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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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Are interracial marriages still a grievous sin in the eyes of the Mormon god?

 Juvenile Instructor, Volume 3, Number 21, November 1, 1868, p. 165; “…we believe it to be a great sin in the eyes of our Heavenly Father for a white person to marry a black one. And further, that it is a proof of the mercy of God that no such race appear to be able to continue for many generations.” – George Q. Cannon, Editor

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1 John 2:9; “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

 Today in Mormon History; “125 years ago today -Tuesday, March 29th, 1892 — [Abraham H. Cannon] I asked Jos. F. Smith why it was that Ham’s son Canaan was cursed instead of Ham for exposing his Father’s person. He said that the Prophet Joseph is credited with saying that the sin of Ham consisted in trying to castrate his father, Noah, and kill his brothers, Shem and Japeth, so that he might become the head of the nations of the earth. Ham had married a daughter of Cain, and by him the curse was carried through the flood. The seed of this union is the Egyptians, who are not black, but after Ham’s curse, his seed was entirely black. Hence the difference between the races who now inhabit Africa. …”

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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”.

Racism in the Mormon Church 00  Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library; “– 105 years ago today – Mar 11, 1912 — [Thomas A. Clawson] “Our Bishops (Sic) Meeting was held at 9 P.M. and the matter of bro. Ridge having Negrow (Sic) bleed in him came up and bro Pennock was invited to tell us what he knew. He said that his wife’s sister who had married bro Ridge in England had told her that, he bro Ridge, said that his great grandmother on his Mothers (Sic) side was a negress. Of course this news came as a great blow and surprise to her and going to the Temple she had ask (Sic) Prest Anthon H. Lund if they would ever be able to go to the Temple and he answered “I am afraid not.” She then ask (Sic) him if she should leave her husband and he replied “I cannot advise you upon that subject.”” http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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