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. (wrong!)
- 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. (he did!)
- That Joseph Smith did not honor point #2.
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.