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1 Brigham Young 2 nd President, LDS

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3 As we have witnessed the expansion of the work of the Lord over the earth… This, in turn, has inspired u s with a desire to extend to every worthy member of the Church all of the privileges and blessings which the gospel affords As we have witnessed the expansion of the work of the Lord over the earth… This, in turn, has inspired u s with a desire to extend to every worthy member of the Church all of the privileges and blessings which the gospel affords. Spenser W. Kimball 1978

4 pleaded Temple supplicating the Lord for divine guidance. …we have pleaded long and earnestly in behalf of these, our faithful brethren, spending many hours in the upper room of the Temple supplicating the Lord for divine guidance. Spenser W. Kimball 1978

5 vote The vote to sustain the foregoing motion was unanimous in the affirmative. Salt Lake City, Utah, September 30, 1978 Salt Lake City, Utah, September 30, 1978 Spenser W. Kimball 1978

6 He [God] has heard our prayers, and by revelation has c onfirmed that the long-promised day has come… Salt Lake City, Utah, September 30, 1978 Spenser W. Kimball 1978

7 u The Juvenile Instructor p.157 LDS Magazine

8 Not folklore Not folklore Not spurious Not spurious Doctrinal Doctrinal Church Endorsed Teaching Church Endorsed Teaching LDS Magazine

9 The Negro Curse of Cain LDS Juvenile Instructor, October 15, 1868, p. 157)

10 The Negro Curse of Cain LDS Juvenile Instructor, October 15, 1868, p. 157)

11 The Bible:

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13 A.In 1835 Joseph Smith purchased a collection of mummies and papyri from Michael Chandler, who was traveling through Ohio. B.One Scroll of Egyptian papyri translated into The Book of Abraham; now in Pearl of Great Price B.Published in 1842, in LDS the church- owned Times and Seasons. The Genesis of the Book of Abraham

14 Dr. James R Clark, of Brigham Young University, noted: we know approximately how much material was translated from each character. Pearl of Great Price Conference, Dec. 10, 1960, 1964 ed., pp In one Case Joseph Smith derived 177 English words out of the word "Khons" - the name of an Egyptian moon god! Translation or Interpretation?

15 In the Church there was a restriction on the priesthood for male members of African descent. It is not known precisely why, how, or when this restriction began in the Church but what is clear is that it ended decades ago. Washington Post piece by Jason Horowitz. Feb. 29, 2012

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17 Racist Book of Abraham it rested solely on the Book of Abraham. … It is founded on that. In 1961 when a reporter asked LDS President David O. McKay about the basis for the policy of restricting blacks from priesthood, he replied thatit rested solely on the Book of Abraham. That is the only reason… It is founded on that. ("David O. McKay and Blacks," by Gregory A. Prince, Dialogue, Spring 2002, p. 146).

18 Professional Egyptologists To these the Alphabet and Grammar was submitted for examination … One of them, I. E. Edwards said the whole work was "largely a piece of imagination and lacking in any kind of scientific value." Regarding the Book of Abraham (Charles M. Larson By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus, pages 42-43)

19 What did Joseph Smith teach regarding the Negro Curse? Observations Book of Abraham

20 LDS Church Founder Joseph Smith Jr.

21 LDS Church Founder Joseph Smith Jr. that race which preserved the curse in the land. … from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land. (Pearl of Great Price, Book of Abraham, 1:21-27).

22 Regarding Ham: …Noah, his father …cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood. (Pearl of Great Price, Book of Abraham, 1:21-27). LDS Church Founder Joseph Smith Jr.

23 Regarding Joseph Smith, LDS Church Founder 10 th LDS President

24 Ephraim is ½ African (Genesis 41:50) Ephraim is ½ African (Genesis 41:50) If Africans are cursed, then what about Joseph Smith? If Africans are cursed, then what about Joseph Smith? Joseph Smith, A pure Ephraimite?

25 one drop of Negro blood the curse Said that "If there is one drop of Negro blood in my children, as I have read to you, they receive the curse. (Race ProblemsAs They Affect The Church, page 7) An Ephraimite has a gallon

26 A. Is a Bogus Book B.Is a Racist Book C.Is a Not Scripture Remarks on Book of Abraham

27 Primary source for the Book of Abraham (in PGP) Sentenced millions to a curse; Sentenced millions to a curse; Abuse, discrimination, and degradation Abuse, discrimination, and degradation Modern archeology has shed light on this document as being misrepresented Modern archeology has shed light on this document as being misrepresented As such, the LDS Faith should reject it. As such, the LDS Faith should reject it.

28 Conclusive DNA Evidence Resulted in a Change in the introduction of the book of Mormon

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30 Each president of the LDS Church is ordained as a Prophet, Seer and Revelator."

31 Mark W. Hofmann

32 Mark W. Hofmann with Church Leaders President = Prophet, Seer and Revelator."

33 Joseph Smith Papyri is really in the same category

34 1.Church to distance itself from book of Abraham 2.Admit that new Archeology has shed light on the papyri 3.Move to expunge the book of Abraham from the LDS Scriptures

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36 Lemba The Lemba of Southern Africa These are Found in These are Found in – South Africa and – Zimbabwe – Mozambique – Malawi

37 2 nd MORMON Church President Brigham Young

38 President Brigham Young

39 A black skin is a mark of the curse of Heaven placed upon some portions of mankind.... …When God made man in his own image and pronounced him very good, that he made him white. We have no record of any of God's favored servants being of a black race.... LDS magazine Juvenile Instructor ran a series of articles on race from October President Brigham Young

40 Speach by Gov. Young in Joint Session of the Legeslature. Feby. 5th 1852 giving his veiws on slavery. seed of Cain the curse cannot get rid of it. Where the children of God to mingle there seed with the seed of Cain it would not only bring the curse of being deprived of the power of the priesthood upon themselves but they entail it upon their children after them, and they cannot get rid of it. President Brigham Young

41 Speech by Gov. Young in Joint Session of the Legislature. Feb. 5th 1852 giving his views on slavery. It is a great blessing to the seed of Adam to have the seed of Cain for servants It is a great blessing to the seed of Adam to have the seed of Cain for servants, President Brigham Young

42 negroes are not equal with other races Regarding Negroes… this delegation of authority from the Almighty. (Abra.1:20-27.) The gospel message of salvation is not carried affirmatively to them… negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are In His Book: Mormon Doctrine lack of Spiritual valiance concerned… It is the Lord's doing, is based an his eternal laws of justice, and grows out of the lack of Spiritual valiance of those concerned in their first estate. (LDS Apostle; Bruce R. McConkie ; Mormon Doctrine, 1966, pp )

43 LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie the whole negro race have been cursed with a black skin, a caste apart not intermarry Cain, Ham, and the whole negro race have been cursed with a black skin, so they can be identified as a caste apart, a people with whom the other descendants of Adam should not intermarry. (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 114) LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie

44 The Bible: Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. (NKJV) Numbers 12:1

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46 Racismin the Book of Mormon Racism in the Book of Mormon the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness (2 Nephi 5:21) "... wherefore, as they were white and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. (2 Nephi 5:21)

47 Racism Racism in the Book of Mormon

48 Returned Missionary Committed serious Crime Crime knows no complexion Crime knows no complexion

49 Racism Racism in the Book of Mormon a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people which hath been among the Lamanites …for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry (Book of Mormon, Mormon 5:15).

50 why the aborigines of this country are dark, loathsome, ignorant, and sunken into the depths of degradation You may inquire of the intelligent of the world whether they can tell why the aborigines of this country are dark, loathsome, ignorant, and sunken into the depths of degradation ; …When the Lord has a people… then, if they transgress his law… he will put a mark upon them, as in the case of the Lamanites and other portions of the house of Israel; but by-and-by they will become a white and delightsome people (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 336). President Brigham Young

51 Let the Mormon Scriptures Inform

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