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Other racist passages in the scripture have simply been changed by Mormon authorities—e.g., 2 Nephi 30:6, which originally referred to conversion to Christianity bringing about a “white and delightsome people,” now reads, as of 1981, “a pure and delightsome people.” As for black people, Joseph Smith taught that they are cursed as “sons of Cain.” Brigham Young, the successor of Joseph Smith, stated: “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? Since blacks were a stigmatized race in Mormonism, black men were denied ordination to the priesthood in the LDS Church.
Much of the story focuses on two groups of Israelites in the New World, the Nephites and the Lamanites, descended from two of the sons of Lehi of the tribe of Manasseh.
When the Lamanites displease God, “because of their iniquity…Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them” (2 Nephi ).
Later, when the Lamanites become Christians, “their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites” (3 Nephi ).
Lehi leaves Jerusalem because he prophesied unto the people concerning the destruction of Jerusalem...
See full summary » Director: Gary Rogers The life of Brigham Young, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the better part of the 1800s, founder of Salt Lake City and the first governor of the Utah Territory.