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Conference Report, October 1960, Afternoon Meeting 34 “At last the Indians are suitable. … 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. In this picture of the twenty Lamanite missionaries, fifteen of the twenty were as light as AngIos; five were darker but equally delightsome. The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.” – Spencer W. Kimball (more…)

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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…”

Today we’re looking at two events I pray will collide and in doing so, change what we know as Mormonism. Let me explain…

Last week the LDS Church announced they’re making plans to work with the NAACP . You could’ve knocked me over with a feather when I read that one! They have big plans to help achieve education and job goals as they work alongside their new found friends. For more info, see LDS Church and NAACP announce plans for education and employment initiatives.

The second event was also launched last week, this time by my good friends, Lee and Kathy Baker. They’ve set up a campaign for people to sign their petition, Remove the Racist Statements from the Book of Mormon. (more…)

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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”.

Doctrine and Covenants Official Declaration—2; “…As we have witnessed the expansion of the work of the Lord over the earth, we have been grateful that people of many nations have responded to the message of the restored gospel, and have joined the Church in ever-increasing numbers. This, in turn, has inspired us with a desire to extend to every worthy member of the Church all of the privileges and blessings which the gospel affords.” (more…)

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2 Nephi 5:21-23; “And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. 22 And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities. 23 And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done.”

3 Nephi 2:14-15; “And those Lamanites who had united with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites; And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites…”

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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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