By Marvin W. Cowan
Mormonism teaches that having their priesthood and going through temple rites are requirements for individual salvation in the highest level of the Celestial kingdom after death. But Mormon women have never been allowed to have the LDS priesthood, so they depend upon their husbands for the blessings that come through the priesthood. That is one reason “eternal marriage” in an LDS temple is so important to LDS women. As the 21st century began some LDS women have demonstrated and pleaded with LDS officials to give the priesthood to them, but that has not happened yet. Before 1978, black men of African descent were also excluded from the LDS priesthood and entering an LDS temple, so they and their wives and families were also excluded from the “blessings” offered to all other Mormons in this life and the next. That changed for black men in 1978 when LDS Prophet, Spencer W. Kimball said he had a “revelation” now known as Official Declaration—2 which is the last item in the Doctrine and Covenants. That “revelation” gave “all worthy men” the right to have the LDS priesthood.
Mormon scripture says, “The seed of Cain were black” (Pearl of Great Price, Moses 7:22). It also says that Noah cursed him (Ham) as pertaining to the Priesthood” (P. of G. P. Abraham 1:26). LDS Apostle, Bruce R. McConkie explained, “Noah’s son, Ham, married Egyptus, a descendent of Cain, thus preserving the Negro lineage through the flood” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966 ed. p. 527). LDS Prophet, Brigham Young also said, “Cain slew his brother…and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin…How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, pp. 290-291). Young also said, “When all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood…and have received their resurrection from the dead, THEN it will be time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 143). Brigham Young taught false doctrine if LDS Prophet Spencer W. Kimball’s 1978 “revelation” came from God since all of Adam’s other children have NOT received LDS Priesthood nor have they been resurrected. But if Brigham Young taught the truth, Kimball was a false prophet!
McConkie also said, “Cain was cursed with a dark skin; he became the father of the Negroes, and those (pre-mortal) spirits who are not worthy to receive the priesthood are born (on earth) through his lineage” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966 ed., p. 109). For 148 years, from 1830 until 1978, Mormonism taught that black people of African descent were cursed and could not have the LDS priesthood and the mark of that curse was their black skin. Why were black people of that lineage cursed before 1978 while those living after 1978 are not cursed? And why did Kimball’s 1978 “revelation” remove the curse (of not having the priesthood), but leave the mark of the curse on them (black skin)? The Bible does NOT say that the mark God put on Cain was black skin, nor does it say that having black skin is a curse. The Bible does not say what kind of mark God put on Cain, nor does it say that black people of Africa are descendants of Cain. The mark God put on Cain could have been white skin, a red nose, or big ears for all we know!
Mormonism has been preoccupied with the color of peoples’ skin. Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young said at the 1857 Semi-annual LDS Conference, “You can see men and women who are sixty or seventy years of age looking young and handsome; but let them apostatize and they will become grey-haired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 332). Thousands of former Mormons have apostatized, but not one has become black as a result of it! But they do become grey-haired and wrinkled just like active Mormons when they grow old! The Book of Mormon claims to be a scriptural history of the ancestors of Native Americans (American Indians) like the Bible is of Hebrews. In it “Nephites” are white because they are righteous. But when they are evil, they are cursed with a “skin of blackness” and called “Lamanites” (II Nephi 5:21-24). If evil Lamanites become righteous, their skin turns white in less than a year (III Nephi 2:11-16), so change in skin color works both ways. Changes in skin color happen many times in the B. of M. which also says in Mormon 9:19 that God doesn’t change; if He did miracles in the past, He will do them today. If the B. of M. is true, American Indians who join the LDS Church and live its teachings should become white. I have seen hundreds of LDS American Indians, but not one was white! I have also asked LDS authorities to introduce me to even one Native American whose skin became white when he joined the LDS Church. But no one has done that. Why?
The Apostle Peter thought God favored Israel over any other nation until God gave him a vision that opened his eyes. Then he said, “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that fears Him, and works righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:34-35). And Paul said God “has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). Paul also said to the believers in Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). The message of the Bible is not about the color of man’s skin, but about salvation from his sin. Paul wrote in Rom. 3:23, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” And I John 1:7 says when we believe or trust in Christ “the blood of Jesus Christ, His (God’s) Son, cleanses us from all sin.” That is far more important than the color of our skin!