With the recent Church Essay regarding Blacks and the Priesthood, this reform is now done!
The LDS Church needs to completely disavow it’s historically preached doctrines concerning priesthood racism. Excluding “Blacks” from the priesthood is based on several very faulty assumptions.
- That Blacks of African decent are descended directly from the biblical Cain, Ham or Egyptus.
- That Christ did not open the doors for the priesthood to be given to all the worthy races of the earth instead of just the tribe of Levi.
The official position and doctrine of the church going from Brigham Young to Spencer W. Kimball, can be summed up in the following letter from the First Presidency in the 1960’s.
This attitude was based on a particular interpretation of both LDS, Christian and Jewish Scripture. It was the official “doctrine” of the church, and was based on many quotes spoken “as a prophet” such as this one from Brigham Young.
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 priesthood, for the curse on them was to remain upon them, until the residue 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 priesthood, until the times of the restitution shall come, and the curse be wiped off from the earth, and from Michael’s seed. — Brigham Young, Feb, 5, 1852
After listening to a Brigham Young speech in the Tabernacle, Wilford Woodruff records the following Brigham Young quote in his journal:
“If any man mingles his seed with the seed of Cane the only way he Could get rid of it or have salvation would be to Come forward & have his head Cut off & spill his Blood upon the ground. It would also take the life of his Children.”
-Brigham Young (1852, Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 4, p. 97)