In the last two newsletters we looked at the ‘History’ and the ‘Doctrine’ of the Mormon prejudicial teaching concerning Africans. In this newsletter we will look at the ‘Contradictions” when the Mormon Church changed that doctrine and then next newsletter we will cover the denial by the Mormon Church concerning this doctrine.
Again, let me say right up front there are parts of this information that are quite inflammatory, and downright derogatory towards anyone who is not white. I will use the term “negro,” often during this newsletter. I’m not using it to offend anyone, it is simply the term used in the majority of the quotes, as it was the vernacular of the day.
Please don’t get mad at the messenger, me. I will simply do what we always do, in all facets of this ministry: Accurately and truthfully document all that we present.
In the last two newsletters we laid out quotes showing the history and the doctrine behind the Mormon teaching that those of African decent are an inferior race, cursed with a black skin because of their actions in a previous life, were not entitled to the rights and blessings of Mormonism, and that this restriction would remain until this earth was long over. Contradicting their doctrine and numerous ‘Prophets and Apostles’, whom Mormons belief to be ‘oracles’ of God, the Mormon Church reversed “God’s Law” and the restriction was removed in 1978.
THE DOCTRINE IS CHANGED
On June 8, 1978, the First Presidency of the Mormon Church issued a letter allowing blacks full eligibility to all benefits of Mormonism, which up until that time were withheld. Let’s look at that letter:
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.
Aware of the promises made by the prophets and presidents of the Church who have preceded us that at some time, in God's eternal plan, all of our brethren who are worthy may receive the priesthood, and witnessing the faithfulness of those from whom the priesthood has been withheld, we have pleaded long and earnestly in behalf of these, our faithful brethren, spending many hours in the Upper Room of the Temple supplicating the Lord for divine guidance.
He has heard our prayers, and by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised day has come when every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color. Priesthood leaders are instructed to follow the policy of carefully interviewing all candidates for ordination to either the Aaronic or the Melchizedek Priesthood to insure that they meet the established standards for worthiness.
We declare with soberness that the Lord has now made known his will for the blessing of all his children throughout the earth who will hearken to the voice of his authorized servants, and prepare themselves to receive every blessing of the gospel.”
The First Presidency
(Sunstone July 78, pg 12)
This was the official notification of the “Revelation” which changed the Mormon Church’s 140 plus year anti-black doctrine. You’ll notice that this letter states that a revelation was received changing the anti-black position of the Mormon Church in reference to blacks holding the priesthood and taking part in the Mormon Temple ceremonies to become Gods in the next world. It’s now 25 years later and a “Revelation” has never been produced. This is amazingly similar to the “Revelation” that stopped polygamy. The last two revelations that the Mormon Church received have been because of controversial doctrinal practices: Polygamy and Prejudice. In both cases the Mormon Church was under heavy pressure to cease these practices – and along comes a revelation; it should be noted, these revelations are like no others.
THUS SAITH THE LORD – NOT!
The Mormon Church Canon contains four books of scripture. One of those is named “The Doctrine and Covenants.” This book contains the revelations given to Joseph Smith, the founding Prophet of Mormonism, and is revered by Mormons as scripture. In these ‘revelations’ from God given to Joseph Smith, God spoke directly to Joseph as evidenced by the statements penned by Joseph stating “Thus saith the Lord.” The quotes of “The Doctrine and Covenants” leave no room for questioning these revelations as being from God.
When Joseph Smith and his successor, Brigham Young, died, God must have changed his way of communicating with His modern day prophets, because the last two “Revelations” received, polygamy and prejudice, have glaringly been missing the “Thus saith the Lord” delivery. Why is it that the last two revelations, given because of direct pressure on the Mormon Church to change its’ doctrinal positions, don’t have God speaking? Maybe it is because these last two revelations were human realization, vice Holy Revelation. (Now, don’t get me wrong here, I do not believe the “Revelations” received by Joseph Smith were from God, anything but. I’m using this line of reasoning to make a point.)
The letter from the Mormon Presidency which reverses the Mormon Church’s Anti-Black Doctrine is attempting to rewrite Mormon History as to when the Negroes will be allowed to hold the Mormon Priesthood. Let’s look at what the Mormon “First Presidency” wrote:
“Aware of the promises made by the prophets and presidents of the Church who have preceded us that at some time, in God's eternal plan, all of our brethren who are worthy may receive the priesthood, and witnessing the faithfulness of those from whom the priesthood has been withheld, we have pleaded long and earnestly in behalf of these, our faithful brethren, spending many hours in the Upper Room of the Temple supplicating the Lord for divine guidance.
He has heard our prayers, and by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised day has come when every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood, with power to exercise its divine authority, and enjoy with his loved ones every blessing that flows therefrom, including the blessings of the temple.”
This letter leads the uninformed to believe that previous “Prophets and Presidents” promised that at some time in the future, the time would come that the Negroes could receive all of the blessings everyone was entitled to.
TWO BIG, MAJOR STIPULATIONS
OK, let’s get the whole story. When did these previous “Prophets and Presidents” say this was going to happen? In the book “The Church and the Negro” published in 1967, 11 years before “The Revelation” changing the anti-black doctrine, Mormon writer John L. Lund discusses the two stipulations before the priesthood can be given:
“The prophets have declared that there are at least two major stipulations that have to be met before the Negroes will be allowed to possess the Priesthood. The first requirement relates to time. The Negroes will not be allowed to hold the Priesthood during mortality, in fact, not until after the resurrection of all of Adam’s children. The other stipulation requires that Abel’s seed receive the first opportunity of having the Priesthood.” (The Church and the Negro, p. 47)
THIS MORMON WRITER CLEARLY LAYS OUT THAT PREVIOUS MORMON PROPHETS HAVE DICTATED TWO MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: (1) The first requirement relates to time. The Negroes will not be allowed to hold the Priesthood during mortality, in fact, not until after the resurrection of all of Adam’s children. (2) The other stipulation requires that Abel’s seed receive the first opportunity of having the Priesthood.
NEGROES CANNOT HOLD THE PRIESTHOOD IN MORTALITY
So let’s look at these previous prophets. Brigham Young on December 3, 1854 said that the Negroes will not have the privilege of receiving the priesthood until:
“…all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood, and of coming into the kingdom of God, and of being redeemed from the four quarters of the earth, 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)
Twelve years later on August 19, 1866, Brigham Young speaking on the Negro and the priesthood said:
“They will go down to death. And when all the rest of the children have received their blessings in the Holy Priesthood, then that curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will then come up and possess the priesthood, and receive all the blessings which we now are entitled to. The volition of the creature is free; this is a law of their existence, and the Lord cannot violate his own law; were he to do that, he would cease to he God.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 11, p. 272)
These quotes from the second Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young, clearly show that the Negroes must pass through mortality; they must die, before they can hold the Mormon Priesthood. Brigham stated this was from the Lord and that He cannot violate His law or He would cease to exist.
ABEL’S SEED MUST FIRST BE RESURRECTED
I’m going to quote again from the book “The Church and the Negro”: “The second major stipulation that needs to be met before the Negroes can be allowed to possess the priesthood is the requirement that Abel’s seed receive the opportunity of holding the priesthood first.”
“The Prophet Joseph taught that Negroes could not hold the Priesthood or act in any of its offices until the seed of Abel received that Priesthood.” (Milton R. Hunter, Pearl of Great Price Commentary (Salt Lake City Utah: Bookcraft, 1951), p. 142) (as reported in The Church and the Negro, p. 48)
The book “The Church and the Negro” answers the obvious question then for us, “When will Abel’s seed receive the priesthood?”
“It will first of all be necessary that Abel marry, and then be resurrected, and ultimately exalted in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom so that he can have a continuation of his seed.168 It will then be necessary for Abel to create an earth for his spirit children to come to and experience mortality. These children will have to be “redeemed” or resurrected. After the resurrection or redemption of Abel’s seed, Cain’s descendants, the Negroes, will then be allowed to possess the Priesthood. Joseph Fielding Smith has said that “the Lord decreed that the children of Cain should not have the privilege of bearing the priesthood until Abel had posterity who could have the priesthood and that will have to be in the far distant future. When this is accomplished on some other world, then the restrictions will be removed from the children of Cain who have been true to their ‘second’ estate.”169 This earth life is considered the “second” estate and those Negroes who prove through their individual righteousness their worth will certainly be blessed by God to possess the Priesthood in that distant future when Abel’s seed has been redeemed. (The Church and the Negro, p. 49)
These quotes of the 2nd and 10th Mormon Prophets, without question show that the Negroes cannot hold the Mormon Priesthood in this life, it will only happen in a future world. According to Brigham Young, this is God’s Law and if He were to change it “He would cease to be God.” Then along comes Mormon Prophet number 12, Spencer W. Kimball, who up and changes God’s Law. So, according to Brigham Young, GOD CEASED TO BE GOD, or ALL THE MORMON PROPHETS FROM NUMBER 1, JOSEPH SMITH, TO NUMBER 11, HAROLD B. LEE, WERE WRONG – WHICH MAKES THEM FALSE PROPHETS! The Mormon Church can’t have it both ways. ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN PROPHETS, EITHER GOD CEASED TO BE GOD AND ALL PROPHETS BEFORE KIMBALL WERE FALSE, OR HE (KIMBALL) WAS A FALSE PROPHET. The facts simply do not bear out any other conclusion.
This newsletter was written aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY CV-67, moored in Valletta, Malta. You will remember, Malta is where Paul was shipwrecked and bitten by the viper. I am embarked as ship’s company and am serving the nation and the Lord at the same time.
I was finally able to attended church last Sunday for the first time on this deployment. There was about 50 Sailors in attendance. Knowing full well that at any given time, approximately 25% of the crew is on watch, still, out of 5,500 Sailors aboard, 50 is but a mere 1.2%. WOW, less than 2% of the crew were at Protestant services. Prayer warriors – Pray for the Sailors aboard the JFK. Pray for a revival aboard this warship. Pray that these young men and women will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Pray for me, that I might be a witness to them; and, last but not least, pray for Helen, that she might have the strength to run the day to day needs of the ministry while I am onboard JFK fighting the Global War on Terrorism.