Apostle Stapley’s Letter Protesting Civil Rights for Blacks

19 November

Acts 17:26; “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”

About a month after I was born, LDS apostle Delbert Stapley, wrote a letter to then Michigan Governor, George W. Romney. The letter was written to remind Romney of the Church’s views regarding all non-white people. You can read the letter in its entirety at Archives.com, or on our site at Racist Remarks by Leaders of the Church.

As you’ll see, Mr. Stapley’s candor was quite shocking, as he didn’t mince any words about personal feelings, and reminded Romney of how Joe Smith didn’t think too highly of blacks either. Smith telling Congress they should round up all ‘negroes’ and ‘send them back from whence they came’, is totally outrageous, uncalled for, and unacceptable.

Just so there’s no misunderstanding, Smith’s words were and still are, racist to the core.

The reason I’ve posted this is to show how the Church is still using the much of the same doctrinal materials Stapley used to justify their racist ideologies. Basically, only the painted white sepulchers of Mormonism have changed. Make no mistake my friend, the inside is still malicious, and not to mention, ugly. The Church’s acceptance of blacks into the priesthood in 1978 was nothing but a public show to appease the masses.

This also shows how the Church’s racial problems didn’t begin with Brigham Young, as I’m often told. The racist hatred is seated deep in the roots of Mormonism, and planted there by none other than Joseph Smith himself.

Here are direct links to the references Stapley gave in his letter:

Mormonism and the Negro – John J. Stewart

Teachings Of The Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 269

History of the Church 2:436-440

Again, I don’t post these things to bash the Mormon people. This is absolutely heartbreaking! I grew up in Utah Mormonism, and can still vividly recall how disappointed Jesus must have been with me in the pre-existence. My curly jet black hair, and dark eyes were a sure sign of rebellion at one time. It wasn’t until after I left my beloved heritage that I learned Smith’s doctrinal statements were all lies.

I pray Mormons today will open their hearts to the truth, and believe what it says in those Bibles they carry around with them. The Lord doesn’t show favoritisms, nor is He a God who despises those He lovingly created.

With Love in Christ;


1 Cor 1:18

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