Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Racial Dilemma For Mormons

"Mormons often make an issue that the written standard works are to be the measuring rod for truth and that revelation cannot contradict them. President Harold B. Lee stated, “If it is not in the standard works, we may well assume that it is speculation, man’s own personal opinion; and if it contradicts what is in the scriptures, it is not true.” Given the fact that Abraham 1:26 in the Pearl of Great Price was used as a proof text to ban blacks from the priesthood, the 1978 reversal appears to violate Lee’s admonition.

All of this raises other questions. If the Mormon God has removed the curse that was once on the black race, why has he not also removed the physical mark? If the sole purpose of the black skin was merely to identify those who should not receive priesthood blessings, and the no longer applies, why are people still being born with this mark?"

Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, Mormonism 101, pg.275

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