The second development, partly related to the first, was a fuller unfolding of the doctrine relating to premortal existence, . But he can have blue eyes, white skin and blond curly hair and have an African Negro in his ancestry and find himself rejected by the Mormons as an applicant for priesthood. The doctrine of marriage for time and eternity is for others, not for them. A devout Mormon never really leaves his religious shell as he goes about his life in the secular world.
If a white person marries a black, it requires "death on the spot." But, "in spite" of all they "did in the pre-existence," they can be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. But the evening got ruined when my curiosity again started wandering away. For this reason, Mormon missionaries have never tried very hard to make converts in black Africa. Fascinated by the dramatic life of the Mormon prophet, Anie Dick Obot of Uyo decided to form a branch of the church in Nigeria, and wrote for more information to Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City. One problem now is that in the absence of supervision from Utah the Nigerian Mormons practice polygamy—forbidden in the U. church since 1890—and the converts already seem to have established their own black hierarchy, priests and all ( for June 7, 1963, Wallace Turner stated that the LDS Church leaders were seriously considering the consequences of making a change: SALT LAKE CITY, June 3—The top leadership of the Mormon church is seriously considering the abandonment of its historic policy of discrimination against Negroes. "Believing as we do in divine revelation through the President of the church, we all await his decision," Mr. 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. Brown stated in the LDS Church Conference: We believe that all men are the children of the same God and that it is a moral evil for any person or group of persons to deny any human being the right to gainful employment, to full educational opportunity, and to every privilege of citizenship (as quoted in reported: LOGAN, UTAH—Former agriculture secretary Ezra Taft Benson charged Friday night that the civil right's movement in the South had been "fomented almost entirely by the Communists." Elder Benson, a member of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a speech at a public meeting here that the whole civil rights movement was "phony." . In a 1966 thesis for the University of Utah, David L. Oliver, a black attorney in Utah, stated: By reason of their numerical strength the Mormons elect most of the public officials, through the entire state, and here is where conflict begins. Just a few weeks after this statement was issued, Joseph Fielding Smith, the son of Joseph F. The blacks were on the court for only a few minutes, however, when police and security officers ushered them away . Coach Stan Watts was deeply disturbed by the trouble his team encountered.
After all the rest of God's children have had an opportunity to receive the priesthood "then it will be time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity." : The Mormons are vigorous proselyters, maintaining missions all over the world, except in the Negro nations in Africa. Yet Mormons also believe that Negroes may be admitted to the priesthood in heaven. Mormon leaders sent back books explaining their laws and doctrines, and in 1959 dispatched to Africa Elder Lamar Williams, who was much impressed by the Nigerian's zeal and orthodoxy. 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 (, Oct. Brewer made this comment: As events in the modern world have brought greater awareness of the disprivilege often associated with non-Caucasian status, the Utah situation has become significant for two reasons: (1) Before 1964, the year this study began, Utah was the only "Northern" state without civil rights legislation. In most instances these elected public officials, conscious of the spirit concealed behind the walls of the Temple, adhere strictly to the doctrines of their church in the performance of their public duty and thereby refuse to employ or appoint any Negroes in any position of authority or trust. Smith and later church president, told magazine, "‘Darkies' are wonderful people and they have their place in our church." The next year he stated that "the Lord" established priesthood denial. Coupled with national pressure came growing dissent from within the church. Hack Miller reported: Anyone who thinks that BYU players, being protested against, have no feelings in the fuss are a bit tilted in their thinking, Watts contends. "One wonders, as we walked into the place, if the building would burn down, or be dynamited." Of course there is concern—on both sides ( carried these statements: TUCSON, ARIZ. ( SEATTLE (AP) — A garbage-throwing demonstration by about 20 blacks, protesting what one of them said was "racism" practiced by Brigham Young University, delayed the start of the gymnastics meet between Washington and BYU here Saturday afternoon. After tipping over chalk trays, throwing chairs onto the mat and throwing a pail of water into Hughs' face, the demonstrators departed ( for February 4, 1970, carried this article: LARAMIE, WYO. A spokesman for the BSA said: "This rally is necessary in view of the reaffirmation of the racist policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." On February 6, 1970, the reported that at Fort Collins, Colorado, the BYU team met with a violent demonstration: FORT COLLINS, COLO. The protest of BYU by the blacks was expected to be peaceful, but it quickly turned into something much more as black students scuffled with Colorado State University police before the game began and after it was over.
By the early twentieth century, these new doctrinal developments were available to provide confirmation, retroactive though it might have been, for the accumulated precedents that had denied black church members access to priesthood and temple rites after 1852. Grant as church president in 1918, no Mormon leader was still living who could remember when teachings and policies toward blacks had been otherwise. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel. Moreover, they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning. In the spirit of sympathy, mercy and faith, we will also hope that blessings may eventually be given to our negro brethren, for they are our brethren—children of God—notwithstanding their black covering emblematical of eternal darkness (, by Joseph Fielding Smith, Genealogical Society of Utah, 1935, pp.101-102). Mc Conkie, son-in-law of President Joseph Fielding Smith, wrote: Those who were less valiant in pre-existence and who thereby had certain spiritual restrictions imposed upon them during mortality are known to us as the Negroes.
Finally, in an important 1931 book, , the scholarly young apostle Joseph Fielding Smith . A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures.
Twentieth Century Attitudes While Elijah Abel, along with at least one other black, had been ordained to the priesthood during Joseph Smith's life, Brigham Young took a different stand. by 1908, as president of the church, [Joseph F.] Smith was now claiming that Abel's ordination (and presumably that of any other black) had been "declared null and void by the Prophet himself" . The first development was the formal canonization of the , . To hold any church office, a Mormon must be a member of the priesthood. When one hears the Tabernacle Choir, one forgets that no Negro could ever hope to achieve a place in that group.
He instituted a very strict rule that no blacks were to be ordained or given temple ordinances. There is an even deeper disability for Negro Mormons. When one listens to the gentle voice and kindly expressions of David O.True, this is all done in a cloak of Christian piety and concern for the brotherhood of man. Jesus told his disciples to go "into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark ).Seldom is there any surface cruelty (, by Wallace Turner, Houghton Mifflin, 1966, pp.218-219, 243-245). Berrett, Vice Administrator of the Brigham Young University, explained: "..direct efforts have been made to proselyte among them" (, by John J. Jesus also said "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew ).As a result of my belief, when my wife and I went to San Francisco Ward's bishop to renew our temple recommends, he told us that anyone who could not accept the Church's stand on Negroes as divine doctrine was not supporting the General Authorities and could not go to the temple.Later, in an interview with the stake president we were told the same thing: if you express doubts about the divinity of this "doctrine" you cannot go to the temple (: The tragedy of this denial of the LDS priesthood is not that it is unfair to the handful of Negroes actually in the LDS Church. People who have been taught since childhood that Negroes are "cursed by God" and therefore cannot hold the priesthood, probably find it perfectly natural to conclude that Negroes must be inferior—why else would God curse them? "It is our article of faith that the Negro was cursed by God and this makes him unworthy to hold the office of a priest or elder in our Church." UNGODLY RACE SUPERIORITY I can't tell you here now how long we talked. In the end he lent me one of the most important books of their religion— [by John J. I did not eat or sleep until I finished reading the book. When he asked me what I thought of the book I told him it was fatuous. I do not believe in a God whose adherents preach the superiority of one race over the other. The BIG Question is: why should the Mormons leave proselytizing among the Negroes in America and decided to go to Nigeria? The Negro is barred from the priesthood purely on racial grounds. The Mormons consider that male membership in the priesthood is a requisite for higher place in the Celestial Paradise. Priesthood membership is a requisite for an office in management of the church's temporal affairs. As we will understand in the unraveling of the theology, the Mormon discrimination against the Negro is the ultimate that can be had on racial grounds . A gray-haired Negro Mormon who may have spent his adult life in the careful practice of all the complicated and demanding rules set down by the LDS church stands disenfranchised before the altar where a youth whose beard is just beginning to fuzz may preside. Nor can they have their children and their wives "sealed" to them for eternity . This means that the LDS church actually is one of the most influential organs of racial bigotry in the United States.