Are Mormons Racist?

Q: How bout that Brigham Young? He was quite a character. Ever read his stuff? Its a good read if you are into racism and polygamy.

A: Yes, Brigham Young did say a lot of interesting things, although much of what he said is often taken out of context (not just the context of his own remarks but also out of the context of his time), his opinions are often taken as church doctrine, and sometimes people attribute things to him that it’s doubtful he ever said In the LDS Church we don’t see our leaders as infallible, we see them as human beings who made mistakes just as everyone but Christ has made mistakes, but nevertheless were called by God to do certain things.

Regarding blacks in the LDS Church, I don’t have a quick answer for this topic although there’s a good talk here by a black member of our church on the subject – http://www.fairlds.org/FAIR_Conferences/2002_Dispelling_the_Black_Myth.html.

I also looked up the book Mormonism and the Negro (which I had never heard of before) and it appears to have been written in the 60’s by a member of the church in the who was putting forth his own opinions. I don’t know of any doctrinal basis for what he was saying nor have I ever heard anything like that taught in the LDS Church.

What I do know is that in 1978 when blacks were granted the same privileges as every other race in the LDS Church some authorities in the church repudiated statements they had made in the past with regards to blacks and admitted they were wrong. It would appear that many members of the church, including some high-up leaders, in the absence of any concrete answer for why blacks weren’t allowed to hold the priesthood in our church, publicly speculated upon the reasons why, which led to some of the statements enemies of the LDS Church commonly latch onto.

The way I look at it is to say sure, some things said by church leaders were racist in any reasonably sense of the word. In 1978 God spoke to the prophet and in effect said “Blacks are just like anybody else and should have all the same privileges in the church,” and that’s it. I think the reaction of the vast majority of members of our church in 1978 was one of joy and relief.

Are there some members who still don’t get it? I’m sure there are, although I’ve never met any. I’ve been in this church for 33 years and have attended it in California, Utah, Brazil, and many other parts of the United States. During that time I’ve never encountered anything the least bit racist in any member of the church nor have I ever heard anything taught by the church that is anything but completely against racism. My brother who is a Mormon is married to a girl of another race. I have a nephew who is black and was adopted by Mormon parents. If there’s racism in the church today it only exists in a member here and there who is probably old and mentally stuck in 1965.

Q: Seems like some prewssure from the NAACP may have prompted that “revelation from God” about the Blacks

Albert B. Fritz, NAACP branch president, said at a civil rights meeting Friday night that his organization promised not to picket the 133rd Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church on Temple Square. He added, however, that the NAACP will picket Temple Square, next Saturday if the Church does not present an ‘acceptable’ statement on civil rights before that day.” Deseret News, Oct. 5, 1963.

A: I don’t think the church cared very much what the NAACP thought. After all, we’re talking about people who were forced to flee the United States to preserve their lives because the governor of Missouri had created a law that said it was not a crime for people to kill Mormons. After being killed and driven from one home to another until they finally had to come out to the empty wilderness of Utah do you think they’d change church policy because of being picketed?

The truth is that the leaders of the church had been praying and asking God for quite some time about the ban on blacks holding the priesthood and the answer they kept getting was “not yet”. Removing the ban wasn’t something that was done begrudgingly, it was something most leaders and members of the church were anxiously waiting and praying for, but it wasn’t something the leaders of the church were willing to change without getting the go-ahead from God himself.

Comments

  1. Read some of Brigham Young, John Taylor, or Joseph Fielding Smith's ideas about blacks. It is disgusting to see how racist they are. You can claim it's out of context, but you can't deny what they have said. How can a leader of god be so ignorant and hateful towards a group. All three as well as many other church leaders have said that Blacks will never get the priesthood until after the second coming.

    • How about some quotes and references to back up your claims?

  2. Hey Joshua.

    I’ll try a few and maybe you can show me just how these are taken out of context. I might mention the preface to the Journal of Discourses states:" In most cases it appears that the speakers depended almost entirely upon inspiration from the Holy Ghost, and the subjects discussed were intended for the greatest benefit of the Saints.”

    Skeptic

    Brigham Young

    Journal of Discourses January 2, 1870 Vol. 13 pg. 95

    “I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture.”

    Mormon Church and Racism

    Brigham Young Death on the Spot for Interracial marriage

    Brigham Young March 8, 1863 JofD 10:110

    “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? It 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 December 3, 1854

    JofD 2:142-143

    “You may hand out to them gold, you may feed and clothe them, but it is impossible to convert the Jews, until the Lord, God Almighty does it.”

    “When all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood, and of coming into the kingdom of God, and of being redeemed from the four quarters of the earth, and have received their resurrection from the dead, then it will he time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity.”

    October 9, 1859, Brigham Young: "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race — that they should be the 'servant of servants;' and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree" (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290).

    Brigham Young Blacks from the seed of Cain

    Journal of Discourses

    Volume 11:269

    “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. He has placed life and death before his children, and it is for them to choose. If they choose life, they receive the blessings of life; if they chose death, they must abide the penalty.”

    “And after the flood we are told that the curse that had been

    pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham's wife, as he had married a

    wife of that seed. And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was

    necessary that THE DEVIL SHOULD HAVE A REPRESENTATION UPON THE EARTH as well

    as God…." LDS "Prophet" John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 22, p.

    304, 1881, emphasis added.

    Note: Taylor claimed that blacks were Satan's representatives on Earth.

    Also I’m curious of your term anti-Mormon

    1. Does the term imply that a disagreement or criticism of Mormonism stems from an unfounded “anti-Mormon prejudice?

    2. Does the term stem from legitimate factual information examining Mormonism?

    3. Does the term apply to anyone who dares question the only True Church guided by a prophet of God?

    As a suggestion, try replacing "anti-Mormon" with "pro-honesty and pro-objectivity" when you consider your terms.

  3. I'll have to defer my responses to your quotes to another time, because I need to go to bed at the moment and get some sleep, but in response to my use of the term anti-Mormon, I coincidentally created a new post on this just a few days ago, see My definition of "Anti-Mormon".

    But to also answer your questions specifically:

    1. No.
    2. No.
    3. No.

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  4. From Steve Benson's blog, Grandson of Erza Taft Benson…

    Introduction

    The purpose of the following examination is to document and report the private and public views of my grandfather, Ezra Taft Benson, on what he derisively described as the “so-called civil rights movement,” the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other related racial issues

    Based on the information from a variety of sources (including many of my own personal encounters with him), it is conclusive that:

    –Ezra Taft Benson was a racist, as amply demonstrated by his own words, actions, beliefs and associations

    –Typical of many White racists, Ezra Taft Benson was condescendingly tolerant of Blacks—as long as they “knew their place” and behaved as he insisted they should.

    –By contrast, Ezra Taft Benson was viciously accusatory and patronizingly dismissive toward Blacks when they engaged in activities that he viewed as politically in opposition to his (and, by extension, God’s) interests and purposes. He frequently portrayed Blacks as a threat to the American Way of Life—at least as he defined it
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    Making the Case: An Overview of Ezra Taft Benson’s Racist Views

    As proof of the assertion that my grandfather was, indeed, a racial bigot, the evidence will be examined from the following perspectives:

    –His public pronouncements on the U.S. civil rights movement

    –His public pronouncements on the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    –His personal correspondence expressing his anti-King views

    –The personal correspondence from anti-King and anti-civil rights Mormons to Ezra Taft Benson, evidencing their own racial bias, as well as their confidence that in my grandfather they had found a kindred spirit

    –Personal correspondence to me from racist Mormons, indicating their support for Ezra Taft Benson’s anti-Black, anti-civil rights views

    –Personal correspondence from LDS Church members to Mormon Church leadership during Ezra Taft Benson’s term as Church president, regarding efforts to pass an official Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday—and the Church’s official response.

    –Public associations by Ezra Taft Benson with known segregationists and racists

    –Political alliances by Ezra Taft Benson with overtly racist politicians—notably, Strom Thurmond and George Wallace

    –Correspondence from the First Presidency to Ezra Taft Benson, directing him to segregate White and Black Mormon women in Relief Societies within Washington, D.C. stake when he was serving as the area’s stake president

    –Personal notes and documents from the private files of Ezra Taft Benson, indicating his racist views

    –Personal conversations between myself and Ezra Taft Benson on racial matters

    –A White supremacist book from the personal library of Ezra Taft Benson
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    Ezra Taft Benson’s Public Statements on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

    My grandfather regarded the U.S. civil rights movement as part of a Communist plot to destroy America.

    Through far right-wing publishing houses and book chains owned by the Mormon Church, he warned that the aim of the U.S. civil rights movement was to “create the animosity, fear and hatred between large segments of our people that would be necessary beginning ingredients for their revolution.”

    He warned that civil rights grievances by African-Americans were being exploited by the Communists “to agitate blacks into hating whites and whites into hating blacks.”

    He declared that the U.S. movement for equal civil rights was fueled by “false stories and rumors about injustices and brutality” which, he said, served to “[c]reate martyrs for both sides” while playing “upon mass emotions until they smolder with resentment and hatred.”

    My grandfather saw the U.S. civil rights movement, in larger conspiratorial context, as a leading element in a vast, ominous and active Communist plot designed to “overthrow established government” through “widespread anarchy,” the sparking of “a nation-wide civil war” and the assassination of “anti-Communist leaders of both races.”

    He warned Americans: “It is happening here! . . . THE COMMUNIST PROGRAM FOR REVOLUTION IN AMERICAN HAS BEEN IN PROGRESS FOR MANY YEARS AND IS FAR ADVANCED.”

    This Moscow-orchestrated plan, he declared from his General Conference pulpit, was being implemented on American soil “[u]sing unidentified Communist agents and non-Communist sympathizers in key positions in government, in communications media and in mass organizations such as labor unions and civil rights groups [which] demand more and more government power as the solution to all civil rights problems. Total government is the objective of Communism. Without calling it by name, [they] build Communism piece by piece through mass pressures for Presidential decrees, court orders and legislation which appear to be aimed at improving civil rights and other social reforms.”

    Ezra Taft Benson saw the American South as the initial battleground in Communist efforts to establish a foothold before spreading northward. These attempts, he warned, were designed for "splitting away the ‘Black Belt,’ those Southern states in which the Negro held a majority, and calling them a Negro Soviet Republic.” He warned Americans to be on guard for African-Americans who had “migrated to the Northern states,” where they had likewise “applied this same strategy to the so-called ‘ghetto’ areas in the North.”

    He reassured White patriots, however, that even “[i]f Communism comes to America . . . the Negro represents only 10 percent of the population. In any all-out race war which might be triggered, there isn’t a chance in the world that Communist-led Negro guerilla units could permanently hold on to the power centers of government, even if they could capture them in the first place.”

    Despite his assurances of security in White numbers, Ezra Taft Benson nonetheless reminded Americans that Blacks might still well attempt a Communist overthrow of the United States:

    “It now seems probable that the Communists are determined to use force and violence to its fullest, coupled with a weakening of the economy and military setbacks abroad, in an effort to create as much havoc as possible to weaken American internally, and to create the kind of psychological desperation in the minds of all citizens that will lead them to accept blindly government measures which actually help the Communists in their take-over.”

    In a throwback to the inquisitional days of McCarthyism, Ezra Taft Benson urged that “duly authorized legislative investigating committees launch an even more exhaustive study and expose the secret Communists who are directing the Civil Rights movement,” insisting that “[t]he same needs to be done with militant anti-Negro groups” which, he claimed, were being fit “perfectly into the Communist plan” to “intensify inter-racial friction.”

    In fighting insidious Communist encroachment on America, my grandfather urged that Americans remain ever-vigilant against enslavement by Big Government. He urged that “our local police . . . not be encumbered by Civilian Review Boards, or asked to be social workers.” He warned the police “not to accept grants from the Federal Government,” warning his fellow citizens that if they did, it could well “lead to the eventual creation of a national police force” that would be used by the Communists “to hold the people in line.”

    (Ezra Taft Benson, “Civil Rights: Tool of Communist Deception,” adaptation from address of same title, delivered at General Conference, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 29 September 1967, reprinted by National Research Group, American Fork, Utah, , pp. 1-4; see also, “Civil Rights: Tool of Communist Deception,” reprint of same “address by The Honorable Ezra Taft Benson” [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1968, emphasis in original)
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    Ezra Taft Benson’s Public Statements on the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    My grandfather considered the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to have been a disreputable individual, a dishonorable and dishonest man and a Communist.

    Of him, he wrote:

    “The man who is generally recognized as the leader of the so-called civil rights movement today in America is a man who has lectured at a Communists training school, who has solicited funds through Communist sources, who hired a Communist as a top-level aide, who has affiliated with Communist fronts, who is often praised in the Communist press and who unquestionably parallels the Communist line. This same man advocates the breaking of the law and has been described by J. Edgar Hoover as ‘the most notorious liar in the country.’ . . .

    ”Would anyone deny that the President [Lyndon Johnson], the chief law enforcer in the United States, belies his position by playing gracious host to the late Martin L. King who has preached disobedience to laws which in his opinion are unjust?”

    (Ezra Taft Benson, “It Can Happen Here,” in An Enemy Hath Done This, Jerreld L. Newquist, comp. [Salt Lake City, Utah: Parliament Publishers, 1969], pp. 103, 310)

    Reacting to President Johnson’s declaration of a national day of mourning two days after the murder of Rev. King, Ezra Taft Benson had nothing but opprobrium for the slain civil rights leader.

    In a letter to Mormon hotelier J. Willard Marriott, he claimed that “Martin Luther King had been affiliated with at least the following officially recognized Communist fronts,” three of which he then went on to list.

    In the same letter, he coldly warned Marriott that “the Communists will use Mr. King’s death for as much yardage as possible.”

    A year later, in another letter to Marriott, my grandfather continued his attack on the dead Black minister, writing that “the kindest thing that could be said about Martin Luther King is that he was an effective Communist tool. Personally, I think he was more than that.”

    (D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power [Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books, 1997], pp. 100, 113, 463, 471)

    My grandfather also was convinced that Dr. King’s assassination was carried out by Communists themselves, in an effort to trigger civil war in America.

    In his book, An Enemy Hath Done This, he quoted from an article by Susan L. M. Huck, originally published in the John Birch magazine, American Opinion:

    “Okay, let’s take the gloves off. This insurrection didn’t just happen. It was a set-up—just as the assassination of Martin Luther King was a set-up. The Communists and their Black Power fanatics have been working to create just such a situation for years. They even TOLD us what they were planning to do, again and again, as they did it. . . .

    “And remember, the Reds and their Black Power troops have promised us that this is only the beginning! Stokely has said that his forces plan to burn down America.

    “They’re sure going to try.

    “How do you stop it? It’s very simple. You stop Communist racial agitation; you arrest the leaders for conspiracy to commit murder, arson and burglary, prove their guilt in a court of law and lock them up. And you free the hands of our police so that the can PREVENT rioting and looting and arson by those citizens now convinced by the actions of our ‘Liberals’ that theft, incendiarism and assault will be tolerated.

    “Don’t kid yourself. The people who are behind all of this mean to have a civil war. We either stop them now or they will escalate this thing.”

    (quoted in Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 335, original emphasis)

    My grandfather’s hatred of Dr. King had its effects. The reaction of my own parents to the murder of Dr. King reflected by grandfather’s attitudes.

    Dr. King was assassinated on 4 April 1968, which happened to be my sister’s birthday. I remember that day, most notably by the fact that no mourning went on in our home over his death.

    Earlier in the evening, I had seen on our television news broadcasts of race riots erupting in major cities across the country in response Dr. King’s murder. I remember the columns of black smoke rising from inner cities set aflame by Blacks outraged at the brutal murder of their hero—and of their hope.

    But in the Benson home that night, we had more important things to do—like watching my sister blow out the candles on her cake, singing her “Happy Birthday” and passing out presents.

    Years later, when the state of Arizona was embroiled in its own controversy over enacting a publicly-funded state holiday honoring the legacy of Dr. King (a holiday which had earlier been rescinded by Mormon governor Evan Mecham), I was reminded again of my grandfather’s disdain for the slain civil rights leader.

    At that time, I was actively involved in supporting the re-establishment of a state holiday in honor of Dr. King. Together with my wife Mary Ann and our children, we marched in peaceful, pro-King demonstrations in Phoenix and Mesa (the latter being a hotbed of noisy anti-King sentiment largely fueled by Mormon political extremists). We joined thousands of others in multi-ethnic crowds, waving American flags, carrying pictures of Rev. King, chanting slogans in unison with megaphone-toting parade leaders and singing “We Shall Overcome.”

    One particular year–on the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday–after having spent the morning participating in another public demonstration in behalf of a state holiday in his honor, I received a phone call from my mother.

    She asked me how I had spent my day. I informed her that I had taken our youngest daughter, Audrey, down to a King Day rally earlier in the morning, where I had hoisted her on my shoulders and joined with the throngs in petitioning for, and celebrating in behalf of, the re-establishment of an official King Day.

    My mother replied, “Stephen, your grandfather would not have approved of that.”

    Of course, he would not have.

    That was one of the main reasons for doing it.

    In the wake of the King-bashing legacy left behind by my grandfather, I felt my parents could benefit from some consciousness raising on matters of civil rights.

    So, for my father’s birthday, I gave him a small music box that featured a likeness of Rev. King and played “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

    My father politely thanked me and placed it on the desk in his home office.

    When visiting my parents’ home sometime later, I noticed that the music box was nowhere to be seen. I asked my father what had happened to it.

    In a curiously-worded response, he said, “My wife cleans up my office and puts things away so that the grandchildren won’t break them.”

    I did not find that explanation particularly persuasive, given that my dad’s office happened to be cluttered with all kinds of figurines and other fragile decorative objects (including a large porcelain American eagle which I had also given him).

    As far as I could tell, the only item missing from his office was a little music box paying homage to a certain prominent African-American civil rights and religious leader.
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    Correspondence from Mormons to Ezra Taft Benson Concerning Rev. King—and the Mormon Church’s Official Response

    By their racism, ye shall know them.

    My grandfather’s hate-filled utterances directed at Rev. King brought like-minded rank-and-file LDS bigots out of the woodwork, rallying to his anti-Communist/anti-civil rights cause. http://www.exmormon.org/mormon/mormon409.htm

  5. While this diatribe about Ezra Taft Benson is certainly not good, it is important to remember that nobody is perfect, including the prophets. If you read the Bible, there are multiple examples of bigotry. Abraham would not allow Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, nor would Isaac allow Jacob to marry a Canaanite. Bigotry is a sin that some people have to overcome, even prophets. We all have our weaknesses.

    As far as his statement about the civil rights movement stirring up anger between the races, he was right and it still happens today. Some of that anger may have been necessary to bring more equality, but there are some on both sides who are still angry. Believe me, I'm in an interracial marriage and I've seen the bigotry on both sides. My FIL's girlfriend even went so far as to tell me that I should "stick to my own kind." This happens more than we would like to admit. There are whites that feel we have gone too far in giving blacks too many privileges, and blacks that feel we haven't gone far enough yet. That anger is still there and thriving.

    The fact is that there are always going to be racists in the world, and even in any church. Just because a church is true, that doesn't mean that everyone in it is going to be perfect, and that includes the leaders. If you really want to know if a church is true, read the doctrine (scriptures) and that will tell you whether the church is true, because people are fallable, and are going to mess up from time to time. However, their mistakes don't mean that what they are studying is not true. I have learned a lot since I have learned to allow the prophets to be men. They are men of God, but they are still men and may misinterpret the word here and there, but in the long run, it will always be corrected when the world is ready to hear it.

  6. Joshua you said "The truth is that the leaders of the church had been praying and asking God for quite some time about the ban on blacks holding the priesthood and the answer they kept getting was 'not yet'." This implies it was doctrine, and it couldn't be changed…"not yet."

    But before that you said God revealed “Blacks are just like anybody else and should have all the same privileges in the church”

    Why would your god first say they cannot have the priesthood "yet," then say they are equal and can have it? Why the change, and why not until 1978 if your god says they have always been equal? Why did he say "not until 1978?"

    If it was NOT a matter of doctrine, but just opinion as you stated, WHY WAS A REVELATION FROM GOD NEEDED TO CHANGE IT? Couldn't the church before 1978 have just said it was only "opinion" and "folklore" and change it themselves??

    Since your prophets were wrong about this matter, as you admitted, how do you know they have not been wrong on other matters? They led LDS members for OVER 100 YEARS with this false doctrine or opinion or whatever you want to call it! Over 100 years this racist attitude was preached and propagated through the LDS church…how could your god allow that to happen in HIS ONE TRUE CHURCH? How about all those who died believing what BY and others taught as truth?

    Wake up and open your eyes, to something! Anything! There is so much that has to be explained away Joshua…polygamy and lying about polygamy, racism, blood atonement, occult practices, deceitfulness about church history, the misleading "opinions" taught that led people astray…just to name a few. If there was just one or two little blips in the story I could see you still believing in it…but with ALL of the problems collectively it takes a mountain of not only faith, but blind allegiance to back up the LDS corporation.

    "I paid tithing and all I got was a $5 billion mall." -funny t-shirt I saw

  7. I want to emphasize again that your statement saying your prophets were praying about blacks being given the priesthood but received the answer "not yet" implies it WAS doctrine. Then later receiving the answer to the same prayers: "sure blacks are like everyone else let them have it" shows your prophets do not always receive their answers from the same "gods," or they are liars, or they have a changing god.

    As to Elaine's comments about Isaac and Jacob, they were told not to intermarry because the Canaanites worshiped other gods and would lead them astray from worshiping the one true God. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. Your argument fails. It is not the same thing. God said only the Israelites could carry His priesthood and no one else to keep it preserved…not "EVERYONE can hold my priesthood except for black people" like the Mormons. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

    You are in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God. -Jesus

    Stop using the Holy Bible to try and justify your church's racism, polygamy, and every other evil practice your false prophets have instituted. You don't even know if it's been translated correctly so I have no clue why you use it anyway. Use your own books to justify your actions and stop twisting the mighty Word of God!

  8. FYI, if we are to go back and search for every possibly offensive statement made by every religious leader ever, we are going to have to spend several lifetimes. Leah, we hold the Bible to be the word of God. You do not own the exclusive right to read His word, nor to learn from what it contains. Odds are, you are a Protestant or belong to a sect that stems from the same break with Catholicism. If so, your claim to exclusive domain on Biblical interpretation has no basis; Martin Luther never started a church because he knew he had no authority to do so. All he did was voice his opinions.

    Now, reading the Bible we find a great many imperfect people, some with rather odd understandings of key gospel principles, being used as prophets. Balaam thought it was fine to take money to prophesy against the Lord's people. Jonah though it was possible to run away from God and hide. Jacob got into trouble thinking he was with some random harlot. Moses had committed homicide. Yet God saw the good in each of these men and found a use for them. Even after the chosen people (Israel) had made mistake after mistake, God kept trying to reach them.

    • This is what the Bible says about the Black race, Numbers:12

      2 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

      2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

      3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

      4 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

      5 And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

      6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

      7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

      8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

      9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.

      10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

      • Seems that the Lord turned Sinners white and leprous

        • Blacks
          Ridiculed again by the Mormon Church

          By Lee B. Baker,
          Former Mormon High Priest and Bishop

          18 November 2013

          ____________________________________________________________________________

          For several years now, every Tuesday
          evening I have had the great privilege of hosting “Teaching The Truth”, an LDS
          focused broadcast to the Christian and Mormon listeners of Worship FM 101.7 in
          Monrovia, the capital City of Liberia, West Africa.

          I have come to know several of the
          station managers and a number of the more frequent callers to this weekly
          program. Through their comments,
          questions and photographs, I have been genuinely moved to see the application
          of their unyielding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

          Over the past few months the question of
          racist teachings in the Book of Mormon and from the past Leadership of the
          Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been on the minds of the Black
          Liberian converts to Mormonism and the many African Christians who struggle to understand
          how such a Church can be growing in Africa.

          I believe the answer is relatively
          simple; it has been the perfect merging of a sincere lack of knowledge on the
          part of the Black Mormon Converts and a disturbing lack of accountability on
          the part of the White Mormon Leaders. A
          near total lack of knowledge across Africa specific to the more explicitly
          racist teachings found within the current Mormon Scriptures, principally
          that of Black Skin[1] and even less information
          concerning the racism and bigotry openly and officially taught by the early
          Leadership of the Mormon Church. These facts, combined with the current Church
          Leadership’s inability to clearly and specifically reject its own racist
          teachings both in print and from its past Senior Leadership (liberally using the terms Nigger, Darky, Sambo and Skin of Blackness[2]), has left the
          Black Race with only a short irresponsible and offensively juvenile Official
          Statement[3]
          that claims the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knows very little
          about its own race-based policy, which lasted for well over 100 years:

          “It is not
          known precisely why, how or when this restriction began in the Church, but it
          has ended.” – Official Mormon
          Press Release concerning Race and the Church

          Maintaining a detailed and comprehensive
          history of every aspect and teaching of the Church has been both one of the
          hallmarks and one of the downfalls of Mormon Church. Within the relatively young Church,
          authoritative documentation, however corrupt it may have been, has never been
          in short supply. Each of the Senior
          Leaders of the Mormon Church has had several official biographers as well as an
          army of Church approved historians to record all aspects of the History of the
          Church. In fact, one of my first of many
          “Callings” in the Mormon Church was that of a Ward (Congregational) Historian,
          long before I became a Mormon High Priest and Bishop.

          The peculiar assertion that the Mormon
          Church itself does not know the details of its very own race-based
          policy of restricting the Blacks from holding the Priesthood is tremendously
          embarrassing for all Mormons and exceptionally degrading for anyone who
          actually believes it.

          As a former local leader of the Mormon
          Church, I have repeatedly assured the African members of the Mormon Church that
          the documents and “Scriptures” I have read to them over the air are both Authorized and
          Official for the time period
          they are relevant to. I clearly state
          the current position of total acceptance of all Races by the Church, but I must
          highlight the fact that the Book of Mormon still carries it’s obviously racist
          message that dark skin was a curse from God. I have said many times on-air that like the
          Mormon Missionaries, I too believe that every African should have a copy of the
          Book of Mormon, if only to learn the truly racist teaching of the Mormons,
          directly from the Book of Mormon.

          I have and will continue to teach the
          African Nations from the authentic Mormon Scriptures and the official Church History
          documents, which I had been provided by the Mormon Church to execute my responsibilities
          as a Mormon Bishop. The Official Records of the Mormon Church include many
          jokes and sermons given within the Official Semi-Annual General Conference of
          the Mormons, using freely the terms Nigger, Darky and Sambo. Additionally, these LDS Church documents
          record nearly 100 graphic sermons and lessons that clearly teach the principle,
          practice and policy that Black Skin was, is and will remain
          forever the Curse of Cain.

          Only in the recent past has the
          “Complete History” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints come to
          the attention of its own membership, much less to the under developed regions
          of the world. As this information is
          discovered, an ever increasing number of members of the Mormon Church have come
          into a personal crisis of faith, most notably Elder Hans Mattsson[4] of
          Sweden, a General Authority of the Mormon Church who has gone public with his
          doubts and questions concerning the appalling treatment of the Black Race by
          the Mormon Church.

          Not unique to Africa, has been the
          Mormon Church’s training of young Missionaries to strictly avoid any discussion
          of several of the more embarrassing, yet true, teachings of the 183 year old
          Church. Among the prohibited subjects to
          discuss have been, becoming a God, the practice of Polygamy and religious
          racial restrictions on the Black Race.

          With the smooth talent of a skilled
          politician, the Mormon Church has ended its Official Racial Restrictions with
          the following hypocritical and deceitful, but technically accurate Statement:

          “The origins
          of priesthood availability are not entirely clear. Some explanations with respect to this matter
          were made in the absence of direct revelation and references to these
          explanations are sometimes cited in publications. These previous personal statements do not
          represent Church doctrine.”

          As a former Mormon Bishop and member of
          the Mormon Church for over 32 years, let me be of some help with the
          translation of this very carefully crafted, yet deceitful message. The two key and
          noteworthy phrases are: “in the absence
          of direct revelation” and “These
          previous personal statements do not represent Church doctrine.”

          I will address the most obvious first, clearly
          the “previous statements” from the
          Church and its Leadership “do not”
          represent the Church doctrine today.
          The policy was reversed in 1978 and there is no question as to
          the current policy of today. The hypocritical deception is that between 1830
          and 1978 those “statements” did, very
          much “DID” not “DO” represent past Official and Legitimate Mormon Church
          doctrine. Yet, I do give full credit to
          the clever Mormon authors and editors of today for their most skillful use of
          the English language.

          And finally, the most revealing and
          enlightening statement from the Mormon Church is: “in the absence of direct revelation”. So then, it is incredibly true and accurate
          that without any mockery or sarcasm to state that; The Church of Jesus Christ
          of Latter-day Saints had for nearly 140 years, restricted a significant portion
          of the human race, millions and millions from what they teach is God’s intended blessings of Eternal Marriage,
          Salvation and even Godhood, without knowing why they did it, all without “direct
          revelation”?

          This Official Statement of religious
          shame and embarrassment comes from the Headquarters of a Church that claims to be guided in all things
          by “direct revelation”. How then, did such an exclusive doctrine
          based on prejudice, bigotry and racism become so widely accepted, so
          authoritative, so convincing and so commanding for so long, without any “direct
          revelation”?

          As a former Bishop of the Church of
          Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I give solemn testimony that what they have
          declared is true, in that, they were and are now racist and do not hide the
          History of the Mormon Church from its members or the public, this, their
          Official Statement on Race and their Official “Scriptures[5]” clearly
          demonstrates that fact.

          I believe that the truly wicked
          teachings as well as the repulsive history of the Mormon Church concerning
          Polygamy, Polyandry-(sharing wives among the men), Blood Atonement, as well as restricting
          the Blacks from the Mormon Priesthood is available for those who have eyes to
          see and ears to hear.

          It is my prayer that all Mormons and
          non-Mormons alike will come to know the true history of The Church of Jesus
          Christ of Latter-day Saints. I wish that
          every adult around the world could find the time to read the calculated racism
          and bigotry found within the Book of Mormon5.
          My hope is that all mankind could
          discover the contemporary Mormon Teachings, to see the deception they hold, and
          then… to read the True Word of God and follow the True Jesus Christ found only
          in the Bible.

          Sincerely,

          Lee B. Baker

          Former Mormon High Priest and Bishop

          [1]
          1 Nephi 11:13, 1 Nephi 12:23,
          1 Nephi 13:15, 2 Nephi 5:21, 2 Nephi 30:6, Jacob 3:5,
          Jacob 3:8-9, Alma 3:6, Alma 3:9, Alma 3:14,
          Alma 23:18, 3 Nephi 2:14-16, 3 Nephi 19:25, 30, Mormon 5:15, Moses 7:8, Moses 7:12,
          Moses 7:22, Abraham 1:21, Abraham 1:27

          [2]
          A full and
          complete list is available upon request from the author – Lee B. Baker former
          Mormon Bishop, contact: leebbaker@hotmail.com

          [3]
          http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/race-church

          [4]
          http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/07/20/us/100000002347278/a-mormon-doubts.html

          [5]1 Nephi 11:13, 1 Nephi 12:23,
          1 Nephi 13:15, 2 Nephi 5:21, 2 Nephi 30:6, Jacob 3:5,
          Jacob 3:8-9, Alma 3:6, Alma 3:9, Alma 3:14,
          Alma 23:18, 3 Nephi 2:14-16, 3 Nephi 19:25, 30, Mormon 5:15, Moses 7:8, Moses 7:12,
          Moses 7:22, Abraham 1:21, Abraham 1:27

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