J. Fielding Smith Racism
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith affirms blacks had no part of
the early Mormon "Church."
(Elder Parley Pratt speech) "Fourthly, Concerning free negroes and
mulattoes. Did not the laws of Missouri provide abundantly for the
removal from the state of all free negroes and mulattoes (except
certain privileged ones)? And also for the punishment of those who
introduce or harbor them? The statement concerning our invitation to
them to become Mormons, and remove to this state, and settle among
us, is a wicked fabrication, as no such thing was ever published in
the 'Star,' or anywhere else, by our people, or anything in the
shadow of it; and we challenge the people of Jackson or any other
people, to produce such a publication from us. In fact one dozen free
negroes or mulattoes never belonged to our society in any part of
the world, from its first organization to this day."
Church History and Modern Revelation.
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith blames God by way of the "Pearl
of Great Price."
If Abraham, Joseph, and Moses had married Negro wives
their descendants would have been denied the priesthood according to
the word of the Lord to Abraham. Had such a thing happened the Lord
would not have called Israel as a chosen people, neither would he
have chosen the Prophet Joseph Smith and given him the keys of
authority for the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times, as he was a
descendant of Joseph and of Abraham. Answers to Gospel Questions,
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith says that restrictions would be
removed for blacks someday.
Fortunately for the Negro, he is not denied entrance into the
Church. He may be baptized for the remission of his sins and receive
the gift of the Holy Ghost, and if true and faithful to the end, he
may enter the celestial kingdom. The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints holds out more for the Negro than any other
religious denomination. Salvation in the Kingdom of God is open to
him, with the promise that in the due time of the Lord, if he
receives the gospel, all restrictions will be removed. We have in
the Church many good, honest, faithful Negroes who fully
understand. Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 2.
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith blames God for the restrictions
placed on blacks.
In the matter of religion they also may choose any faith they
please. The Church does not bar them from membership, and we have
members of the Negro race in the Church. If a Negro is baptized and
remains true and loyal, he will enter the celestial kingdom, but it
is not the authorities of the Church who have placed a restriction on
him regarding the holding of the priesthood. It was not the Prophet
Joseph Smith nor Brigham Young. It was the Lord! If a Negro
desires to join the Church, we will give him all the encouragement
that we can, but we cannot promise him that he will receive the
priesthood. Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 2.
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith says blacks were not faithful
spirits who kept the first estate.
Let us reason together. In the Book of Moses, Chapter 4, and in
the Book of Abraham, Chapter 8, we are taught that there was a
council held in heaven and our Eternal Father presented a plan by
which we could come down on the earth and receive tabernacles
(bodies) of flesh and bones for our spirits which are begotten sons
and daughters unto God. We learn also that one third of those spirits
rebelled against the plan and followed Satan. For this they were
denied bodies of flesh and bones and have to remain spirits. Why do
not those who complain about the Negro and the priesthood also
complain about the punishment which was given to this third of the
spirits? They were denied even the blessings of bodies! Was this an
injustice on the part of our Eternal Father? Well, there were
other spirits there who were not faithful in the keeping of this
first estate. Yet they have not sinned away their right to
receive bodies and come to earth and receive the resurrection. They
were restricted in the privileges that were given to those
who keep their first estate and who were promised to have "glory
added upon their heads for ever and ever." Therefore the Lord
prepared a way through the lineage of Cain for these spirits to come
to the earth, but under the restriction of priesthood. Answers to
Gospel Questions, Volume 2.
OTHER REASONS WHY NEGRO CANNOT HOLD PRIESTHOOD PER SMITH
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith says restrictions on blacks
would be removed in the distance future on another planet not in 1978
on planet earth.
Kindly see chapters 15 and 16, in The Way to Perfection, for
further light in relation to the reason why the Negro cannot receive
the priesthood. In brief, it is as follows: Because of transgression
in the first estate which deprives him in this second estate. Since
Cain slew his brother Abel in order to obtain all the rights of
priesthood to descend through his lineage, the Lord decreed that the
children of Cain should not have the privilege of bearing the
priesthood until Abel had posterity who could have the priesthood
and that will have to be in the far distant future. When this is
accomplished on some other world, then the restrictions will be
removed from the children of Cain who have been true in this
"second" estate. Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 2.
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith says only "white" elders can
baptize and confer the Holy Spirit.
Moreover, according to the faith and knowledge of the elders of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who are so
frequently called "Mormons," the Church can do more for the Negro
than any other church on the face of the earth. What other church
can baptize them by divine authority and confirm them and give them
the gift of the Holy Ghost? What other church can promise them
with assurance that they can if they are faithful and true before the
Lord enter into the celestial kingdom? Not one of them! For other
churches do not know anything about the celestial kingdom. Answers to
Gospel Questions, Volume 4.
NEGROES MAY BECOME HEIRS OF THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM PER SMITH
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith says a black must be baptized
Mormon to be saved.
Therefore if a Negro joins the Church through the waters of
baptism and is confirmed by the laying on of hands and then he
remains faithful and true to the teachings of the Church and in
keeping the commandments the Lord has given, he will come forth in
the first resurrection and will enter the celestial kingdom of God.
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith says that blacks can not
minister within the "Church."
The Negro who accepts the doctrines of the Church and is baptized
by an authorized minister of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints is entitled to salvation in the celestial kingdom or the
highest heaven spoken of by Paul. It is true that the work of the
ministry is given to other peoples and why should the so-called
Christian denominations complain? How many Negroes have been placed
as ministers over white congregations in the so-called Christian
denominations? Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 4.
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