NOTE: Mormons of history don’t have a monopoly on racism. A lot of people were guilty of it. I don’t condemn any Mormon as a racist, including Gordon B. Hinckley. In fact, I’ve never met one who was. And I sincerely commend them on that.
However, the history of their “prophets”, “apostles”, and “presidents” is an embarrassing one, as you can see in the clip above. The status given to the Mormon “prophets” is that the man in the position can’t be wrong when he is speaking in the place of [g]od. Thus, Mormons are drawn into an unnecessary predicament, which is:
What happens when two “prophets” say contradictory things?
What the “prophet” teaches was either wrong or right. Either it was from God or not from God.
Consider this statement by Brigham Young from February 5, 1852, titled Speach by Gov. Young in Joint Session of the Legeslature (spelling errors are left as is):
Now says the grand father I will not distroy the seed of michal and his wife; and cain I will not kill you, nor suffer any one to kill you, but I will put a mark upon you. What is that mark? you will see it on the countenance of every African you ever did see upon the face of the earth, or ever will see.
If there never was a prophet, or apostle of Jesus Christ spoke it before, I tell you, this people that are commonly called negroes are the children of old Cain. I know they are, I know that they cannot bear rule in the preisthood, for the curse on them was to remain upon them, until the resedue of the posterity of Michal and his wife receive the blessings, the seed of Cain would have received had they not been cursed; and hold the keys of the preisthood, until the times of the restitution shall come, and the curse be wiped off from the earth, and from michals seed. Then Cain’s seed will be had in rememberance, and the time come when that curse should be wiped off.
Now then in the kingdom of God on the earth, a man who has has the Affrican blood in him cannot hold one jot nor tittle of preisthood…
…What we are trying to do to day is to make the Negro equal with us in all our privilege. My voice shall be against all the day long. I shall not consent for one moment I will will call them a counsel. I say I will not consent for one moment for you to lay a plan to bring a curse upon this people. I shall not be while I am here.
Would someone called of God, speaking on behalf of God make such claims?
I cringe as I read those things. The very odd thing is that a simple glance at Genesis or even Acts would show us:
“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” – Acts 17:26
Now why define that predicament as “unnecessary”? Because Mormons don’t have to follow the “prophets” of Mormonism. The True Apostle, Prophet, Priest, and King has already come. And He helps us daily in real and practical ways through spirit. He is Jesus, as it says in Hebrews 2:
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement forf the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
And chapter 3:
“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.”