MG-02 – Is Black Skin a Curse in the Book of Mormon?

Have you ever read the Book of Mormon?  Did you know that even the version of the Book of Mormon that is in print today, and given away by the Mormon Missionaries, is the most racist set of Scriptures of any religion in the world?

Hundreds of Mormons have never really read the Book of Mormon which is a bit strange, because the Book of Mormon claims to be the very foundation of the Mormon faith. The Book of Mormon clearly states, several times, that black skin is a curse from God.  Yet the Bible teaches in John 3:16 that God so loved the world…not just the people with white skin.

The Book of Mormon tells of a violent struggle between two groups of people somewhere in South, Central or North America. In the Book of Mormon story, the good, hard-working people are white and the violent and lazy group are black.

2 Nephi 30:6, in the Book of Mormon, claims that if the bad black people repent, then they too will become white like the good people. The current Book of Mormon warns both groups of people that they should not “mixtheir seed between the blacks and whites or God will curse them.

Since our ministry works with many former members of the Mormon Church, we know very well that most Mormons are not racist. Yet, in over 180 years of changing many other parts of the Book of Mormon, the Mormon leadership still prints and reprints 35 remarkably racist statements found in the current Book of Mormon. Past Mormon leaders have taught that the black race was permitted to come through the Great Flood and remain on earth to representthe devil”.[1]

We have worked very closely with several black communities around the world, and we are just astonished, that any person of color would join the Mormon Church.

We are equally amazed and stunned that any white Mormon would continue to endorse, admire or much less teach from the Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon is wrong. Black skin is not now and never was a curse from God.  The plague of racism and bigotry may be promoted within the Book of Mormon, but it is not found in the Bible.

[1] John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, vol. 22, pp. 303-304 (below).


Journal of Discourses, vol. 22, pp. 303-304:

“For although they were destroyed in the body, yet when Jesus came and …preached to the spirits in prison that were disobedient in the days of Noah. And then the devil put on a long face and said, I imagined I had got rid of these fellows; but they are going to have a chance yet that I did not think of. And after the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham’s wife, as he had married a wife of that seed. And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was necessary that the devil should have a representation upon the earth as well as God; and that man should be a free agent to act for himself, and that all men might have the opportunity of receiving or rejecting the truth, and be governed by it or not according to their wishes and abide the result; and that those who would be able to maintain correct principles under all circumstances, might be able to associate with the Gods in the eternal worlds. It is the same eternal programme. God knew it and Adam knew it.”


Racism in Mormon Scripture

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