Racist quotes by the Prophets!


I am so sick of so much Mormon propaganda listing dorky, squeaky clean quotes from Prophets next to smiley pictures of them.

Here is something quite different.

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

“And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.”
Joseph Smith, Moses 7:22

“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species and put them on a national equalization.”
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 5, pages 218 ‑ 219

Brigham Young

“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.”
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 10:110 (JournalOfDiscourses.com)

“You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, un‑comely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.”
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 7:290 (JournalOfDiscourses.com)

“The blood of Cain was more predominant in these Mexicans than that of Israel, and we thus condemn the mixing of Mormons with outsiders.”
Brigham Young, Cultural ‘Encystment’ as a Cause of the Exodus from Mexico in 1912, Pacific Historical Review, v. 34, 1965, p. 447

John Taylor

John Taylor
“This Greeley is one of their popular characters in the East, and one that supports the stealing of Niggers…”
John Taylor, Journal of Discourses 5:119 (JournalOfDiscourses.com)

“For instance, the descendants of Cain cannot cast off their skin of blackness, at once, and immediately, although every should of them should repent…. Cain and his posterity must wear the mark which God put upon them; and his white friends may wash the race of Cain with fuller’s soap every day, they cannot wash away God’s mark.”
John Taylor, Millennial Star, v. 14, p. 418

Wilford Woodruff

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“The Lamanites [Native Americans], now a down‑trodden people, are a remnant of the house of Israel. The curse of God has followed them as it has done the Jews, though the Jews have not been darkened in their skin as have the Lamanites.”
Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses 22:173 (JournalOfDiscourses.com)

Lorenzo Snow
Have not found anything at this point, but he served in between racist Prophets.

Joseph F. Smith

See Harold B. Lee section.

Heber J. Grant
Have not found anything at this point, but he served in between racist Prophets.

George Albert Smith

“We are told that Michael and his angels fought, and we understand that we stood with Christ our Lord, on the platform, “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.” I cannot conceive our Father consigning his children to a condition such as that of the negro race, if they had been valiant in the spirit world in that war in heaven.”
George Albert Smith, Conference Reports, CR April 1939, Second Day‑Morning Meeting

“The negro is an unfortunate man. He has been given a black skin…”
George Albert Smith, Conference Reports, CR April 1939, Second Day‑Morning Meeting

David O. McKay

“I know of no scriptural basis for denying the Priesthood to Negroes other than one verse in the Book of Abraham (1:26); however, I believe, as you suggest that the real reason dates back to our pre‑existent life.”
David O. McKay, Mormonism and the Negro, Part 2, p. 19

Joseph Fielding Smith

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“That negro race, for instance, have been placed under restrictions because of their attitude in the world of spirits, few will doubt. It cannot be looked upon as just that they should be deprived of the power of the Priesthood without it being a punishment for some act, or acts, performed before they were born.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, page 43

“There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, p. 61

“Ham, through Egyptus, continued the curse which was placed upon the seed of Cain. Because of that curse this dark race was separated and isolated from all the rest of Adam’s posterity before the flood, and since that time the same condition has continued, and they have been ‘despised among all people.’ This doctrine did not originate with President Brigham Young but was taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith …. we all know it is due to his teachings that the negro today is barred from the Priesthood.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, pages 110‑111

“Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. A curse placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fullness of the blessings of the Gospel. These are the descendants of Cain. Moreover, they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning…. we will also hope that blessings may eventually be given to our negro brethren, for they are our brethren‑children of God‑not withstanding their black covering emblematical of eternal darkness.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, pages 101‑102

“When the Lamanites [Native Americans] fully repent and sincerely receive the gospel, the Lord has promised to remove the dark skin.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, v. 3, p. 123, 1953

“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 they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, pp. 65‑66

Harold B. Lee

Note to reader: The following quote relates to an African-American man named Elijah Abel, who supposedly received the Priesthood from Joseph Smith. There was much discussion long after both had died concerning whether his ordination was null and void (as he was African-American and African-American people couldn’t receive the Priesthood before 1978).
“Some are heralding the fact that there was one of colored blood, Elijah Abel, who was ordained a Seventy in the early days. They go to the Church chronology and find the date of this ordination, and hold that up as saying that we departed from what was started way back, but they forget that also in Church history is another interesting observation. President Joseph F. Smith is quoted in a statement under date of August 26, 1908, when he referred to Elijah Abel who was ordained a Seventy in the days of the Prophet and to whom was issued a Seventy’s certificate. This ordination, when found out, was declared null and void by the Prophet himself and so likewise by the next three presidents who succeeded the Prophet Joseph. Somehow because of a little lapse, or a little failure to do research properly, some people reach a conclusion that they had wanted to reach and to make it appear as though something had been done way back from which we had departed and which now ought to be set in order” Harold B. Lee April 19, 1961, BYU Speeches of the Year, 1961, p.7

Spencer W. Kimball

“I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today… The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. In this picture of the twenty Lamanite missionaries, fifteen of the twenty were as light as Anglos, five were darker but equally delightsome. The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation. At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter we represent, the little member girl—sixteen—sitting between the dark father and mother, and it was evident she was several shades lighter than her parents—on the same reservation, in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather… These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness.” Spencer W. Kimball, The Improvement Era, Dec. 1960, p. 923. Retrieved December 15, 2013

Ezra Taft Benson

“In addition to this, and to co‑operate with it, it has been made known by revelation, that it will be pleasing to the Lord, should they form a matrimonial alliance with the Natives; and by this means the Elders, who comply with the thing so pleasing to the Lord, and for which the Lord has promised to bless those who do it abundantly, gain a residence in the Indian territory, independent of the agent. It has been made known to one, who has left his wife in the state of N.Y. that he is entirely free from his wife, and he is at liberty to take him a wife from among the Lamanites. It was easily perceived that his permission was perfectly suited to his desires. I have frequently heard him state, that the Lord had made it known to him, that he is as free from his wife as from any other woman; and the only crime that I have ever heard alleged against her is, she is violently opposed to Mormonism.”
Ezra Taft Benson, Ohio Star, December 8, 1831

Howard W. Hunter
Don’t remember reading anything racist from him during his Prophetic tenure. Then again, his Presidency lasted under a year.

Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon B Hinckley
Thomas Monson

Thomas S Monson
By this point, leaders finally learned to keep their mouths shut when it came to their racist views.

Here is a special quote I have been saving for last – straight from President Joseph Fielding Smith!
“Many [Native American] converts are delightsome and have the Spirit of the Lord. Perhaps there are some Lamanites today who are losing the dark pigment. Many of the members of the Church among the Catawba Indians of the South could readily pass as of the white race; also in other parts of the South.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, v. 3, p. 123, 1953

I do not know how my point can be made in any clearer way than this.
Joseph Fielding Smith is undeniably positioning white people above all dark (and presumably, all eastern) people. He is signifying that “dark pigment” is an undesirable trait.

This is the definition of racism as well as a white power mentality.

Sadly, there were many more quotes I could have placed in this blog – and those are just the quotes I know of.

If there are any Mormons out there reading this, I issue a challenge to you. Convince me, with reason and evidence, that these quotes did not come from the aforementioned parties or that they are not racist in nature.

Do that for two or more of the above quotes and I will delete this post.

I have shown that 11 out of the 16 LDS Prophets have seriously and openly affirmed their racism.

Disavow this, LDS Church.


Phichol Medici

One Response to “Racist quotes by the Prophets!”

  1. Runs with Scissors

    Who are you to use my People, the Catawba to further your racist agenda? Are you Native American, real, not Mexican or other branches?


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