Mormon Doctrines: Judgment of God, or Man?

10 January

That Ye May Not Be Deceived, pp. 9-10, 13; “…Also, the gospel was not carried to this segregated black group… the Negroes tread the earth with black dishonorable bodies as a judgment of God because at the time of decision in the pre-existence they were faint-hearted and exhibited an infirmity of purpose – they were not valiant in the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, they were entitled to no better earthly lineage than that of the first early murderer, Cain. They were to be the ‘servant of servants.’ They were to be segregated. No effort was made to carry the gospel to them as a people. …

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no call to carry the Gospel to the Negro, and it does not do so.” – Elder Arthur M. Richardson, 1955

1 Samuel 16:7; “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Our reference today came from a 15 page Mormon pamphlet written by Mr. Richardson c. 1955. It’s been referenced in multiple papers, but finding the complete work is difficult. It’s also included in Cursed with a Skin of Blackness, a lengthy report, published by a student at the University of Utah that’s well worth the read.

The point to all this?

Because of the chronic racism shown in Mormon doctrines, we have a few questions.

When did our Lord ever say someone wasn’t worthy of sharing the gospel with because of their skin color? The Bible is replete with God’s warnings not to judge people based on outward appearances!

Moreover, it looks as if they missed Jesus’ memo to go out and make disciples of all men in Matthew 28:18-20

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 ¶ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” [emp. mine]

If you’re LDS and the comments above from your leaders aren’t acceptable, why was it okay for them to teach it at all? Please know that we’re praying for you, and if you have questions, drop us a line!

With Love in Christ;


1 Cor 1:18

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