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We know the Book of Mormon is true
BECAUSE IT TELLS US SO! Q.E.D.
|BYU Professor Bott|
(1831 - 1844) JOSEPH SMITH Discoverer of the Golden plates, first Prophet
and Inventor of Mormonism:
"Had I anything to do with the negro , I would confine them by strictlaw to their own species and put them on a national equalization.''
(1848 - 1877) BRIGHAM YOUNG 2nd Prophet and President
"...this people that are commonly called negroes are the children of old Cain. I know they are..." (Speech by Utah Gov. Brigham Young in Joint Session of the Legislature, 1852)
The longtime university
religion professor Randy
Bott at LDS Church -
owned BYU argued that
Blacks were not ready for
the priesthood —
“like a young child
prematurely asking for
the keys to her father’s
Bott says that this ban —
"was the greatest blessing The Almighty could give them" at the time.~ BYU religion professor
Randy Bott, Feb 2012
Professor Bott pointed to
Mormon scriptures that
indicate descendants of
the biblical Cain who killed
his brother Abel and was
“cursed” by God —
were turned black and
subsequently barred from
He also noted that past
LDS primates suggested
that blacks were less
valiant in the sphere
known in Mormon theology
as the “premortal existence.”
(1877 - 1887) JOHN TAYLOR 3rd Prophet and President
"...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 a upon a the earth as well as God;.. "
(1901 - 1918) JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH 10th Prophet and President
"I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Negro. "Darkies" are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church."
The Book of Mormon (BOM) was not TRANSLATED CORRECTLY at first. Thousands of corrections were substituted and added later, inspired by revelation. For example, initially the BOM's "... a white and delightsome [race of people]" had been translated incorrectly by the prophet Joseph Smith; it should have read "... light and delightsome". Such replacements arealways made without calling attention to the changes. An rare exception was, when in 1976, the LDS prophet widely publicized that it's now OK to be a descendent of the Biblical Cain -- the Black race.
Joseph Smith, translating
-- correctly --
the Book of Mormon
First photograph of J. SmithPermission required. (FLDS church)
BRUCE R. McCONKIE of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles
MARK E. PETERSON of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles
"At least in the cases of the Lamanites and the negroes we have the definite word of the Lord Himself that He placed a dark skin upon them as a curse - as a punishment and as a sign to all others.
ORSON PRATT of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles
"The Lord has not kept them in store for five or six thousand years past, and kept them waiting for their bodies all this time to send them among the Hottentots, the African Negroes, the idolatrous Hindoos, or any other of the fallen nations of the earth
SPENCER W. KIMBALL:
"Lamanites" is the Book of Mormon term for Native Americans. The quote below is from a Mormon General Conference talk given by Spencer W. Kimball in 1960. Spencer W. Kimball became the president of the Mormon Church in 1975.
"The day of the Lamanites in nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. [...] The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.
At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter were present, the little member girl- sixteen- sitting between the darker father and mother, and it was evident she was several shades lighter than her parents- on the same reservation, in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather. There was the doctor in a Utah city who for two years had had an Indian boy in his home who stated that he was some shades lighter than the younger brother just coming into the program from the reservation. These young members of the Church are changing towhiteness and to delightsomeness. One white elder jokingly said that he and his companion were donating blood regularly to the hospital in the hope that the process might be accelerated."