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At the time of this discussion, John Taylor was married to eleven wives in addition to his first (legal) wife: THE CHURCH OF
Elizabeth Kaighin, Jane Ballantyne, Anna Ballantyne, Mary A. Oakley, Mary A. Utley, Mary Ramsbottom,
Sarah Thornton, Lydia Dibble (Hyrum Smith's polygamous widow), Ann Hughlings, Sophia Whittaker, and
Harriet Whittaker. He had also been married to Mercy R. Fielding Smith (Hyrum Smith's widow), but the
marriage had ended in divorce. (listed in D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power [Vol. 1], Salt OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Lake City 1994, p. 597)

Notice that Taylor cited the Mormon scripture Doctrine and Covenants as it was in effect and
binding on all Mormons at that time. Thus Taylor (as well as Hyrum Smith and Joseph Smith) • HOW THE BOOK OF MORMON WAS ‘TRANSLATED’ .................2

was in violation of the official laws of his own church, as well as the civil law. • WHO ARE THE BLACKS/NEGROES?...........................................4

• ADAM IS GOD..........................................................................7
• MORMON POLYGAMY.............................................................9


7 Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in
private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.
8 Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.
9 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you—there is no weapon that is formed against you shall
10 And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time. "Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down
your lava! for I will come out on top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am
the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A
large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I
boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the
President Gordon Hinckley - Latter Day Saints ‘Mormon’ Prophet of God: Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet...When they can get rid of me, the devil will also
"We declare without equivocation that God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, “What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when
appeared in person to the boy Joseph Smith. . . . Our whole strength rests on the validity of I can only find one. I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can
that vision. It either occurred or it did not occur. If it did not, then this work is a fraud. If it prove them all perjurers. I labored with these apostates myself until I was out of all manner of
did, then it is the most important and wonderful work under the heavens.” patience; “
(The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith, Ensign, Nov. 2002, p80.) Address of the Prophet Joseph Smith : founder, prophet, seer, and revelator of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. (History of the Church Vol. 6, p. 408-412)- His Testimony Against the Dissenters at Nauvoo.
(Sunday, May 26, 1844)

Joseph Smith had, by this

”I think a full, free talk is frequently of great use; we want nothing secret nor underhanded, time, married at least 33
and I for one want no association with things that cannot be talked about and will not bear women - including other
investigation." (John Taylor, March 2, 1879, Journal of Discourses; 20:264) men's wives. - Website created by LDS Church Members

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Joseph Smith and the church leaders used The church newspaper Times and Seasons to lie and deceive
How The Book of Mormon was ‘translated’ members and the public alike over polygamy.
LDS Apostle Russell M. Nelson, “A Treasured Testament,” Ensign, Jul 1993, p61; Adapted from an address “Inasmuch as the public mind has been unjustly abused through the fallacy of Dr. Bennett's letters, we
given 25 June 1992 at a seminar for new mission presidents, Missionary Training Center, Provo, Utah: make an extract on the subject of marriage, showing the rule of the church on this important matter.
"The details of this miraculous method of translation are still not fully known. Yet The extract is from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and is the only rule allowed by the church.”
we do have a few precious insights. David Whitmer wrote:”
“All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church, should be held sacred
“Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and
drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one
spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again. It is not right to persuade a
appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, woman to be baptized contrary to the will of her husband neither is it lawful to influence her to leave
and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the her husband." (Times and Seasons; Thursday, Sept 1, 1842; “Persecution of the Prophets”)
English to Oliver Cowdery, who
The Church Leaders were quoting their own canonised Doctrine and Covenants section 101 (1835 edition),
was his principal scribe, and
knowing all the time it was a complete lie and totally false.
when it was written down and
repeated to Brother Joseph to
see if it was correct, then it
would disappear and another character with the
interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon
was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by
any power of man.” (David Whitmer, An Address to All
Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)
Figure 1 - Section 101 Doctrine and Covenants 1835 Edition condemning Polygamy,
Emma Smith ( Joseph Smith’s Wife ) was deleted from the Doctrine and Covenants in 1876.
"In writing for your father I frequently wrote day after day,
often sitting at the table close by him, he sitting with his Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith's brother and Assistant President of the church, wrote:
face buried in his hat, with the stone in it, and dictating hour after hour with nothing between us." “To the brethren of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, living on China Creek, in Hancock
(History of the RLDS Church, 8 vols. (Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1951), "Last Testimony of Sister Emma County, Greeting: Whereas brother Richard Hewitt has called on me to-day, to know my views
[Smith Bidamon]" 3:356.)
concerning some doctrines that are preached in your place, and states to me that some of your elders
Michael Morse( Emma Smith's brother-in-law) say, that a man having a certain priesthood, may have as many wives as he pleases, and that doctrine is
"When Joseph was translating the Book of Mormon [I] had occasion more than once to go into his taught here: I say unto you that that man teaches false doctrine, for there is no such doctrine taught
immediate presence, and saw him engaged at his work of translation. The mode of procedure consisted here; neither is there any such thing practiced here, and any man that is found teaching privately or
in Joseph's placing the Seer Stone in the crown of a hat, then putting his face into the hat, so as to publicly any such doctrine, is culpable, and will stand a chance to be brought before the High Council,
entirely cover his face, resting his elbows upon his knees, and then dictating word after word, while the and lose his license and membership also: therefore he had better beware what he is about..” (Times and
scribes Emma, John Whitmer, O. Cowdery, or some other wrote it down." (W.W. Blair interview with seasons, March 15, 1844; Vol. 5, No. 6, p.474)
Michael Morse, Saints Herald, vol. 26, no. 12 (June 15, 1879), pp. 190-91.) At the time he wrote this, Hyrum Smith had married at least five wives polygamously, most within the
“The manner in which he pretended to read and interpret was the same manner as when he looked for previous year (he was converted to the secret polygamy doctrine in 1843). His polygamous wives were
the money-diggers, with the stone in his hat, while the book of plates were at the same time hid in the Mercy R. Fielding, Catherine Phillips, Lydia Dibble, Louisa Sanger, a woman named Perry and another
woods." (Isaac Hale (Emma Smith's father's) affidavit, 1834.) woman named Derbot. (listed in D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power [Vol. 1], Salt Lake City
1994, pp. 583-584)
"Martin Harris related an incident that occurred during the time that he wrote that portion of the
translation of the Book of Mormon which he was favored to write direct from the mouth of the Prophet In a public debate with Protestant ministers at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, in 1850, John Taylor (then an
Joseph Smith. He said that the Prophet possessed a seer stone, by which he was enabled to translate as apostle, later to become the third president of the church), said:
well as from the Urim and Thummim, and for convenience he then used the seer stone, Martin “We are accused here of polygamy, and actions the most indelicate, obscene, and disgusting, such that
explained the translation as follows: By aid of the seer stone, sentences would appear and were read by none but a corrupt and depraved heart could have contrived. These things are too outrageous to admit
the Prophet and written by Martin and when finished he would say 'Written,' and if correctly written of belief; therefore... I shall content myself to reading our views of chastity and marriage, from a work
that sentence would disappear and another appear in its place, but if not written correctly it remained published by us, containing some of the articles of our Faith.”
until corrected, so that the translation was just as it was engraven on the plates, precisely in the "Doctrine and Covenants," page 330, .... "we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife,
language then used." (Edward Stevenson, "One of the Three Witnesses," reprinted from Deseret News, 30 Nov. and one woman but one husband." (Three Nights' Public Discussion..., published by John Taylor, Liverpool 1850)
1881 in Millennial Star, 44 (6 Feb. 1882): 86-87.)
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Lying About Polygamy In an 1885 interview Zenas H. Gurley, then the editor of the RLDS Saints Herald, asked Whitmer if Joseph
had used his "Peep stone" to do the translation. Whitmer replied:
Joseph Smith married over 33 women including 11 who were already married to living husbands. He "... he used a stone called a "Seers stone,"the "Interpreters" having been taken away from him because of
married many teenagers and even 14 year old Helen Marr Kimball having persuaded her that she needed transgression. The "Interpreters" were taken from Joseph after he allowed Martin Harris to carry away
to do this for herself and her family’s salvation in a higher Celestial Kingdom. Others he told that an Angel the 116 pages of Ms [manuscript] of the Book of Mormon as a punishment, but he was allowed to go on
with a drawn sword commanded him to do this or he would be slain. Not only did he practice polygamy and translate by use of a "Seers stone" which he had, and which he placed in a hat into which he
secretly, he lied and deceived the public and ordinary church members all his life. buried his face, stating to me and others that the original character appeared upon parchment and
under it the translation in English."
Wives of Joseph Smith Date Age Husband* "I, as well as all of my father's family, Smith's wife, Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris, were present during
Emma Hale Jan 1827 22 the translation...He [Joseph Smith] did not use the plates in translation." (David Whitmer, as published in
Fanny Alger 1833 16 the "Kansas City Journal," June 5, 1881, and reprinted in the RLDS "Journal of History", vol. 8, (1910), pp. 299-300.)
Lucinda Morgan Harris 1838 38 George W. Harris
Louisa Beaman Apr 1841 26 "Now the way he translated was he put the urim and thummim into his hat and Darkned his Eyes than he
Zina Huntington Jacobs Oct 1841 20 Henry Jacobs would take a sentance and it would apper in Brite Roman Letters. Then he would tell the writer and he
Presendia Huntington Buell Dec 1841 31 Normal Buell would write it. Then that would go away the next sentance would Come and so on. But if it was not Spelt
Agnes Coolbrith Jan 1842 33 rite it would not go away till it was rite, so we see it was marvelous. Thus was the hol [whole]
Sylvia Sessions Lyon Feb 1842 23 Windsor Lyon translated."(Joseph Knight, Sr., an early member of the Church and a close friend of Joseph Smith. Joseph Knight's
Mary Rollins Lightner Feb 1842 23 Adam Lightner
Patty Bartlett Sessions Mar 1842 47 David Sessions “The statement has been made that the Urim and Thummim was on the altar in the Manti Temple when
Marinda Johnson Hyde Apr 1842 27 Orson Hyde that building was dedicated. The Urim and Thummim so spoken of, however, was the seer stone which
Elizabeth Davis Durfee Jun 1842 50 Jabez Durfee was in the possession of the Prophet Joseph Smith in early days. This seer stone is now in the possession
Sarah Kingsley Cleveland Jun 1842 53 John Cleveland of the Church.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3 vols. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1956), 3:225. )
Delcena Johnson Jul 1842 37
Eliza R. Snow Jun 1842 38
Sarah Ann Whitney Jul 1842 17
Martha McBride Knight Aug 1842 37
Ruth Vose Sayers Feb 1843 33 Edward Sayers
Flora Ann Woodworth Spring 1843 16
Interview with Richard Bushman, Stake Patriarch and Author of ’Joseph Smith
Emily Dow Partridge Mar 1843 19
Eliza Maria Partridge Mar 1843 22
Rough Stone Rolling’. (Full audio Interview on
John Dehlin ….. you know most people would be just stunned to know that there’s no real
Almera Johnson Apr 1843 30
Lucy Walker May 1843 17 evidence that the plates were used err materially in the translation and that the Urim and
Sarah Lawrence May 1843 17 Thummim meaning the crystals in the breastplate weren’t used either. That’s real different
Maria Lawrence May 1843 19 from the accounts that we kind of grew up with in Primary and Sunday school and Seminary.
Helen Mar Kimball May 1843 14 Richard Bushman Yea well that’s the account that’s in the historical records though so we just
Hanna Ells Mid 1843 29 have to live with it.
Elvira Cowles Holmes Jun 1843 29 Jonathan Holmes
Rhoda Richards Jun 1843 58 (then a few minutes further in the Interview)
Desdemona Fullmer Jul 1843 32 John Dehlin Ok err and do you think we need to change the art and the pictures and the graphics
Olive Frost Mid 1843 27 in the motion pictures that we are using to depict the process…………
Melissa Lott Sep 1843 19 Richard Bushman Yea I definitely think we need to change it…………... It’s just a matter of accuracy
Nancy Winchester 1843 14 and the problem is if that if you’re not accurate then you down the line you put your own erm
Fanny Young Nov 1843 56 credibility in jeopardy and I don’t, I just want to think all of our young people should feel that
* Living husband at the time of marriage to Joseph Smith they’re really getting the straight story on Joseph Smith or they’re going to go through the
experience you’ve had, disillusionment, anger, it’s a very sad thing and it’s unnecessary, so we
When accused of such practice, he made the following public declaration :
do need to avoid that.
“What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can
only find one.I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can prove them all
perjurers. I labored with these apostates myself until I was out of all manner of patience;” (Address of the
Prophet—His Testimony Against the Dissenters at Nauvoo; Sunday, May 26, 1844)
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Who Are the Blacks/Negroes? Mormon Polygamy
October 9, 1859: Brigham young, during a conference talk in the Tabernacle: “... THE ONE-WIFE SYSTEM NOT ONLY DEGENERATES THE HUMAN FAMILY, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND
"You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in INTELLECTUALLY, but it is entirely incompatible with philosophical notions of immortality; IT IS A LURE
their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is TO TEMPTATION, AND HAS ALWAYS PROVED A CURSE TO A PEOPLE.” (Brigham Young; Millennial Star, Vol.
generally bestowed upon mankind. The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his 15, page. 227)
brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might “This law of MONOGAMY, or the MONOGAMIC SYSTEM, laid the foundation for prostitution and the evils
have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and diseases of the most revolting nature and character under which modern Christendom groans,...”
and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after (Apostle Orson Pratt; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, page 195.)
the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race-that they should be the "servant
of servants;" and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the “The ONLY MEN WHO BECOME GODS, even the Sons of God, are those WHO ENTER INTO POLYGAMY.”
(Brigham Young; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, page 269.)
least alter that decree. How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse
will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other “…. if a man has no divine right to marry two wives or more in this world, THE MARRIAGE FOR ETERNITY IS
descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the NOT TRUE, and your FAITH IS ALL VAIN, and all the sealing ordinances and powers, pertaining to
keys thereof. Until the last ones of the marriages for eternity ARE VAIN, WORTHLESS, GOOD FOR NOTHING; for as sure as one is true the other
residue of Adam's children are brought up also must be true. Amen.” (Orson Pratt; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 21, page 296.)
to that favourable position, the children of March 8, 1863: Brigham Young, during a conference
Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of talk in the Tabernacle,
the Priesthood. They were the first that Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African
race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen Future Mormon Prophet Wilford Woodruff:
were cursed, and they will be the last “If we were to do away with polygamy, it would only be one feather in the bird, one ordinance
from whom the curse will be removed. seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the
penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. in the Church and kingdom. Do away with that, then we must do away with Prophets and
When the residue of the family of Adam Apostles, with revelation and the gifts and graces of the Gospel, and finally give up our
come up and receive their blessings, then This will always be so. (Journal of Discourses 10:109)
religion altogether “ (Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses 13:p165 - 166 ,1869.)
the curse will be removed from the seed The white man belongs to the chosen seed?
of Cain, and they will receive blessings in
like proportion." (Journal of Discourses
7:282) Threats of Hell to the women who resist Plural Marriage
“Brother George A. Smith has been reading a little out of the revelation concerning celestial marriage, and
April 27, 1845 Speech of Elder Orson Hyde, delivered before the High Priests' Quorum, in Nauvoo I want to say to my sisters that if you lift you heels against this revelation, and say that you would
“At the time the devil was cast out of heaven, there were some spirits that did not know who had obliterate it, and put it out of existence if you had the power to nullify and destroy it, I say that if you
authority, whether God or the devil. They consequently did not take a very active part on either side, imbibe that spirit and feeling, you will go to HELL, just as sure as you are living women...You sisters
but rather thought the devil had been abused, . . . These spirits were not considered bad enough to be may say that plural marriage is very hard for you to bear. It is no such thing...But it is not the privilege of
cast down to hell, and never have bodies; neither were they considered worthy of an honourable body a woman to dictate the husband, and tell who or how many he shall take, or what he shall do with
on this earth: . . . But those spirits in heaven that rather lent an influence to the devil, thinking he had a them when he gets them, but it is the duty of the woman to submit cheerfully” (Brigham Young; Journal
little the best right to govern, but did not take a very active part any way were required to come into the Of Discourses VOL 17 page 159)
world and take bodies in the accursed lineage of Canaan; and hence the Negro or African race.”
(printed by John Taylor, p. 30 ) Young girls given in marriage to Old Men
“How will you be happy? Love the Giver more than the gift. Delight yourselves in your duties, mothers.
John Taylor, the third president of the LDS Church Here are the middle-aged and the young. I am now almost daily sealing young girls to men of age and
“Why is it, in fact, that we should have a devil? Why did not the Lord kill him long ago? . . .He needed the
experience.“(Brigham Young; Journal Of Discourses VOL 9 page 37)
devil and great many of those who do his bidding just to keep . . . our dependence upon God, . . . When
he destroyed the inhabitants of the antediluvian world, he suffered a descendant of Cain to come Couldn’t care less about Wives and Kids
through the flood in order that he[ the devil ] might be properly represented on the earth.” (Journal of “I do not know that I shall have a wife or child in the resurrection. I have never had any thoughts or
Discourses, vol. 23, p, 336) reflections upon this, or cared the first thing about it. All that I have had in my mind has been that it
"You may inquire of the intelligent of the world whether they can tell why the aborigines of this country was my duty to do the will of God, and to labor to establish his kingdom on the earth.” (Brigham Young;
Journal Of Discourses VOL 16 p70 ,JUNE 28, 1873)
are dark, loathsome, ignorant, and sunken into the depths of degradation ...When the Lord has a
people, he makes covenants with them and gives unto them promises: then, if they transgress his law, - LDS church member John Dehlin.
change his ordinances, and break his covenants he has made with them, he will put a mark upon them, - Annual exmormon conferences.
as in the case of the Lamanites and other portions of the house of Israel; but by-and-by they will become - Ex member Richard Packham.
a white and delightsome people" (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses vol. 7, p336 )
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“The following is a synopsis of President Young's remarks: Some have thought it strange what I have said “I feel to bless this people, and they are a God-blessed people. Look at them, and see the difference from
concerning Adam, but the period will come when this people of [the] faithful will be willing to adopt their condition a few years ago! Brethren who have been on missions, can you see any difference in this
Joseph Smith as their Prophet, Seer, Revelator and God, but not the father of their spirits for that was people from the time you went away until your return? [Voices: "Yes."] You can see men and women
our Father Adam.” (Prophet Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Wilford Woodruff, December 11, 1869;) who are sixty or seventy years of age looking young and handsome; but let them apostatize, and they
will become gray-haired, wrinkled, and black, just like the Devil.” (Brigham Young- Journal of Discourses,
Eliza R. Snow (1804 - 1887), plural wife of Joseph Smith, Jr. and later to Brigham Young: October 7, 1857, vol. 5, p, 332 )
"Brightest among these spirits, and nearest in the circle to our Father and Mother in heaven (the Father
being Adam), were Seth, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus Christ-"These are the sons “There is a reason why one man is BORN BLACK and with OTHER DISADVANTAGES, while another is
and daughters of Adam-the Ancient of Days-the Father and God of the whole human family. These are BORN WHITE with GREAT ADVANTAGES. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came
the sons and daughters of Michael, who is Adam, the father of the spirits of all our race. These are the here, and were obedient; more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in
sons and daughters of Eve, the Mother of a world." (Eliza R. Snow, Women of Mormondom, p. 19; all things there [pre-existence] received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less. . . . There were no neutrals in the war in Heaven. All took sides either with Christ or with Satan.
Every man had his agency there, and men receive rewards here based upon their actions there, just as
“I believe in the principle of obedience; and if I am told that Adam is our Father and our God, I just believe
they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The Negro, evidently, is receiving the
it.” (Elder James A. Little, Millennial Star, v. 16, p. 530)
reward he merits” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:61, 65-66 )
On the superiority of the Mormons over "Fallen Nations", including Africans:
The Lord is in our midst. He teaches the people continually. I have never yet preached a sermon “...among the Saints is the most likely place for these spirits to take their tabernacles, through a just and
and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture. Let me have the righteous parentage. They are sent to THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE THE MOST RIGHTEOUS OF ANY OTHER
privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good Scripture as they deserve. The people have PEOPLE UPON THE EARTH;...THIS IS THE REASON THE LORD IS SENDING THEM HERE,... “The Lord has not
the oracles of God continually. In the days of Joseph, revelation was given and written, and kept them in store for five or six thousand years past, and kept them waiting for their bodies all this time
the people were driven from city to city and place to place, until we were led into these to send them among the Hottentots, the African negroes, the idolatrous Hindoos, or any other of the
mountains. Let this go to the people with "Thus saith the Lord," and if they do not obey it, fallen nations that dwell upon the face of this earth. They are not kept in reserve in order to come forth
you will see the chastening hand of the Lord upon them. (Journal of Discourses v.13 p 95, Brigham to receive such a degraded parentage
Young, January 2, 1870) “Not only was Cain called upon to suffer [for killing Abel],
upon the earth; no, the Lord is not such a
but because of his wickedness he became the father of
being; His justice, goodness, and mercy
an inferior race. . . . Millions of souls have come into
will be magnified towards those who
this world cursed with a black skin and have been
were chosen before they were born; and
Did God the Father have Physical Sex with Mary? denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fulness of
they long to come, and they will come
“... I believe the Father came down from heaven, as the Apostles said he did, and begat the Saviour of the the blessing of the Gospel. These are the descendants
among the Saints of the living God; this
world; for he is the ONLY-begotten of the Father, which could not be if the Father did not actually beget of Cain." (The Way to Perfection, by Joseph Fielding Smith, p.
would be their highest pleasure and joy,
him in person.... I believe the Father came down in His tabernacle and begat Jesus Christ.” (Prophet 101, Genealogical Society of Utah, 1935 )
to know that they could have the
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 1, p. 238) Years Later Joseph Fielding Smith seems to deny his own privilege of being born of such noble
Mary had two Husbands? teaching (Lied?) or did he simply just forget?: parentage.” (Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt,
“This matter was a little changed in the case of the Savior of the world, the Son of the living God. The man "The Latter-day Saints have no animosity towards the Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 63)
Joseph, the husband of Mary, did not, that we know of, have more than one wife, but Mary the wife of Negro. Neither have they described him as belonging
Joseph had another husband. On the manger, was begotten, not by Joseph, the husband of Mary, but to an `inferior race'" (Joseph Fielding Smith - Answers to
by another Being. Do you inquire by whom? He was begotten by God our heavenly Father”. (Journal of Gospel Questions 4:170, 1957-1966 )
Discourses 11 p268, Brigham Young, August 19, 1866)

The First Presidency on the Negro Question, 17 Aug. 1949 - issued the following statement with
reference to the Negroes and Priesthood Ban: - Adam Is God Details - Real Mormon History Website "The attitude of the Church with reference to Negroes remains as it has always stood. It is not a - Ex -Mormon Community and Questioning Mormons matter of the declaration of a policy but of direct commandment from the Lord, on which is - Sandra Tanner, a Descendant of Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell founded the doctrine of the Church from the days of its organization, to the effect that Negroes - Scanned Images of Church Documents may become members of the Church but that they are not entitled to the priesthood at the - 20 Truths about Mormonism present time."
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Race Problems--As They Affect The Church Adam Is God
“Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came
LDS Apostle Mark E. Petersen, address given at the Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College
into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with
Level, delivered at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954.
him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is MICHAEL, the Archangel, the ANCIENT OF DAYS!
“Is there reason then why the type of birth we receive in this life is not a reflection of our worthiness or
about whom holy men have written and spoken – He is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God
lack of it in the pre-existent life? ...can we account in any other way for the birth of some of the children
with whom WE have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non-professing, must
of God in darkest Africa, or in flood-ridden China, or among the starving hordes of India, while some of
hear it, and will know it sooner or later!” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 1, p51)
the rest of us are born here in the united States? We cannot escape the conclusion that because of
performance in our pre-existence some of us are born as Chinese, some as Japanese, some as latter- “Some have grumbled because I believe our God to be so near to us as Father Adam. There are many who
day Saints. These are rewards and punishments, fully in harmony with His established policy in dealing know that doctrine to be true.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 5, p. 331)
with sinners and saints, rewarding all according to their deeds... “
“I tell you, when you see your Father in the Heavens, you will see Adam; when you see your Mother that
“IN SPITE OF ALL HE DID IN THE PRE-EXISTENT LIFE, the Lord is willing, if the Negro accepts the gospel with bear your spirit, you will see Mother Eve.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, v. 1, p.50 )
real, sincere faith, and is really converted, to give him the blessings of baptism and the gift of the Holy “How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter-day Saints in regard to one particular doctrine
Ghost. If that Negro is faithful all his days, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there which I revealed to them, and which God revealed to me – namely that Adam is our father and God – I
AS A SERVANT, but he will get celestial do not know, I do not inquire, I care nothing about it. Our Father Adam helped to make this earth, it was
glory.” created expressly for him, and after it was made he and his companions came here. He brought one of
Racism is an offense against God and a tool in the
…... The Lord segregated the people both a devil’s hands. his wives with him, and she was called Eve, because she was the first woman upon the earth. Our
to blood and place of residence. At least “How grateful I am that The Church of Jesus Christ of Father Adam is the man who stands at the gate and holds the keys of everlasting life and salvation to all
in the cases of the Lamanites {Native Latter-day Saints has from its beginnings stood his children who have or who ever will come upon the earth. (Brigham Young, Deseret News, v. 22, no. 308,
Americans} and the Negroes we have the strongly against racism in any of its malignant June 8, 1873)
definite Word of the Lord Himself that manifestations.” (‘No More Strangers’,” Ensign, Sep 2000,
“Some may think what I have said concerning Adam strange, but the period will come when the people
He placed a dark skin upon them as a p16 ; Alexander B. Morrison, Quorum Of The Seventy. )
will be willing to adopt Joseph Smith as their Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and God! but not the Father
curse - as a punishment and as a sign to
Did he forget the church’s own history? of their spirits, for that was our Father Adam.” (Brigham Young, Journal History, p. 131, December 11, 1869;
all others." online at
“I have learned by experience that there is but one God that pertains to this people, and He is the God
Where did these Latter-Day Saints teachings originate from? that pertains to this earth – the first man. That first man sent his own Son to redeem the world, to
Book of Mormon : redeem his brethren; his life was taken, his blood shed, that our sins might be remitted.” (Heber C. Kimball,
2 Nephi, 5:21 And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their Journal of Discourses, v. 4, p. 1)
iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; “I have heard brother Brigham say that Adam is the Father of our spirits, and he came here with his
wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing resurrected body, to fall for his own children; and I said to him, it leads to an endless number of falls,
unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. which leads to sorrow and death: that is revolting to my feelings, even if it were not sustained by
Alma, 3:6 And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their revelation.” (Orson Pratt, "Minutes of the Meeting of the Council of the Twelve in Historian’s Upper Room," April 5,
fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their 1860, 10 a.m.; online at
brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men “President Young followed & made many good remarks . . . He said that our God was Father Adam. He
3 Nephi, 2:15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites; was the Father of the Savior Jesus Christ--Our God was no more or less than Adam . . . Michael the
Archangel.” (Prophet Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Wilford Woodruff, February 19, 1854)
1 Nephi, 13: 15 And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and
obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and “President Young said Adam was Michael the Archangel and he was the father of Jesus Christ and was
beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain. our God, and Joseph taught this principle.” (Prophet Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Wilford Woodruff, December
16, 1867; online at
The Pearl of Great Price - Book of Moses:
“Our Father begot all the spirits that were before any tabernacle was made. When our Father came into
Moses, 7:22 And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were
the Garden He came with his Celestial body and brought one of his wives with him and ate of the fruit of
a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had
the Garden until He could beget a Tabernacle. And Adam is Michael God and all the God that we have
not place among them.
anything to do with. (Prophet Brigham Young, as quoted in the Wilford Woodruff's Journal, April 9, 1852