LDS Church Disavows Teaching from Brigham Young

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Updated: 12/09/2013 4:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Church fo Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing its most extensive explanation yet about the faith's past exclusion of blacks from the priesthood with a new Web posting that for the first time disavows previous teachings.

The statement on the church's website says an era of great racial divide influenced the church, and it pins the ban on a 1852 announcement from church president Brigham Young. The write-up was published on Friday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints barred men of African descent from the priesthood until 1978.

Mormon scholars call the recent posting a significant moment in church history for what has been a sensitive topic for church leaders and the 15 million members worldwide.

Mormon church officials say it's part of a series of new postings to explain or expand on certain gospel topics for its members.

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Doloog - 12/9/2013 10:03 PM
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.... Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form...

Doloog - 12/9/2013 10:03 PM
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...Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form...
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