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That curse will remain upon them, [p.291] and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof.

Until the last ones of the residue of Adam's children are brought up to that favourable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood.

People were born black because they were less valiant in the pre-existence.

The ban on blacks holding the priesthood was reversed due to revelation received by the prophet Spencer W.

Introduction Member beliefs LDS leaders' racist comments Modern prophet interviewed Bigoted LDS scriptures? Protest from a faithful member Book: Mormonism & the Negro Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments Links Most Latter-day Saints are fully aware that black men were excluded from the priesthood from its inception till 1978.

LDS views on slavery Events before 1978 revelation Leaders ignore the past Why blacks born black Doctrine or just policy? It was largely taught in the Church that up through the 1980s blacks were denied the priesthood because they were from the lineage of Cain, who was cursed with a black skin after killing his brother Abel.

Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race - that they should be the "servant of servants;" and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.

How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them?

The Church doesn't deny it but prefers not to discuss it.

The Church has not admitted that the original ban was a mistake nor has it offered any form of apology.

The Book of Mormon states, 'black and white, bond and free, male and female; … We do not tolerate racism in any form." In 2006, then Church president Gordon B.

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