Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Black skin, Mormonism, LDS Missionaries, and The Temple Before 1978

I was reading through the excellent article called Blacks and the Priesthood (at http://www.mormonthink.com/blackweb.htm) and I learned something I hadn't heard before. At the end of the article it states:

African Americans banned from the temple.

Some members try to explain that the priesthood ban on black men was just something unique to the priesthood. But if that's the case, why were not black women allowed to receive their endowments in the temples until 1978? It's bad enough to exclude black men from holding the priesthood but to deny both black men and black women the sealing ordinances and other ordinances required for exaltation is clearly racist. Why on earth wouldn't black families be allowed to be sealed to each other before 1978? [End Quote].

I already knew that LDS missionaries were trained to avoid proselytizing to blacks before 1978 but banning black women from the temple endowment is especially alarming.

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