The Meaning of White and Black Skin, According to Mormonism

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I’m in Utah right now until June 23rd. I stopped at a Deseret Book store the other day and purchased Doctrines of Salvation: Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith– the complete three-volume work, edited by Bruce R. McConkie.

In volume 1, chapter 4, “Our First and Second Estates,” we find Smith’s heading: “WHY MEN ARE BORN TO DIFFERENT RACES.” This former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote the following:

There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were give us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less.

Latter-day Saints, do you really believe this? The LDS Church in modern times would shy away from this, but these words come from one of your presidents. According to the Mormon god, those who were more obedient during the pre-existence were blessed with white skin, and those who were not as valiant were cursed with dark skin.

I went to the Harold B. Library yesterday to look up LeGrand Richard’s book, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder. In the chapter titled “Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon,” he defends 2 Nephi 5:21-23, which notes that God caused the Lamanites to be curse with a “skin of blackness.”

Describing how the (white skinned) Nephites were defeated by the (black skinned)  Lamanites, Richards writes,

Those who were thus cursed succeeded in destroying all the white people, save twenty-four souls, about A.D. 384. (p. 73)

God did not curse people with dark skin. The god of Mormonism does, but the one true God of the Bible does not. Latter-day Saints, I urge you to look deeper into your church history and doctrine, for it does not point to the true Jesus Christ. You can trust in the God of the Bible, and seek a relationship with Him, one that is built on grace through faith, not your works.

 

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