In the last three newsletters we looked at the ‘History’, ‘Doctrine’, and ‘Contradictions’ of the Mormon Church’s prejudicial teaching concerning Africans. In this newsletter we will look at the ‘Denial’ by the Mormon Church that they are, or ever have fostered prejudicial teachings concerning those of African decent.
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 three 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.
PROMOTING A NEW IMAGE
The “Church News” is an official publication of the Mormon Church. It is published by the Deseret Newspaper Company owned by the Mormon Church. On the front cover of the May 31, 2003 issue are two black men sporting white shirts and black name tags, which identify them as Mormon Missionaries. The cover says:
25 years since priesthood revelation
‘The long-promised day has come when every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood.’ Official Declaration – 2, Doctrine and Covenants
Denial and deceit by the Mormon Church of the anti-black doctrine appears to be the way to avoid facing the reality that this anti-black doctrine proves that Mormonism is a false religion.
The front cover of the Church News was laid out such that, under the picture of the two black missionaries, was the above statement that “The long-promised day has come…” That statement perpetuates the lie the Mormon Church is putting forward to hide the truth of their anti-black doctrine. That statement ignores history, and insinuates that the previous Mormon Prophets all prophesied that a “Day would come,” and that is true, they did all prophecy that “a day would come” when the blacks could hold the priesthood; but, that day, they all said, or agreed with the position of the previous prophets, was to be in the next life - after the resurrection.
ON SOME OTHER WORLD
The 10th Mormon Prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, who served as Prophet until he died in 1972, wrote a series of books called “Answers to Gospel Questions.” In Volume 2 of that series he answers a question concerning when Negroes will be allowed to receive the Mormon Priesthood:
“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.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol 2, p. 188)
GOD’S ORACLES ON EARTH
The Mormon Prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, died holding this doctrinal position, just six years prior to the 12th Mormon Prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, changing the anti-black doctrine. Remember, Mormons believe that Mormon Prophets and Apostles are “GOD’S ORACLES ON EARTH”:
“Although the Church has many men who serve as “General Authorities,” only the First Presidency and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators. (Teachings of the Living Prophets, Student Manual Religion 333, p. 8)
“It should be in mind that some of the General Authorities have had assigned to them a special calling; they possess a special gift; they are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators, which gives them a special spiritual endowment in connection with their teaching the people. They have the right, the power, and authority to declare the mind and will of God to his people…” (Teachings of the Living Prophets, Student Manual Religion 333, p. 9)
WAIT A MINUTE!! Oracle number 10 and all previous Oracles, back to number 1, say the blacks will not be allowed to hold the priesthood until after the resurrection in another world. Oracle number 12 comes along and reverses the doctrine. HOW CAN THAT BE? One of the Oracles has to be wrong! The 13th Prophet of the Mormon Church, Ezra Taft Benson, gave a speech at BYU on February 26, 1980. This speech was after the reversal of the anti-black doctrine. The speech by Prophet Benson was called “FOURTEEN FUNDAMENTALS IN FOLLOWING THE PROPHETS.” Let me quote from the speech concerning the Fourth Fundamental:
FOURTH: The Prophet Will Never Lead The Church Astray.
President Wilford Woodruff stated:
“I say to Israel, the Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of the Church to lead you astray. It is not in the program. It is not in the mind of God.” (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp 212-213)
President Marion G. Romney tells of this incident which happened to him:
“I remember years ago when I was a Bishop I had President (Heber J.) Grant talk to our ward. After the meeting I drove him home … Standing by me, he put his arm over my shoulder and said: ‘My boy, you always keep your eye on the President of the Church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, and it is wrong, and you do it, the Lord will bless you for it.’ Then with a twinkle in his eye, he said, ‘But you don’t need to worry. The Lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray.” (CR, October 1960, p. 78.) (Following The Brethren, Part 1, pp. 5-6)
“HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM”
To quote a famous line from the movie “Apollo 13” – “Houston we have a problem.” We see that the Mormon Church teaches that Prophets and Apostles are God’s Oracles on Earth. They have the “Right, the Power, and the Authority to declare the mind and the will of God,” and the Lord will never permit them to lead you astray.
WELL, SOMEONE HERE IS LEADING SOMEONE ASTRAY!! THE MORMON CHURCH CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!
The 12th Mormon Prophet can’t come along and reverse what 11 other Prophets have all stated directly or indirectly was God’s Law. Either they were all wrong and led the Church astray, or number 12 led the Church astray. Which is it?
JESUS’ CHARGE TO HIS APOSTLES (Mark 16:15)
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
What was the Mormon Church’s doctrinal position up until June 8, 1978? In the foundational work, Mormon Doctrine, by Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie we read:
“Negroes in this life are denied the priesthood; under no circumstances can they hold this delegation of authority from the Almighty. (Abra. 1:20-27.) The message of the gospel is not carried affirmatively to them…” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 527)
Now let’s look at the utter hypocrisy that the Mormon Church is putting forth today; a complete denial of “God’s Law” as taught by their Prophets and Apostles. An article in the June 1990 “Ensign” magazine, the official magazine of the Mormon Church, titled “A Hike to Eternity.” This article shows the absolute denial of Mormonism about their racist doctrine. The article tells of a mixed race family that lived below the Oakland, California Temple, as it is built on the side of a hill. Let me quote from the article:
“We had lived just below the Oakland Temple for more than a year, but we had never gone near it. We were an interracial family and, though we had heard the Mormons now allowed blacks to hold the priesthood, we were certain we wouldn’t be welcome there. Besides, we really weren’t interested in going anywhere near a church with such a well-known image of discrimination against blacks … Michael, I don’t think we’d better go there,” I said. “Mormons don’t like blacks, and they especially don’t like mixed families.”
The story continues with the family taking a hike and ending up at the Temple. They sneak into a tour group and the Mormons leading the group are so nice to them. One thing leads to another and they take the missionary lessons and join the Mormon Church. The article concludes with this:
“In the intervening decade, our family’s “hike to eternity” has carried us halfway around the world and back again to our present home in Oregon. We’ve taken some wrong turns and detours along the way, and some of the trail has been rough. But in all our wanderings, we have never found hide nor hair of the racism we had worried about. What we have found is a world filled with Bodines and Nelsons—Church member “co-hikers” who are always ready to reacquaint us with the map and put us back on the right path to eternity. (“A Hike to Eternity,” Ensign, June 1990)
This article perpetuates a lie that the Mormon Church has never been racist and fully accepts “MIXED RACE MARRIAGES.”
MIXED RACE MARRIAGES
What did Brigham Young say about mixed race marriages?
“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Journal of Discourses Vol. 10, p.110)
Do you see the deception? The Mormon Church is in utter denial of its past. You can say, “Well, men of other Christian Churches made racial statements over the years.” You’re absolutely right; however, the Mormon Church says its leaders are God’s Oracles on earth and have the “Right, the Power, and the Authority to declare the mind and the will of God,” and the Lord will never permit them to lead you astray. No one else says that. These last four Midwest Expositors clearly show that the Mormon Prophets and Apostles weren’t led by God; rather, they are simply sinful men led by their environment and egos.
In an interview with LOOK Magazine on October 22, 1963, the 10th Mormon Prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, said:
“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. (Mormonism 101, p. 233)
The 3rd Mormon Prophet, John Taylor, said blacks were the Devil’s representatives on earth:
“And 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 representative upon the earth as well as God;” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 22, p. 304)
The 2nd Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young, said:
“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.” (The Essential Brigham Young, p.132)
Brigham Young’s First Counselor, George A. Smith said this:
“There is not a man, from the President of the United States to the Editors of their sanctorums, clear down to the low-bred letter-writers in this Territory, but would rob the coppers from a dead nigger’s eyes, if they had a good opportunity.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 5, p. 110)
Mormonism today promotes a story that the Church was opposed to slavery. NOT TRUE. Joseph Smith, the founding Prophet of Mormonism, said the Church was opposed to setting the Negro free:
“Thirteenth-‘Are the Mormons Abolitionists?’
“No, unless delivering the people from priestcraft, and the priests from the power of Satan, should be considered abolition. But we do not believe in setting the negroes free.” (History of the Church, Vol 3, p 29)
The Mormon Church today is deceitful about its position on slavery in the past. In an article in the Church’s official magazine the “Ensign,” April 1996, titled “Shepherding in Mississippi’s Jackson Stake,” under the subheading “No Prejudice Within These Walls,” we see the deception:
More than a century ago, the United States was ripped apart over the issue of slavery. But today the restored gospel continues to be a healing balm and force for mutual understanding and unity among members of all races and backgrounds. They attend church together, worshipping and learning about love, service, and Heavenly Father’s plan for them. (Ensign, Apr. 1996, p. 40)
Brigham Young in an interview with abolitionist Horace Greely, Editor of the New York Tribune, at Salt Lake City, on July 13, 1859 said this:
“H.G. – What is the position of your church with respect to slavery?”
“B.Y. – We consider it of DIVINE INSTITUTION, and not to be abolished until the curse pronounced on Ham shall have been removed from his descendants.”
“H.G. – Are there SLAVES now held in this territory?”
“B.Y. – THERE ARE.”
“H.G. – Do your territorial laws uphold slavery?”
“B.Y. – Those laws are printed – you can read them for yourself.”
Slavery in America was anything but a “DIVINE INSTITUTION” as Brigham told Horace Greely. Our ministry has a copy of those laws – The Act of Organizing the Territory of Utah, dated 1852. Beginning on page 80 and running through page 82 “An Act in Relation to Service,” which lays out the law for slavery in Utah.
Utah was the only territory in the West that allowed slavery, and it was drawn up by a legislature that was 100% Mormon men. The Mormon Church is trying its best to promote an image of universal acceptance of all men as equals. The Mormon Church may have changed its position in allowing blacks to hold the Mormon Priesthood and enter their temples to perform the ordinances they believe are required to becomes Gods; however, the teachings that blacks are an inferior race and have been cursed with a black skin because of their actions in the “Pre-existence” have not changed, and are still part of Mormon Theology!
No other doctrine of Mormonism more clearly shows the contradictions between present and past Mormon Prophets and Apostles. These men were not, are not, “Called of God.”
We have clearly shown in this series of four newsletters the prejudicial Mormon teaching on the African race and how today they are promoting a two faced position towards blacks, while retaining those false prejudicial teachings in their theology. The Mormon Church is a false religion and is absolutely not Biblical in its beliefs and is NOT JUST ANOTHER CHRISTIAN RELIGION!!
MMMO UPDATE FROM THE PERSIAN GULF
This newsletter was written aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY CV-67, moored pier side in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates in the Southern Persian Gulf. I have been deployed on the JFK since June 7, 2004, when the ship left Mayport, Florida to serve in the Global War on Terrorism.
We arrived on station in the Persian Gulf on July 7th and have been supporting our troops in Iraq with airpower from the sea. The conditions are extreme here. Heat index’s everyday in the 120°-145° range. The Sailors working on the flight deck and down in the engineering plants are working in miserable/tough conditions. We just finished five weeks at sea; no days off, 16-20 hour days, one right after the other. You can be justifiably proud of these service members as they serve you, far away from home, in this Global War on Terrorism.
We have three squadrons of F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets onboard, plus a squadron of F-14D Tomcat fighters and other support aircraft. The F-18 Hornet guys like to tease the other squadrons onboard saying that the Hornets have Biblical backing. Here is the Hornet guys’ scripture: “Moreover the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 7:20). I can assure you that the Hornets (and the Tomcats) are destroying those that are attacking our Soldiers and Marines, and our way of life.
In the last newsletter I told you that we only had 50 Sailors come to the Protestant Service. Well last Sunday, after missing six Sundays in a row due to operational commitments, I counted 65 Sailors there. So, the Sunday worship is growing, but it’s a long way from the crowd we should have. Please continue to pray for the Sailors aboard the USS JOHN F KENNEDY CV-67.
Helen is still holding down the home front back in the States and looking forward to my return. Please continue to pray for her health and the loneliness she fights while I’m away serving in the U.S. Navy.
GOOD NEWS!! In January 2005 we will be shooting some new “TRUTH OUTREACH” TV Shows. Helen and I will fly from Jacksonville, Florida (where USS JOHN F KENNEDY CV-67 is home ported) to St Louis and then drive up to Quincy, Illinois where WTJR (Believer’s Broadcasting) is located. WTJR Broadcasts “TRUTH OUTREACH” twice weekly. We have 60 shows on file, but it’s time for some new ones. We will film 12-20 new programs (depends on the schedule and how many scripts I can get written). So, pray for our finances as we will be doing this quarterly until I am released from active duty in June of 2006.