Righteous Nephites and Wicked Lamanites

26 February

Book of Mormon Sailing to Promised Land Friend Magaziine Feb 2016Friend, ‘I Can Read the Book of Mormon,’ February 2016; “Sailing to the Promised Land Nephi built a ship so his family could travel to the promised land. Read about their journey on pages FJ4–6. In the promised land, the righteous people were called Nephites. The wicked people were called Lamanites.”

Matthew 18:6; “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

One hundred and eighty six years after the birth of Mormonism, the footsteps of LDS teachings are still marching to the same racist drum. We see it in action with this month’s publication of ‘Friend’, the children’s periodical filled with Book of Mormon stories, and its related activities.

While skimming over the articles in this magazine for kids, the first thing I came across was the quote above. While it may seem innocuous to the unknowing, make no mistake that it’s phrased in a specific way in order to indoctrinate young minds to the racist teachings they still employ.

Ah yes, the righteous white people, aka Nephites, were living amongst their once white brothers. Laman, Nephi’s brother, sinned and because of that, it turned all his descendants a loathsome shade darker than his righteous brother Nephi.

While it may seem that I’m being a bit harsh, think of the kids who are reading this. The largest audience of Mormonism are those who live in Latin America.

When I saw the pictures they used in their article, the first thing I thought of was all the little kids who are getting the message that they’re loathsome and wicked.


Is it okay in the eyes of our Lord to tell little kids they’re wicked just because of their skin color?

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