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‘Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.’ Proverbs 4:24

The Way to Perfection, pp. 101-102; “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.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, 1949
Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol. 4, p. 169; “The Latter-day Saints, so commonly called ‘Mormons,’ have no animosity towards the Negro. Neither have they described him as belonging to an ‘inferior race.’” – Joseph Fielding Smith, 1963

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The Church’s recent announcement raised more than a few eyebrows for those in the know about all things Mormon.

There were a handful of issues people brought up, and having reporters on the scene gave the impression their new prophet, Russell M. Nelson, would acquiesce, and answer their concerns. Alas, true to Mormon style that assumption proved wrong. The fallout didn’t take long to kick in from around the media tables.

While there were many legitimate issues people wanted addressed, we’re only looking at a couple of things, with an emphasis on their chronically terminal racist problem they instigate, and turn a blind eye to.

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That Ye May Not Be Deceived, pp. 9-10, 13; “…Also, the gospel was not carried to this segregated black group… the Negroes tread the earth with black dishonorable bodies as a judgment of God because at the time of decision in the pre-existence they were faint-hearted and exhibited an infirmity of purpose – they were not valiant in the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, they were entitled to no better earthly lineage than that of the first early murderer, Cain. They were to be the ‘servant of servants.’ They were to be segregated. No effort was made to carry the gospel to them as a people. …

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no call to carry the Gospel to the Negro, and it does not do so.” – Elder Arthur M. Richardson, 1955

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Acts 17:26; “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”

About a month after I was born, LDS apostle Delbert Stapley, wrote a letter to then Michigan Governor, George W. Romney. The letter was written to remind Romney of the Church’s views regarding all non-white people. You can read the letter in its entirety at Archives.com, or on our site at Racist Remarks by Leaders of the Church.

As you’ll see, Mr. Stapley’s candor was quite shocking, as he didn’t mince any words about personal feelings, and reminded Romney of how Joe Smith didn’t think too highly of blacks either. Smith telling Congress they should round up all ‘negroes’ and ‘send them back from whence they came’, is totally outrageous, uncalled for, and unacceptable.

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Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation”.

Take the Gospel to All Men and Nations

Doctrine and Covenants 42:58; “And I give unto you a commandment that then ye shall teach them unto all men; for they shall be taught unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people.” – Revelation given to Joseph Smith, at Kirtland, Ohio, February 9 and 23, 1831.

Freeing Slaves Endangers Female Chastity 

Messenger and Advocate, Vol. 2, No. 7, pp 289, 300, April 1836; “I  am aware, that many who profess to preach the gospel, complain against their brethren of the same faith, who reside in the south, and are ready to withdraw the hand of fellowship because they will not renounce the principle of slavery and raise their voice against every thing of the kind. This must be a tender point, and one which should call forth the candid reflection of all men, and especially before they advance in an opposition calculated to lay waste the fair States of the South, and set loose, upon the world a community of people who might peradventure, overrun our country and violate the most sacred principles of human society, – chastity and virtue.” – Joseph Smith

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David O. McKay

“Although, I do not care much for a negro, still I have a warm spot in my heart for those beautiful singers.”

“There is not now, and there never has been a doctrine in this church that the negroes are under a divine curse. There is no doctrine in the church of any kind pertaining to the negro. We believe that we have a scriptural precedent for withholding the priesthood from the negro. It is a practice, not a doctrine, and the practice someday will be changed. And that’s all there is to it.” – Sterling M. McMurrin affidavit, March 6, 1979. See David O. McKay and The Rise of Modern Mormonism by Greg Prince and William Robert Wright.

See also NY Times Report on January 18, 1970.

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 Today in Mormon History; “105 years ago – May 1, 1912: [First Presidency]
Dear Brother: Your correspondence with Brother J. Wesley Harmon, a colored member of the Church was duly received … he does not seem to fully comprehend, and which could not be properly taken up without some care and consideration for him and the race to which he belongs. He makes a fundamental error in conceiving the idea that because it is stated in scripture that ‘God is no respector of persons,’ the Almighty must of necessity grant to every person living the same rights, powers, authorities and keys of ministration and dominion….[Source: First Presidency, Letter to Ben E. Rich, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]”

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