that “No person having the least particle of Negro blood can hold the Priesthood.”

He then addresses the civil rights movement more directly saying “The discussion on civil rights, especially over the last 20 years, has drawn some very sharp lines. It has blinded the thinking of some of our own people, I believe. They have allowed their political affiliations to color their thinking to some extent, and then, of course, they have been persuaded by some of the arguments that have been put forth.We who teach in the Church certainly must have our feet on the ground and not to be led astray by the philosophies of men on this subject.”

He then goes on to show how God, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible support segregation. “Who placed the Negroes originally in darkest Africa? Was it some man, or was it God? And when He placed them there, He segregated them… I think the Lord segregated the Negro and who is man to change that segregation?”

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Can blacks go to the celestial kingdom?

If that Negro is faithful all his days, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there as a servant, but he will get celestial glory.”

(Apostle Mark E. Peterson, Race Problems – As They Affect The Church, Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954)

According to Apostle Mark E. Peterson, blacks could go to the Celestial Kingdom, but only as slaves. Most members believe this changed in 1978 when blacks were allowed to hold the priesthood.

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Why were blacks born black?

The Lord punished Cain and his seed for murdering his brother, Abel. According to Prophets and Apostles, blacks born prior to 1978 were born black because they were less valiant in the pre-existence.

“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.”

(Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith)

It cannot be looked upon as just that they should be deprived of the power of the Priesthood without it being a punishment for some act, or acts, performed before they were born.”
(Prophet Joseph Fielding SmithThe Way to Perfection, page 43)

 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.”

(Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, 1966)

I cannot conceive our Father consigning his children to a condition such as that of the negro race, if they had been valiant in the spirit world in that war in heaven.

(Apostle George F. Richards spoken in General Conference, 1939)

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33 Responses to "Black Mormons"

  1. PastMissionary Posted on June 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    These FAQs are ridiculous.

    Is interracial marriage a sin? Of course not. You devote the entire section to pre-1950 quotes, and a single sentence admitting that they are performed in the temple – clear evidence that it is no longer considered a sin.

    Can Blacks go to the celestial kingdom? Of course they can. You choose to only quote Mark Peterson, from 60 years ago, instead of explaining the doctrine as we understand today.

    Why were Blacks born black? We don’t know. Again, your only source is decades-old quotes, which McConkie even admitted he was mistaken when saying.

    Pro-church, pro-faith, pro-truth my foot. Nice try, guys. Not quite subtle enough.

    • WhiteAndDelightsome
      WhiteAndDelightsome Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      So, just because a doctrine is older than 60 years, that makes it false? Black skin is a curse. Deal with it. You are too prideful to accept the teachings of the prophets from Joseph Smith Jr, Brigham Young, all the way through David O. McKay. You need to get more in touch with the spirit.

      Why do you even trust the Bible then? It is thousands of years old.

      We DO know why black people are black. They were less valiant. That isn’t your fault, it isn’t mine. It’s their own fault. People took offense during the ’60s and ’70s that we taught it, so we hid it. But, the Bretheren never recanted.

    • Dudesabully
      Dudesabully Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      WhiteandDelightsome is full of it and full of himself.

      He is trolling: http://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/1gc9al/contributing_to_futuremissionariescom/

    • Victoria Huish
      Victoria Huish Posted on June 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      I agree with PastMissionary! can’t you make this more up to date and act a little more enthusiastic for the further light and knowledge and condemn these racial remarks of the past!

  2. NotBuyingIt Posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    From The Book of Mormon:

    “And 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, both Jew and Gentile” (2 Nephi 26:33)

    All are equal before our Heavenly Father. These badly-veiled lies you claim to be truth won’t get you very far.

    • WhiteAndDelightsome
      WhiteAndDelightsome Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Why would you call these lies? These are things that were actually said by prophets, seers, and revelators. You sustain them every six months. You swear to your bishop during every worthiness interview that you literally believe that the prophet is the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys, including revealing truths about the nature of the world and humans.
      Believing this is a requisite to being a full member.
      God cannot change the past. He cannot change what the less valiant spirits did in the pre-mortal existence. He can change the requirements to enter heaven, or change if we become gods, or if he will let us practice polygamy, but he can’t change the fact of what he has already done. He punished the less valiant spirits in the pre-mortal existence. This has been taught by prophets and apostles through revelations and prayerful scripture study.
      You should pray and ask Heavenly Father for your own personal revelation that black people were cursed with their skin for being sinful and lazy in the pre-mortal existence. When the Lord tells you that it is true, I hope you are humble enough to put aside your pride, be slow to take offense, and to accept the revealed word of God. Don’t take the easy way out.

  3. WhiteAndDelightsome Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    @NotBuyingIt

    Why would you call these lies? These are things that were actually said by prophets, seers, and revelators. You sustain them every six months. You swear to your bishop during every worthiness interview that you literally believe that the prophet is the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys, including revealing truths about the nature of the world and humans.

    Believing this is a requisite to being a full member.

    God cannot change the past. He cannot change what the less valiant spirits did in the pre-mortal existence. He can change the requirements to enter heaven, or change if we become gods, or if he will let us practice polygamy, but he can’t change the fact of what he has already done. He punished the less valiant spirits in the pre-mortal existence. This has been taught by prophets and apostles through revelations and prayerful scripture study.

    You should pray and ask Heavenly Father for your own personal revelation that black people were cursed with their skin for being sinful and lazy in the pre-mortal existence. When the Lord tells you that it is true, I hope you are humble enough to put aside your pride, be slow to take offense, and to accept the revealed word of God. Don’t take the easy way out.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on September 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Easy way out?!? Ridiculous.

      What do they say about interracial children then? They were only partially lazy and sinful?

  4. admin Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Guys. I don’t like to delete comments or ban anyone so please keep it civil… and not racist.

    @NotBuyingIt – You’re 100% correct in that interracial marriage is no longer a sin. As far as old quotes go, many of these things need historical reference even if they don’t still apply. I know a lot of people today have differing opinions, but on this site I always defer to prophets and apostles over members, even if the quotes are old. If you have updated quotes, please let me know and I’ll update the site.

  5. Lord Uther Posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Perhaps you could also include this quote by McConkie to balance out the argument…

    “There are statements in our literature by the early Brethren that we have interpreted to mean that the Negroes would not receive the priesthood in mortality. I have said the same things, and people write me letters and say, “You said such and such, and how is it now that we do such and such?” All I can say is that it is time disbelieving people repented and got in line and believed in a living, modern prophet. Forget everything that I have said, or what President Brigham Young or George Q. Cannon or whoever has said in days past that is contrary to the present revelation. We spoke with a limited understanding and without the light and knowledge that now has come into the world.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_R._McConkie

  6. Nicole Posted on June 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Who’s to say God didn’t “mark” Cain with white skin? It’s very conceited and historically inaccurate to assume Cain was white when the chances were better that he was already black or at least darker skinned.
    And about God suddenly accepting something He didnt before…God is unchanging! He is not human as we are, never was! Is it like God to accept sin? No! If He “accepts” it now, then it was never a sin. God does not change His mind.
    Preaching truth-take it or leave it. Dont take half, dont take the parts you like, take all or nothing.
    God bless.

    • jamie
      jamie Posted on June 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      If god is the same yesterday today and forever why does he keep changing his mind through his “prophets”

      No one can argue brigham young was off his rocker. Death on the spot for having sex with someone with darker sin. LOL. What a joke. Just like the blood atonemont justifying putting a javelin through the heart of a cheating wife or adam god theory or inhabitants on the moon quaker style looking. ha ha ha.
      The church lost all credibility with me once all this info came to light. I was a convert and gave two years of my life being gullible. I love the teaching of the church and practice them to this day with my family. But anyone who says the church is “true” is just as gullible as the next….

  7. ElderJ Posted on July 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve just updated the FAQ about interracial marriage to include info from the current Aaronic Priesthood manual saying that marrying outside your race is still discouraged.

    • Brendon Bowlds
      Brendon Bowlds Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Hello, I know I am late to the site. However, I have many issues. Number 1, I am from a methodist christian college, and from a family who was banned from the church as us biracials are, in their words, abominations of God. My fiancee, is from a Mormon family and is becoming actively mormon in the church. It is getting to the point it is becoming a possible deal breaker for me, considering Joeseph Smith, who was brought here to interpret the word, was against people like me even being born. I also have a hard time understanding how these issues are prioritized as who someone should marry. Now, I really love my fiancee, but I don’t know if I could be with someone of this religion as I am biracial.

    • Rich
      Rich Posted on June 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      ElderJ, just as an update, as of January 2013, the Aaronic Priesthood manual you quoted from is obsolete and the current manual is “Come, Follow Me: Learning Resources for Youth.” See: https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/train/faq?lang=eng

      Brendon, I don’t know where you were told that you were an abomination of God. I can assure you that you are not, and the LDS Church does not consider you or anyone as such. Read here for the church’s stance on Race and the Priesthood: https://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng .

      Being in an interracial marriage and LDS myself, I think I can speak to that. In 15 years of marriage I have never felt as if our marriage was considered sinful. And our 4 wonderful children have the same opportunities and privileges as any other children in the church. Church leaders in the past have cautioned against interracial marriage because marriage is difficult enough; why complicate with differing cultures and backgrounds and customs? Having experienced this firsthand, I can say there is merit to this caution. This site provides some valuable insight on that counsel and the context in which it was given: http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/response/qa/blacks_chosen.htm . Wishing the best to you and your fiance!

  8. docbob Posted on August 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    irst Presidency Letter to Dr. Lowry Nelson – July 17, 1947
    John J. Stewart and William E. Bennett, Mormonism and the Negro,” [Orem, Utah: Community Press, 1960], pp. 46-47
    Dear Brother Nelson:
    As you have been advised, your letter of June 16 was received in due course . . . We have carefully considered [its] content; and are glad to advise you as follows:
    We make this initial remark: the social side of the Restored Gospel is only an incident of it; it is not the end thereof.
    The basic element of your ideas and concepts seems to be that all God’s children stand in equal positions before Him in all things. Your knowledge of the Gospel will indicate to you that this is contrary to the very fundamentals of God’s dealings with Israel dating from the time of His promise to Abraham regarding Abraham’s seed and their position vis-a-vis God Himself. Indeed, some of God’s children were assinged to superior positions before the world was formed.
    We are aware that some Higher Critics do not accept this, but the Church does. Your position seems to lose sight of the revelations of the Lord touching the pre-existence of our spirits, the rebellion in heaven, and the doctrines that our birth into this life and the advantages under which we may be born, have a religionship in the life heretofore.
    From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith even until now, it is has been the doctrine of the Church, never questioned by any of the Church leaders, that the Negroes are not entitled to the full blessings of the Gospel.
    Furthermore, your ideas, as we understand them, appear to contemplate the intermarriage of the Negro and White races, a concept which has heretofore been most repugnant to most normal-minded people from the ancient partiarchs till now. God’s rule for Israel, His Chosen People, has been endogamous. Modern Israel has been similarly directed.
    We are not unmindful of the fact that there is a growing tendency, particularly among some educators, as it manifests itself in this are, toward the breaking down of race barriers in the matter of intermarriage between whites and blacks, but it does not have the sanction of the Church and is contrary to Church doctrine.
    Faithfully yours,
    [signed]
    George Albert Smith
    J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
    David O. McKay
    The First Presidency

  9. palerobber Posted on September 2, 2013 at 12:23 am

    regarding “less valiant in the pre-existence”, i believe the LDS Church has officially abandoned that teaching as of Feb 2012….

    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/racial-remarks-in-washington-post-article
    “Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine. The Church is not bound by speculation or opinions given with limited understanding.”

    i know you’d prefer to get quotes from Q15, but these days it seems Newsroom handles doctrinal questions.

  10. Truth Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    The church has always been (and always will be) run by men. Men who may or may not have had racial prejudice. The prophets were not and have never been perfect, but have been affected by the views of the world (as do all men). And as we all know, men are not perfect. Interracial marriage was never a sin but was a taboo of previous American society. Sin and taboo are two completely different concepts. Any interracial couples who have been married in the temple will have their marriage recognized by God. And I’m willing to bet in the case of interracial couples who were married by law, but not sealed on this earth, will have the opportunity in the next life to do so.

  11. Halfbreed Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Although all prophets, apostles, etc, do preach by revelation, they are also entitled to their own opinions concerning that which has not been revealed to them.

    During one particular general conference, Brigham Young spent the majority of the first portion speaking on what he thought needed to be changed. Upon returning for the last portion of general conference, he said, “Brothers and sisters, I have told you what President Young thinks. Now I will tell you what God thinks.”

    He spoke incorrectly regarding changes that he thought needed to be made, and the Lord made him go back, recant, and say something else.

    The point is that sometimes opinion is preached rather than doctrine. That is why we are supposed to ask God ourselves whether or not what we hear is correct. We don’t take a mortal man’s word for it. Instead, we verify it with the source.

  12. Randy B Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Please update this to reflect the essay on blacks and the priesthood from lds.org. This essay states unequivocally that all the prophets who discussed and made doctrine staying blacks were less valiant and couldn’t holds the priesthood were wrong and it was not doctrinal. So apparently prophets from Joseph Smith to 1978 preached false doctrine. Right?

  13. Confused Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I’m in an interracial relationship and I have been inactive for quite some time. I’m wanting to get back in church and would love for my fiance to go with me and learn more about the gospel, but I’m so confused as to the teachings of the church regarding interracial marriages. I’m afraid how we will be treated, etc…the Lord created us all and I can’t imagine Him not accepting and loving my fiance because of the color of his skin when He’s the one who created him!

    • TrueChristian
      TrueChristian Posted on June 3, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      There is nothing “Christian” about the LDS faith. Christians believe in the trinity. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as one. Not as separate entities. Christians also believe in the Almighty God as the only one and true God.

      Chritians do not add or take away anything from the Bible, which is scripturally ordered. However, LDS “refers” to the Bible when convenient but leans on the LDS publications,
      As far as stating that he LDS Book of Mormon is superior, give me a break. It contradicts the Bible and mocks the Truth.

      Mormonism is a cult. Loving Jesus and obtaining eternal life does not require rituals, man made rules, temple this and temple that.

      Any religion that puts a person or something equal to God, is a CULT. And the last time I chevked, Jesus was a Jew. Not sure where the “white guy” feels superior considering that if you believe ANYTHING about Jesus youd have to admit your white skin simply comes from the fact that demographically and geographically your “people” come from an area that has less sun and

    • Charles
      Charles Posted on February 27, 2017 at 6:20 am

      TrueChristian:
      All religions are cults. Some more than others. The Bible is fables and myths. Mormons, JW, SDA, Catholics, Presbyterians, evangelicals, orthodox… are all Christian. You don’t get to claim you are more Christian than anyone else. It’s as silly as arguing between Shiites & Sunnis.

      Of course what mormons believe is batshit crazy. So is what you believe.

  14. Anonymous Posted on June 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    As someone who grew up LDS and actually embraced it most of my life, I am sickened by the overt racism and disappointing comments made by leaders such as Brigham Young and Joseph Fielding Smith whom I once respected. The truth is we all came from a single female in South Africa 50,000 years ago, and so, therefore, we’re all “Negro.”

    We white folks got that way due to deficiencies in our diets that caused it to lighten in order to absorb more Vitamin D. How true can a church be with such backward leaders basically espousing what amounts to hate speech? Try to imagine yourself as an African American sitting in general conference in 1939 and having to listen to how some white guy can’t imagine being consigned to being a member of the Negro race since you weren’t valiant in the preexistence. What wrong with all you people who believe this is somehow true and correct?

    • Charles
      Charles Posted on February 27, 2017 at 6:26 am

      You are 100% correct.

      Study literally any subject that the mormon church has opined on, and you’ll find that they have no clue what they are talking about.

      The teachings have changed drastically. It barely resembles what it was in the beginning. The teachings on race is just one blatant example.

      You’d actually think that a prophet would have some foresight on something like civil rights. Instead, they were all completely backwards in their thinking.

  15. Anonymous Posted on February 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I can’t wait til the LDS church collapses I think that rolling Stone has finally stopped.

  16. Lastavius Posted on March 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    The above quotes more than anything prove that the book of Mormon is not the inspired word of God. It’s simply the result of it’s false and bigoted prophet…Joseph Smith. The bible spoke against intermarriage based on religious preferences and not skin color. They were not to intermarry among non-believers and thus dilute the faith with error. This was not based on race but the small and racist minds of Joseph Smith and his cohorts believed this and so its not surprising that it would reveal itself in the belief system that they established. God in the bible reveals himself by fighting against slavery and freeing the Hebrew people. Black people were not less ‘valiant’ spiritually. They are some of the most spiritual people I know. These statements by your church founders will forever serve as a legacy of shame and a stain on your church’s history. God in his mercy is letting you all know that this religion…though it may have many good and decent adherents…was founded upon lies by a charlatan. I’ am a Seventh-day Adventist because they keep the commandments of God (all of them and not just 9) and because its the closest to the religion I see described in the bible. Whenever man is involved without the spirit…you see something corrupt set up. It’s a sad thing that so many have been deceived by that criminal Joseph Smith who had a 13 year old wife and who also took wives (about 50) including some that did not belong to him that were married to other men. This whole religion that tries to tie itself to Christ is an affront to true biblical Christianity. It does not resemble it in the least. What a legacy of hate and look at how in modern times…it is attempting to remake itself and put a smiley face on it’s foolish and bigoted past.

  17. Liam Posted on May 3, 2016 at 12:44 am

    The LDS faith is every bit as “Christian” as any other mainstream christian denomination. Many of its teachings are very enlightened and project a tolerance and empathy superior to many christian faiths. Other teachings, while certainly peculiar, are innocuous insofar as giving offense is concerned.However, race – and more recently sexual orientation – have long been serious moral dilemmas for the church. Fortunately, the leadership has decisively repudiated the intolerant and sometimes outrageous vIews of the quoted officials as to race. And in all fairness, it must be noted that other churches have well documented histories of discrimination on the basis of race – particularly the Southern Baptists.

    What all this means is that no church is perfect, including the LDS. All are administered by fallable men who, though usually well intending, often make judgments which the lens of history reveals as erroneous and sometimes damaging. When viewed in this context it comes as no surprise that, like all other churches, some of the LDS positions and policies inevitably fall short and are corrected over time. It was exactly the same after the Exodus when, over the course of centuries, Jewish culture and policies – and even their religious ethos – were in a constant state of evolution. Over the millennia, this resulted in a vibrant and dynamic faith which a rigid and static ethos would never have produced

    So I believe it is no condemnation that we grapple with the past and present with difficulty. We should embrace the good in our church, enjoy the priceless gift of each other’s fellowship, and support our leaders for their wisdom and generosity.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on June 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      There is nothing “Christian” about the LDS faith. Christians believe in the trinity. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as one. Not as separate entities. Christians also believe in the Almighty God as the only one and true God.

      Chritians do not add or take away anything from the Bible, which is scripturally ordered. However, LDS “refers” to the Bible when convenient but leans on the LDS publications,
      As far as stating that he LDS Book of Mormon is superior, give me a break. It contradicts the Bible and

  18. SpringCityAce Posted on July 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    The LDS faith is all about Christianity in that it believes in all the fundamental Christian teachings, but goes further and explains how the universe and god structure is set up. This actually makes more sense to me than a single god alone in the universe. Joseph Smith did teach in one god above this earth, but expanded this by saying another god was above him, and another above him. This doesn’t discount biblical teachings in one god, or “no other god before me” in that as far as we are concerned, we have one god or one master whom we answer to or pray to. This is his world, and it is our duty and opportunity to serve him. Joseph taught that there are billions of other worlds just like us, with billions of other gods who rule over them. Each god works within the hierarchy structure of gods working together as one. Mormon doctrine teaches that god was once a man, and that we, through faithfulness, hard work and perfecting ourselves, may become as god is. It just makes sense to me.

    As far as interracial marriages. I believe in the teachings of early leaders in that the black race were lessor spirits who had not qualified for the priest hood because of what they did or didn’t do in the preexistence. This does not mean they are not children of god and cannot progress in this world and earn a greater existence in the next life. But that they are limited and are not worthy of the priesthood. We serve a just and fair god, and blessings cannot be given to any man unless it is earned. Sadly the church promotes interracial marriages, unknowing that their throwing away their birthright and that of their children. Half Breed children are in the same boat. Brigham Young said if you have one drop of Negro blood, you cannot hold the priesthood. Early Mormon teachings stress the importance of not mixing the races because god has promised the priesthood lineage through Israel. Apparently bloodlines and heritage are very important to god. In today’s world, this sounds harsh, politically incorrect, unpopular and racist, but its the truth and if your counted among the so called lessor spirits, just remember, god still loves you.

  19. Dennis Posted on August 18, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I prayed to JSJ and he came to me and said he was high on the herb when he wrote the book. Make love not war.

  20. Anonymous Posted on November 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    It is a shame that I have to come onto this website because I am in constant fear of my racial background in relation to the LDS church. All I’ve ever wanted was to be apart if the LDS church but feel like I’m looked down upon because of my skin color. Smh

  21. OLDER WOMEN DATING YOUNGER MEN Posted on February 9, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Very helpful and Great information,
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